Australia’s North West
Picture Cable Beach – Copyright Tourism Australia
Picture Bungle Bungles – Copyright Tourism Australia
We just had an interesting newsletter from Tourism Western Australia regarding the north west region of this stunning state – below is a snippet.
Australia’s North West is one of the world’s last true wilderness areas and home to the Kimberley – the inspiration for ‘Australia’ the movie, released in 2008.
The seaside town of Broome forms the southern gateway to this spectacular region and offers up breathtaking Cable Beach – a 22km stretch of soft white sand and warm turquoise waters. From Broome, venture into red-earth country and experience an authentic Aussie outback adventure by four wheel drive, take a scenic flight over extraordinary rock formations and magnificent waterfalls, or cruise through the inland waterways that permeate the region. Amongst the North West’s many highlights, is the magnificent Bungle Bungle Range and this year marks the 30th anniversary of its discovery.
Until 1983, when it was accidentally stumbled upon by a film crew, only the local Djaru and Kija people knew of the existence of the Bungle Bungles. Now a World Heritage-listed site its fame has reached far and wide. The Purnululu National Park, a nearly 2,500 square kilometre adventure playground that is home to the Bungle Bungles, is accessed via the Kimberley’s Great Northern Highway.
Popular sites in the park, such as the narrow, 1,000m long Echidna Chasm and the overhanging natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge can be easily accessed on foot. You may also encounter some of the 130 bird species found here and unique native animals, including the nailtail wallaby and short-eared rock wallaby.
Alternatively, you can take in the park’s abundant natural wonders, including the distinctive beehive-like domes of the Bungle Bungles, from the air; local operators in Halls Creek and Kununurra offer ‘flightseeing’ tours by both light plane and helicopter. The park, which is open from April until November, is accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles only.
For more information on the region and how this can be incorporated into a wider bespoke tailor made Australia holiday, please call our office on 01323 446550, email us at email@example.com