The Kimberley is one of Australia’s remotest regions. It occupies the northern part of Western Australia, stretching from Broome with the Indian Ocean in the west, to Kununurra in the east. Due to the scant population in such a massive land area with close to no light pollution and low humidity, night skies are stunningly clear and crisp. The Kimberley is home to a number of indigenous groups and their stunning ancient rock art galleries or petroglyphs such can be found in various places.
We drove more than 4000km one way from our home in the Atherton Tablelands (from Tropical North Queenslands east coast) across the top Northern Australian continent to spend more than 8 weeks in the Kimberleys. While the main roads are as good as it gets, the Gibb River Road is in some places a severely corrugated off-road track. This had its challenges. In some cases I just saw things flying off our Troopy looking from the back mirror, or the other side mirror. But the Gibb River Road brought us to beautiful remote waterfalls and creeks, particularly the Mitchell Falls in the very north. The Kimberley coast has some of the biggest tide changes in the world, with the area of around Derby reaching up to 13 metres! The lowering tidal scene in this video shows an 8 metre tide change from Gantheaume Point near Broome and the rising tide in the mangroves at a full moon night is from further up north past Cape Leveque.
Even though it can be extremely hot in the Kimberley, the ocean is not a place one swims in. It is inhabited by countless huge saltwater crocodiles. Every now and then a hapless person is taken, not being careful enough to stay clear of the ocean’s edge. Salties are known to travel many hundreds of kilometres out into the ocean or up rivers. Rivers and streams far and elevated from the ocean are sometimes inhabited by the more placid freshwater crocodiles. In one of the Kimberley gorges, we found a large group of freshies - as they are fondly called in Australia. Every sundown, freshies were feeding on little red flying foxes that flew out from the innermost part of the gorge, as they flew and swooped down to drink from the billabong where the freshies waited. In order to drink, fruit bats dip their chests into the water while on the wing and later lick the water off while flying. Little red flying foxes are nomadic. Roosting together in huge numbers, they follow their food source, mostly where eucalyptus flowers are in bloom.
One of the most outstanding landscapes in the Kimberley region is the Bungle Bungles from Purnunulu National Park. The beehive domes are actually better seen from a helicopter or plane, but it is also a great place to go for short hikes along the dry river beds to get to stunning scenes.
The countless boab trees of the Kimberley have fascinated us for a very long time. These huge trees with their massive bulbous trunks can be as old as a thousand years or more! The trunks are in fact so big, some of the hollowed out trees have been used as prisons in a past long time ago. To the indigenous people boab trees have spiritual meaning. They also use the rather furry large seed pods as little storyboards and artfully scratch animals or natural scenes onto them. If you ever pass through Wyndham, you most likely may meet some aboriginal people sitting in the shade under a tree carving and selling a few of their art pieces.
Click HD for better resolution and don’t stop the video after the main feature. There is still a “behind the scenes” after it. The “behind the scenes” section in the video is a compilation of clips that did not fit into the main feature but still gives a perfect atmosphere of the Kimberley region.
All time-lapse clips are shot on 8K, video on 4K.
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