One of the world’s last remaining wilderness regions, Western Australia should be high on any adventurer’s bucket list. With beaches to rival the East Coast but no people to get in the way of your sun, swathes of untouched land to explore and tumbling waterfalls to gaze at lovingly in the desert sunset, there is simply no reason not to start planning your trip immediately.
In this blog we take a closer look at the route from Broome to Darwin and pick out some of the highlights of this incredible land. Walking boots at the ready…
Before you leave for your epic road trip, take some time to experience the beautiful coastline around Broome. It’s well worth exploring off the beaten track here, but if you’re after the “quintessential” Broome experience Cable beach is the most famous stretch of sand. Do be aware though, the north area up to Willie Creek (snigger) is a nudist beach, so only head over that side if the clothes optional rules don’t worry you.
Named after the Aboriginal term for the powerful creation spirits that are said to reside here, Windjana is a beautiful spot for camping, hiking and generally being awed by the outback. Be sure to time your visit here to coincide with the dry season as “The Wet” (the typically understated Aussie phrase for the rains that cut off huge swathes of WA for weeks at a time) makes the park inaccessible.
Gibb River Road
This drive requires a 4×4, some wilderness know-how and guts! It’s a dirt track journey through 660km of Kimberly National Park past with some great bush walks, wild swimming opportunities and the chance to experience life on a working cattle station.
Manning Gorge Waterfall off the Gibb River Road
SO much more than an awesome name (but just take a moment to think about how awesome it would be to say you spent the night in the Bungle Bungles), travelling around this geological landmark is a unique wilderness experience. Though there are camp sites, there are no real facilities and you’ll need to carry food and water with you. The other option is to join an organised trip from Broome so you can spend less time planning, more time enjoying the endless stars.
You may well be surprised to find a massive lake in the middle of the WA desert, but Lake Argyle is actually artificial and was created as part of an irrigation scheme because, as we’ve already mentioned, Western Australia gets pretty dry!
Image courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
Its “unnatural” origins don’t affect the beauty of the site though (it even has fish and crocs now) and boat cruises, scenic flights, canoeing and watersports are all options to pass the time.