The Kimberley Dry Season – Making The Most Of Your Kimberley Adventure

Across The Kimberley ‘waterfall season’ is drawing to a close. The region’s famous bi-annual spell celebrated for its stunning natural displays brought about by spectacular weather events runs seasonally from October to March. The good news? April is just around the corner, heralding the start of the ‘dry season’ – a period characterised by warm, sun-filled days and clear blue skies, with little rainfall to interrupt your travel plans.

The Kimberley dry season – time to hit the road

While The Kimberley is beautiful any time of the year, you’re guaranteed the 27-32 degree weather of the dry season will last right through to September. Roads regain full accessibility, and conditions are optimal for self-drivers keen to explore the famous wilderness of Australia’s remote northwest.

Similarly, many Kimberley tours and attractions that close between October and March return to full hours of operation in the dry season, offering visitors a variety of experiences, sightseeing, and eco-adventures.

Planning ahead for your Kimberley experience

For many, visiting The Kimberley is a trip of a lifetime, so to tick of your bucket list adventure in style, it pays to do some advance planning to make the most of your time and budget.

With 423,517 square kilometers to explore – for perspective, that’s nearly twice the size of Victoria, and three times the size of England – developing an itinerary that accommodates the regional highlights and attractions you want to visit, while allowing sufficient time for travel, will ensure your holiday remains on schedule.

When planning your route, don’t forget accommodation options for overnight stays, along with road conditions, water, fuel, and petrol supplies. Another important consideration in is the tours you wish to experience. Options are plentiful from scenic flights to fishing charters, eco-camping, wilderness hiking adventures, and 4WD tours. With visitors to The Kimberley at their peak in the period from April to September, be sure to book tours and accommodation well in advance so you don’t miss out!

Lake Argyle Resort and Caravan Park – The ideal place to start or finish your Kimberley adventure

A Kimberley ‘must see’ destination in itself, Lake Argyle is renowned among self-driving explorers as the ideal location to begin or end their travels. Earning a reputation as ‘The Jewel of The Kimberley’ the freshwater lake and scenic surrounds has become an iconic layover for its natural beauty, breathtaking bushland setting, and comfortable accommodation and facilities.

Located in the stunning East Kimberley with year-round accessibility, Lake Argyle is perfectly positioned to service travelers entering or leaving from the Northern Territory. A picturesque seventy-kilometer drive from the vibrant town of Kununurra, it’s a great place to enjoy some relaxation and recreation before embarking on the Gibb River Road (the iconic 660km unsealed road through the heart of The Kimberley).

With accommodation options to suit every kind of traveler, Lake Argyle boasts comfortable caravan and camping sites, and cabins and villas with well-appointed facilities and amenities. Throw in an awe-inspiring infinity pool, the Lake Argyle Inn Restaurant & Café (with an exciting new seasonal menu just in time for the dry season), and a range of tours and attractions, and you’ll want to add at least three or four days to your itinerary to make the most of your visit.

Owned and operated by long-term resident and Kimberley guru, Charlie Sharpe, Lake Argyle is staffed by an experienced team keen to share their passion for The Kimberley and recommend tours and attractions to compliment any itinerary.

When asked for some ‘local knowledge’ on Lake Argyle in the dry season, Charlie offered the following top tips: “Lake Argyle is very popular through the peak northern tourist season of June, July and August. To beat the crowds, visit earlier in the season from March to May. Book ahead, but if you miss a reserved site we recommend arriving at Lake Argyle nice and early to get one of our standby sites on the day.”

Charlie expands on the range of tours and attractions, describing Lake Argyle as ‘an adventure within your Kimberley adventure’. “We’ve got everything here: boat cruises, 4×4 adventures, scenic float plane flights, helicopter adventures, hire boats, kayaks & canoes, fishing, bushwalking, amazing history and so much more. You can fill your days with unique experiences then retreat to your Lake Argyle base to soak up the amazing scenery and tranquility.”

Heading to The Kimberley in 2018’s dry season?

So, remember – when it comes to experiencing everything The Kimberley has to offer in the dry season, planning is the key.

To make the most of your Kimberley trip of a lifetime, contact the team at Lake Argyle Resort or call on (08) 9168 7777 for helpful and friendly advice on ‘must see’ tours and experiences, and to lock your accommodation in well in advance. With a colder than average winter predicted in the southern states – the Jewel of the Kimberley awaits!