Broome to Katherine – Places to Visit
The pearling history and indigenous culture of Broome are present in its art, food and people, making this outpost a favourite with many travellers. This is also a town managing regional growth from mining and gas resources, so you’ll find modern amenities and creature comforts. Cable Beach is a stunning setting, side trips to the Dampier Peninsula are very worthwhile and spectacular coastal cruises depart from here. View the world’s largest population of Humpback Whales or the renowned shore birds in their migratory cycles. Try to catch the horse racing or Shinju Matsuri (Festival of the Pearl) for some local fun. Broome can be your start or finish to the Savannah Way, or a base to explore from if you fly in and out. Either way allow a few days here.
- Broome Visitor Centre Phone: 1800 883 777
- Broome Sanctuary Resort Phone: 08 9192 8088
- Kujurta Buru Cultural Tours Phone: 08 9192 2660
- Kimberley Wild Phone: 1300 73 88 70
- All Terrain 4WD Safaris Phone: 1800 633 456
- Willie Creek Pearl Farm Phone: 08 9192 0000
- Broome Bird Observatory Phone: 08 9193 5600
- Pinctada Cable Beach Phone: 1800 PINCTADA
- Broome Stay Apartments Phone: 08 9193 7200
- Roebuck Bay Hotel Phone: 08 9192 1221
- Eco Beach Phone: 08 9193 8015
- Vacation Village Caravan Park Phone: 08 9192 1057
- Cable Beach Caravan Park Phone: 1800 551 196
- Roebuck Bay Caravan Park Phone: 08 9192 1366
- Palm Grove Holiday Resort Phone: 1800 803 336
Broome Visitor Centre
The Broome Visitor Centre is a not-for-profit, non government funded organisation. We offer a free booking service for local tours, accommodation, vehicle hire, and also support and promote local businesses. Freecall 1800 883 777 or visit www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au. Broome… let yourself go.
The Kimberley’s first town, famous for its Boab Tree lined streets and Australia’s highest tidal range (11 metres) Derby is the jumping off point for the Gibb River Road. Good fishing off the jetty with the incoming tide. Walk the Joonjoo Botanical Trail and visit Wharfinger’s Museum (key from Visitor’s Centre). Check out the nearby 120 metre long cattle trough and Prison Boab Tree.
- King Sound Resort Hotel Phone: 08 9193 1044
- Boab Inn Phone: 08 9191 1044
- West Kimberley Lodge Phone: 08 9191 1031
- Kimberley Entrance Caravan Park Phone: 08 9193 1055
- Derby Visitor Centre Phone: 1800 621 426
The Gibb River Road from Derby to Kununurra
This iconic unsealed route includes many of The Kimberley’s natural highlights and frontier experiences. Plan your accommodation and fuel stops as there are long remote sections and drive carefully. Note that the road to Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek allows you to mix some Gibb River Road experiences with those on the highway if time is limited. The story of Jandamarra, the Aboriginal outlaw, is a poignant piece of local history.
- Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre Phone: 08 9191 1008
- Birdwood Downs Station Phone: 08 9191 1275
- Windjana Gorge National Park
- Tunnel Creek National Park
The gorges of the Gibb River Road provide idyllic swimming and walking opportunities. Allow yourself some time to relax at your own selection and meet some locals at the variety of camping and accommodation along the route.
- King Leopold National Park
- Bell Gorge and Silent Grove
- Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge Phone: 08 91914645
- Imintji Store Phone: 08 9191 7471
- Imintji Wilderness Camp Phone: 1800 889 389
- Mornington Wilderness Camp Phone: 08 9191 7406
- Beverley Springs Phone: 08 9191 4646
- Galvans Gorge
- Mount Barnett Roadhouse Phone: 08 9191 7007
- Manning Gorge
- Mount Elizabeth Station Phone: 08 9191 4644
The Kalumburu Road leads to the spectacular Mitchell Falls as well as Kalumburu community. There are some serious 4WD sections in this road so check with locals before proceeding. There is good camping at Mitchell Plateau, Miners Pool and the King Edward River and tented accommodation at Kimberley coastal Camp (Phone 08 9161 4410), plus at Mitchell Plateau and Marunbabidi (Phone 1800 889 389). Drysdale River Station (Phone 08 9161 4326) has scenic flights over the coast and Mitchell Falls.
