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The Kimberley, Australia
When to go
The Kimberley has a monsoon climate, and can therefore be violent, unpredicatable and rather waterlogged during the hotter months between November and March. May is ideal.
PlanesRegular flights are available to Darwin Airport (in the neighbouring Top End region) from all major cities in Australia with Qantas (www.qantas.com.au) | Virgin Blue (www.virginblue.com.au) and Jetstar (www.jetstar.com). The international terminal is also serviced by flights from Denpasar in Bali and an assortment of other cities in Asia. From Darwin there are a couple of flights a day to Kununurra (about an hour away) with Skywest (www.skywest.com.au) or Air North (www.airnorth.com.au). Broome Airport also receives domestic and charter flights from the country’s larger cities.
AutomobilesThe major car hire companies have offices at Kununurra Airport, including Avis (www.avis.com.au). A 4x4 is essential for negotiating the Kimberley’s unpredictable roads and tracks.
TaxisCabs are limited in the Kimberley, and you can forget any notions of flagging one down in the street – there aren’t many streets, for one thing. If you’re in Broome, Broome Taxis (+61 (0)8 9192 1133) will take you anywhere you need to in the city. In Kununurra, try Spud’s Taxis (+61 (0)8 9168 2553)
It’s also worth making a trip to Western Australia’s north coast and hinterland to see unique rock carvings in situ. You’ll find Bradshaws, as some of the paintings are known, in the Kimberley region – where respected Aboriginal artist Rover Thomas was from – and there are also rock art clusters on the Burrup Peninsula south of Broome.