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Richly diverse and dramatic in its bold colours and rugged shapes, the Kimberley region in the northern reaches of Western Australia has long held a fascination among those with a thirst for adventure. It covers over 420,000km2 and is home to fewer people per square kilometre than virtually any other place on the planet, making this sparsely inhabited paradise truly wild and wonderful.
But this rugged and remote region doesn’t give up her secrets easily and accessibility has long been a challenge to even the most intrepid explorer.
Most of the thunderous waterfalls, towering gorges, verdant valleys, geological wonders, lily-fringed waterholes, rolling rivers, creviced coastline with thousands of pristine islands, coves and bays, ancient rock art galleries and abundant wildlife are hundreds of miles from anywhere and the only option for travellers to access these wonders is by air.
Jumping aboard a plane or helicopter may be the only way of reaching some of the Kimberley’s most spectacular attractions, but it’s also the very best way to see the region’s mighty grandeur.
A birds-eye view will give you a unique perspective on the vastness and diversity of this ancient land and will deepen your understanding of why it holds such a special place in the hearts of those who visit it and those who call it home.
Well-known poetess, Dorothea Mackellar’s words poignantly capture her deep love for the natural scenery and variety of the Australian landscape - and few would argue that her most famous poem, ‘My Country’ best expresses what many people feel about this rugged land.
Here’s a verse from that poem that could have been written just for the Kimberley:
I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!
It’s impossible not to be deeply moved when you visit the Kimberley and taking to the skies to experience its breathtaking and diverse vastness from above will strengthen that emotional response.
From helicopter flips over King Cascades, one of the most impressive waterfalls along the entire 12 000kms of the Kimberley coast, scenic flights over the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park with the fascinating striped beehive domes of the Bungle Bungles and the vast expanse of Lake Argyle, fixed wing tours tracking the coastline over islands, pearl farms and reefs to the stunning Mitchell Falls and low-level flights over Broome’s iconic Cable Beach where the turquoise waters of Roebuck Bay and the red desert dirt meet pristine white sands - there’s an abundance of incredible aerial perspectives to choose from.
And to experience what is probably the Kimberley’s best-known attraction, the logic-defying Horizontal Falls, there’s nothing to beat a seaplane tour from Broome or Derby.
Multi-award winning operator, Horizontal Falls Adventures offer a range of action-packed tours from Broome and Derby which include thrilling low-level scenic flights over the Buccaneer Archipelago in their Cessna Caravan amphibious aircraft with spectacular watery landings in the calm wilderness of Talbot Bay.
It’s impossible to fully appreciate the dramatic contrasts and majestic natural wonders of the vast Kimberley landscape from the ground or even from a boat on the water, but an aerial perspective during your Horizontal Falls tour in a seaplane will open up a whole new world of wonder. For more information on their extensive range of Horizontal Falls tours or to book your trip of a lifetime, please visit www.horizontalfallsadventures.com.au or call them on 08 9192 1172.