...Ancient sandstone formations, aboriginal rock art, massive tidal changes, stealthy crocodiles, huge bird colony, pods of migrating humpback whales...
The Kimberley is a massive and remote region in Northwestern Australia. It has 12,000km of coastline, more than 2,500 islands, a land area of ~425,000 square kilometres, but a population of only ~34,000, almost half of whom live in Broome.
We’ve been eager to travel to The Kimberley since we moved to Australia, but it’s not the easiest place to visit due to the remoteness and limited roads. So, we were excited when Ponant, an expedition cruise company we’ve traveled with to other remote places (Antarctica, Kamchatka Peninsula) announced that they were starting trips to the Kimberley in 2017. Exploring this area by ship has the advantage of being able to directly explore the coastline, which is not accessible by road, and traveling with Ponant has the added benefit of enjoying delicious French cuisine and wine.
The Kimberley is famous for it’s ancient colorful sandstone, some of which dates back 1.8 billion years. Various forces have molded and shaped the sandstone into crazy contortions. Another unique force in the area is the tides, which can vary as much as 12m between high and low tide, which means the water is rising/falling at 4cm per minute!
Here are highlights (DINK Trip Tips) from our trip...for more details or to help plan your own visit, contact us!
Some summary DINKTrips recommendations and thoughts on past trips.