7 Incredible Broome and North West Experiences To Have On Your Big Lap

by Rose Foster

1. Take An Outback Journey

This is epic road trip country! We know you’re already on the road trip of a lifetime, but the trips you take in this region will be ones that will take your trip to the next level. The Warlu Way extends 2,480km from Ningaloo Reef, along the coast to Broome. Along the way, you’ll experience diverse landscapes and ancient Aboriginal Art. The Gibb River Road is one of Australia’s most well-known outback journeys. The Savannah Highway starts in Broome and extends 3 states to Cairns. Along the way you’ll witness changing scenery, hot springs, water holes, National Parks and some of the most breathtaking sunsets.

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2. 4WD Adventures

Western Australia’s North West Region is home to some incredible 4WD tracks. Whether you’re looking for fun for a few hours or you’re planning to make a week of it, there’s something out there. Pilbara Rail Access Roads are great options; get a pass to access the roads next to the 1,400km of private rail tracks.

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3. Embrace Indigenous Culture

You cannot come to this region without embracing the wonderful Indigenous culture. The Kimberley and Pilbara in particular, feature Aboriginal historical sites at every turn. In the Kimberley, you can see the Gwion Gwion Bradshaw figures (believed to be the oldest figure depictions in the world) and Wandjina rock art. You can seek out these sites yourself but taking a tour with a guide will undoubtedly lead to a better experience. Camping With The Custodians, takes your tour one step further and offers a unique way to gain perspective on this country.

Even if you don’t explore the rock art found in nature here, there are still a number of ways to experience it.

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4. Iconic Kimberley Experiences

The Kimberley is home to some of the biggest bucket list items and most recognisable vistas. Here you can see the 350 million year old Bungle Bungles, stand atop the Wolfe Creek Crater and visitor the quintessential Kimberley town, Fitzroy Crossing. When the sun sets on the red landscape, it’s time to look up and experience some of the most spectacular night skies ever!

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5. Explore The Coast

As the largest stretch of coastline in Australia, there is so much to explore that you could spend weeks just checking out the various beaches, rocky cliffs and crystal clear waters. You’ll undoubtedly want to check out the famous Cable Beach, but beyond that, try these recommendations:

Look for the various fishing opportunities along The Kimberley Coast and spend some time staying in some of the most remote locations the country has to offer.

Take a traditional spear fishing and mud crabbing tour with local custodians on the Dampier Peninsula.

See the world famous horizontal falls in Talbot Bay.

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6. Jump In!

This region can get hot, hot, hot! So, it’s a good thing that there is a wealth of ways to cool down. The National Parks, particularly in the Pilbara area have waterholes good for swimming. Deep Reach and Python Pool (Millstream Chichester National Park), the emerald rock pools of Karijini National Park and Crocodile Creek in the Kimberley are all awesome swimming spots. A word of warning though: this is croc country so always pay attention to signs before hopping in.

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7. Find your sense of adventure

The biggest and best tip we can give you when it comes to exploring this area is to embrace your sense of adventure. Getting amongst nature is what it’s all about here. So, even if you don’t normally jump in swimming holes or you’re not really a kayaker, say YES to the fun outdoor experience that you come across (obviously, exercise common sense and only say ‘yes’ to the things that are permitted and safe!).

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