Trip to the stunning Kimberley

Here is the map of our trip to the Kimberley region, north of the state of Western Australia (June-July 2007).

For easier browsing, I have organised the photos into four different albums. As you will notice, some of them contain larger panoramic photos (both horizontal and vertical!). To view them in full (in case they stick out of your display), you should download them to your computer and view them with a separate picture viewer. Alternatively, (smart) Firefox users can simply right-click on the photo and select "View Image" (Firefox should resize the photo to fit within your monitor).

In addition, Cress has written some epic travel notes for this trip too, which you can download here if you're interested in a good read!

Now on to the photo galleries...

  • Our 4WD camper: the perfect vehicle for our trip.

  • First encounter with the Gibb: after flying to Broome, the original plan (see this map) was to drive to Kununurra via the Gibb River Road, a renowned 700km 4WD-only track (which was to be the highlight of our trip), and then drive back to Broome along the Great Northern Highway which is sealed. Unfortunately, the bad weather had firmly decided to change our plans: parts of the Kimberley received up to three times the monthly rain average for June in about 48 hours! So after a few hundred kilometers along the Gibb, we finally had to reverse and start again on sealed roads, along the southern part of the loop.

  • Along the Great Northern Highway: from Derby to Kununurra, with highlights including Geikie Gorge and the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park).

  • Back onto the Gibb River Road: from Kununurra back to Broome, with the El Questro wilderness park a definite highlight. Then, as we soon found out, driving along the Gibb River Road (in the dry weather!) is all about driving from one swimming hole with majestic falls and crystal-clear waters to the next. Despite the cold temperatures of most of them, we made full use of what was on offer!

    Update (March 2009)!... The missed photo opportunity I've been kicking myself about ever since I failed to stop while driving along the Gibb River Road (thanks Marco and Maddie for snapping it for me!) ;-)

    (c) Madeleine Kaulisch