With an area larger than 75% of the world’s countries, a trip to The Kimberley is best spread over a number of weeks. Recognised as Australia’s ‘last frontier,’ the natural attractions and experiences of The Kimberley are often separated by vast distances. If you’re travelling to a timeframe, Kimberley tours are a great option to explore the ‘must see’ highlights of the region.
Kimberley Seasons – Myth vs Reality
Geographically disposed to a tropical monsoon climate, The Kimberley has distinct seasons (commonly referred to as ‘wet’ and ‘dry’) that can make for very different travel experiences; and while some close or offer limited access between October to March, you can still find Kimberley tours that accommodate visitors all year round.
There is a common misconception that during The Kimberley wet season, the rain commences on 1 October and lasts right through to the end of March. Fortunately this is not the case, and visitors can expect the duration of seasonal rainfall to last six to eight weeks, generally around February/March.
With over 340 days of sunshine and clear skies in the region annually, the wet season not only restores and rejuvenates The Kimberley, but provides visitors with the experience of a lifetime with spectacular thunderheads and lightening displays and at times amazing waterfalls and creeks running off the stunning escarpments.
Kimberley Tours and Attractions
Unleash your sense of adventure, relax and rejuvenate, or discover and explore – the choice is yours. The following gives a snapshot of the diversity of attractions to add to your itinerary, and will help you plan the right season for your travels.
Lake Argyle – Open all year round
Lake Argyle Caravan Park and Resort with its range of quality, comfortable accommodation options, facilities and amenities, is open year round and offers a range of Kimberley tours, with several available during the wet season.
Says owner, Charlie Sharpe, “People are often surprised to learn we’re open year round. We run our own tour office, which is conveniently located onsite, and our convenience shop and restaurant are also open for business. As with all things in The Kimberley during the wet season availability can be limited for certain tours, so it’s always a good idea to ring ahead to avoid disappointment.”
With amazing boat cruises, swimming, water sports, bushwalking and fishing available all year, guests can explore the stunning natural setting, experience local flora, fauna and birdlife, or try their hand at catching a barramundi in the recently stocked Ord River below the Lake Argyle Dam Wall. Guided tour options include:
Boat Cruises: From a two hour voyage to a full day tour, a boat cruise is the best way to view the wilderness and serenity of The Kimberley. “We offer five different cruise options, including Lake Argyle and Ord River. During the low season people enjoy our sunset cruise which runs three or four days a week. I encourage everyone to book in advance to ensure it fits with their planned visit,” advises Charlie.
4WD Tours: Take an off road adventure in a 4WD safari vehicle, visiting various sites of interest including Aboriginal art, wildlife reserves, and the Stockman’s Museum (dry season only).
Scenic Flights: Take to the sky in a plane or helicopter for an unforgettable bird’s eye view of Lake Argyle, the Bungle Bungles, and iconic Kimberley landscape and waterways (available on demand).
Historic Durack Homestead Museum: Visit the home of the pioneering Durack family to learn what life was like in the East Kimberley in 1895. (Closed October to March).
“While some tour options may have limited availability depending on the season, for many it simply gives them a reason to return to Lake Argyle,” says Charlie. “If you’re coming in the wet season the thunderstorms are spectacular. Their huge mushroom clouds bloom over the Lake from late November to March. It’s a real contrast to the dry season, and there aren’t many places you can view these storms like Lake Argyle.”
Lake Argyle Resort Tour Desk
To help plan your holiday around the ‘must do’ attractions of The Kimberley, the team at the Lake Argyle Resort Tour Desk offer a personalised booking service based around your requirements, budget, and timeframe.
“We’ve got indepth knowledge to recommend the right Kimberley tours, along with the local knowledge to advise on driving conditions, itineraries, distances and weather conditions. We’re also happy to assist with other bookings or connect you with alternate tour operators throughout The Kimberley so you can experience the best from east to west,” says Charlie.
For more information about Kimberley tours and Lake Argyle, or to book a tour or accommodation online visit www.lakeargyle.com or drop in and visit the Lake Argyle Resort or Caravan Park any time of the year.