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The Kimberley


The Kimberley is one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth with iconic outback landscapes and undiscovered secrets billions of years in the making.

Covering nearly 423,000 square kms in north Western Australia, the Kimberley has fewer people per square km than almost any other place on Earth. Accessed by the gateways of Broome and Darwin, this vast and ancient frontier is known for spectacular gorge country, enormous cattle stations, a striking coastline with towering waterfalls, and one of the oldest known surviving cultures.

If that is not enough to fascinate you, the Kimberley is home to one of the world’s best-kept secrets, the Bungle Bungle Range. Until the early 1980s, the multi-coloured dome-shaped formation was known only to local Aboriginal people. It is now, as it has been for 350 million years, an extraordinary sight that captures the imagination of locals and travellers alike.

A journey through the remote Kimberley region uncovers a number of Australia’s acclaimed natural jewels. Visit El Questro Wilderness Park, a million-acre cattle station in the heart of the wilderness, which reveals timeless landscapes as far as the eye can see. At its heart, verdant Zebedee Springs promises a soak in natural thermal pools, fringed by Livistona palms. While a cruise through Chamberlain Gorge's towering serenity is truly memorable.

The stunning Mitchell Plateau is one of the Kimberley's best-loved landmarks with its spectacular four-tiered Mitchell Falls. Hidden in these surrounds are some of the best examples of Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art. Nearby, there’s more to explore with the glittering cascades of Little Mertens Falls and Big Mertens Falls. 

Then beyond the Kimberley's bronzed and ancient beauty, lies a gleaming coastline; island archipelagos teeming with wildlife and Aboriginal rock art seemingly as old as time. Explore the Lacepede Islands, one of Australia’s most important green turtle breeding grounds. Discover Montgomery Reef as the tide dramatically recedes and you carefully make your  incredible marine life discoveries. Meander along Prince Regent River to the majestic splendour of King Cascades Falls, or let the rock art of Vansittart Bay speak of ancient Aboriginal history.

For the ultimate thrill, the Kimberley Coast’s Horizontal Falls offers an adventure like no other. Described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘one of the greatest natural wonders of the world’, this powerful tidal phenomenon is best experienced from an exhilarating Zodiac ride. Smaller vessels, which transport you to the sights and highlights larger ships cannot reach.

So explore it all on an adventure through Australia’s Kimberley, which will leave you completely in awe of one of the world’s last great frontiers.

When to go

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Signature Experiences

APT’s Signature Invitations have been carefully designed to offer that something extra. With these once-in-a-lifetime moments, you’ll experience the best the Kimberley and Top End has to offer.

Mitchell Falls Helicopter Flight

Appreciate how remote you are as you ascend in a helicopter for an unparalleled view of the spectacular four-tiered Mitchell Falls and admire the breathtaking cascading waters of the plateau from above.

Ancient Rock Art

Learn about the history of Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock art from passionate local guides.

Bungle Bungle Range

After a day's exploration, enjoy sunset drinks at the Bungles in the heart of Purnululu National Park.

Horizontal Falls

Experience the dramatic Horizontal Falls aboard an exhilarating jet boat ride and see the rush of the intense tidal currents.

Zebedee Springs

Enjoy ample time to soak in the therauuetic waters of Zebedee Springs at El Questro Wilderness Park.

King George Falls

Cruise to the base of the King George Falls. At a towering 80 metres, this is the highest waterfall in Western Australia.

Hotels, Lodges & Resorts

Bask in the idyllic surrounds of Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa on your 4WD Holiday.

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Broome

This iconic resort boasts a spectacular setting, luxurious rooms, an array of dining choices, a relaxing day spa, two swimming pools and a beach side bar to watch the sun sink into the Indian Ocean.

Tour and stay at the fascinating Home Valley Cattle Station during your 4WD Tour.

Home Valley Station

Experience a real Outback adventure as you stay on this immense working cattle station, home to grand gorges, raging rivers and welcoming waterholes.

Enjoy an exclusive stay at the elegant Cicada Lodge on your 4WD Tour through Katherine.

Cicada Lodge, Katherine

Cicada Lodge sits on an escarpment in Nitmiluk National Park and is 100% Indigenous-owned. Simple and elegant, the lodge has an organic integrity that allows it to blend into the dramatic landscape.

Wilderness Lodges

Experience a touch of luxury in the wilderness on your 4WD Tour to Piccaninny.

Understated Luxury

Get in touch with nature during your 4WD Tour stay at the Bungle Bungles Camp.

Remote & Idyllic

Meet our friendly Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge Hosts on your 4WD Adventure.

Friendly Hosts

APT’s network of exclusive wilderness lodges allow you to enjoy all the comforts of home in remote locations. Each is strategically located to maximise your experience, making the driving distances seem smaller.

