The Kimberley Region
The Kimberley is considered one of the earliest settled parts of Australia, with the first people landing somewhere between 40,000 and 65,000 years ago.
The Kimberley region is located on the 21st parrallel in the northwest of Western Australia. It covers an area of 421,000 square kilometres, which is about three times the size of England or twice the size of Victoria, Australia.
It's borders are distinct and beautiful and enriched by the age of the land. To the south sits the Great Sandy Desert, to the north, the Timor Sea and to the West, the Indian Ocean. On it's eastern boundary, the great Kimberley region runs into its neighbour and closest relation, the Top End - Northern Territory.
The Kimberley landscape is complex. It is made up of a huge central plateau of dissected sandstone ranges; an extensive limestone range formed from an ancient barrier reef; a rugged coastline of steep-sided tidal gulfs, mangrove-fringed estuaries and numerous offshore islands; the floodplains of the Fitzroy and Ord Rivers; large tracts of undulating sand country, and the extensive grasslands and woodlands.
Perhaps one of its most endearing features, the remoteness of the Kimberley has meant smaller populations and less disturbance of the natural wonders of the region. Sitting much closer to Bali than Perth, the Kimberley provides a unique experience amongst diverse landscapes, great tracts of land, wild water systems and the rich traditions and history of Aboriginal culture.