APT Exclusive Wilderness Lodges

Pic-a-nic Cafe wooden sign

Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge

Located in the heart of Purnululu National Park, this award winning lodge offers convenient access to the stunning beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle Range. Discover the breathtaking beauty of Cathedral Gorge, Echidna Chasm and Mini Palms Gorge. Read more »

Enjoy a sophisticated, yet informal setting at the brand new Ungolan Pavilion on your Kimberley adventure.

Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge

Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge is a stunning example of our 'touch of luxury in the wilderness' philosophy. Enjoy a sophisticated, yet informal setting at the Ungolan Pavilion. Architecturally designed, it fuses modern Australian and Indigenous influences, creating a sophisticated sanctuary in this rugged frontier. Read more »

Wine and dine with new friends at the Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge.

Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge is positioned just 200 metres off the Gibb River Road near the Imintiji Aboriginal community. With views of the King Leopold Ranges, the property is ideal for those who seek ‘a touch of luxury’ in the remote wilderness. Read more »

Ambient Dining

Experience panoramic sunset views over Cable Beach on your 4WD Adventure.

Special Dining Experience

Food is an important part of any holiday. That’s why no matter where you travel with us, you’ll enjoy unique and special dining experiences specific to the region you are visiting. From sunset drinks to picturesque picnics and exceptional dinners, it's all part of the Kimberley experience.

Savour Sumptuous Cuisine on your 4WD Holiday.

Wine & Dine at APTs Wilderness Lodges

Not only at Stations and Resorts will your food be fantastic, but the talented chefs at our Wilderness Lodges strive to make your dining experience the highlight of your Kimberley adventure.

The feedback we continually receive from our guests is that they are amazed and impressed at the standard of dining in our remote wilderness lodges, and how these experiences are a highlight of all the dining experiences throughout their holiday. We are extremely proud of this feedback as each of the APT Wilderness Lodges has an experienced chef that delivers exceptional meals.

Buffet Breakfasts

Choose from a selection of delicious breakfast offerings, enjoy a warm drink and watch the bush awaken.

Three-Course Dinners

Sit down for dinner each night and linger over an indulgent three-course meal, showcasing the region’s freshest produce.

Delight in Delicious Outback Cuisine on your 4WD Tour to Drysdale River Station.

Open-Air Dining

When we built our wilderness lodges, we catered for those who enjoy ambience with their meals. As night falls and the Outback transforms, there’s no better place to soak up the atmosphere beneath a star-studded sky in our open-air restaurants.

Evenings Around the Camp Fire

APT Wilderness Lodge hosts will build a camp fire so that you can relax at the end of each day and enjoy an iconic Outback experience. Listen to the wondrous wildlife and gaze skyward as you share anecdotes and laughter with other guests.

Sunset Bar and Grill

The spectacular setting of Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa deserves cuisine equally as impressive. The Sunset Bar and Grill is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal, with the sun setting over the Indian Ocean providing a memorable experience.

Licensed Lodges

For our intrepid travellers who like to enjoy a drink before or during their meal, we’ve made sure that a range of quality beer, wine and mixed drinks are available to purchase at our lodges.

Cicada Lodge

At this exclusive lodge, enjoy native Australian foods incorporated into a contemporary menu. Enjoy canapés and drinks on arrival then be treated to an exquisite three-course meal.

Travel Styles

APT has been revealing the secrets of the Kimberley to travellers for over 40 years. Choose from a range of touring programs to suit your requirements.

Traverse the rugged Outback in comfort aboard our custom-designed 4WD vehicles.

Small Group 4WD Adventures

Get off the bitumen and experience a 4WD adventure along legendary outback roads. Explore the Kimberley and Outback with a small group, lead by friendly and knowledgeable Driver-Guides. Read more »

Cruise the Kimberley coastline and experience all-inclusive exclusivity on board the MS Caledonian Sky with APT.

Cruising Adventures

With four fantastic ships, across two unique regions of Australia, choose the style of cruising you desire. Enjoy friendly & personalised service onboard, while enjoying specially crafted cruising itineraries. Read more »

Relax on your Private Deck at Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge on your 4WD Adventure.

Self-Drive Accommodation

Driving your own vehicle through the wilds of the Kimberley, and looking for the perfect place to stay with a touch of luxury? Our exclusive network of Wilderness Lodges make it easy. Read more »

Expert Driver-Guides

As the Kimberley’s number one tour operator, we know that our Driver-Guides are key to your experience. They are the heart and soul of APT. They understand extraordinary travel experiences — and what they have to do to make them happen.

Our talented bunch of guides are passionate about the quality of the experience they deliver, and strive to give you as much insight into the region as possible.

We endeavor to have Indigenous guides join you when available. Their insightful commentary on Indigenous rock art and the area’s natural features really connect you with the land.