- Home Valley Station Phone: 08 9161 4233
- El Questro Wilderness Park Phone: 08 9169 1777
Home Valley and El Questro are accessible on good quality unsealed road from the eastern end (Kununurra) if you are not driving the entire Gibb River Road.
A port for cattle, agriculture and mining. Visit the port area including the Wyndham Museum. Enjoy the free BBQ’s at the panoramic Five Rivers Lookout, and Warrin Park Dreamtime Statues. Birders will enjoy spotting Gouldian Finches here and exploring Parry Lagoon.
- Gulf Breeze Guesthouse Phone: 08 9161 1401
- Wyndham Caravan Park Phone: 08 9161 1064
- Parry Creek Farm Phone: 08 9161 1139
- Diggers Rest Station Phone: 08 9161 1029
The sealed Highway Route from Derby to Kununurra
You’ll see some expansive landscapes and stop at a range of fascinating cultural sites and activities on this route.
Aboriginal community owned camping and accommodation with fishing around the region. There is a General Store at Camballin and fuel at Looma Community.
- Campers Base Phone: 08 9191 7752
A regional centre on the banks of Australia’s largest River, the Fitzroy, in the heart of Australia’s best pastoral country. The town has a growing art network. Geikie Gorge has National Park and local Aboriginal operated cruises that are booked through the Visitors Centre, and scenic walks.
- Geikie Gorge National Park
- Bungoolee Tours Phone: 08 9191 5355
- Fitzroy River Lodge Phone: 08 9191 5141
- The Crossing Inn Phone: 08 9191 5080
- Fitzroy Crossing Visitor Centre Phone: 08 9191 5355
90km east of Fitzroy Crossing these are accessed with an Aboriginal guide booked through the Fitzroy crossing Visitor Centre Phone: 08 9191 5355.
A blossoming service centre and the site of a nineteenth century gold rush. Base yourself here to see some spectacular nearby sites such as Wolfe Creek Crater, the world’s second largest meteorite crater almost a kilometre wide, the China Wall, a quartz vein breaking through the ground, and four nearby Aboriginal community Artists’ Centres. Gold rush relics and swimming holes make for some fun and scenic local touring. Interesting Town Walk takes around 40 minutes using the brochure from the Visitor Information Centre. You can find out more about Halls Creek at www.heartofthekimberley.com.au.
- Halls Creek Visitor Centre Phone: 08 9168 6262
- Kimberley Hotel Phone: 1800 355 228
- Best Western Halls Creek Phone: 08 9168 9600
- Halls Creek Caravan Park Phone: 08 9168 6169
Halls Creek Shire – The Heart Of The Kimberley
Covering some 142,908 sq km, Halls Creek Shire is the geographic and cultural heart of the Kimberley region, home of the World Heritage listed Bungle Bungle Range, Purnululu National Park and Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater, and a treasure trove of Aboriginal culture and art with more successful art centres than any other Australian shire. Visit www.hallscreektourism.com.au for more information.
Doon Doon Roadhouse
- Doon Doon Roadhouse Phone: 08 9167 8009
Warmun (Turkey Creek)
The closest facilities to the Purnululu National Park turnoff has camping and accommodation at the roadhouse and the Warmun Art Centre has works by local artists.
- Warmun Roadhouse Phone: 08 9168 7882
- Warmun Art Centre Phone: 08 9168 7496
Purnululu National Park
The Bungle Bungles are one of the Savannah Way’s most recognisable icons – stunning beehive domes of weathered sandstone that are spectacular on a walk or from the air (flights from Halls Creek, Kununurra, or Warmun or Purnululu National Park campsites). The access road is for high clearance 4WD vehicles only and is not suitable for caravans.
- Purnululu National Park
- Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge Phone: 1800 889 389
- Bungle Bungle Bush Camp Phone: 1800 682 213
On the shores of the massive man-made Lake Argyle this agricultural centre has diverse accommodation and activities for the visitor. Cruise, canoe or fish the lake, abseil or bushwalk, take a scenic flight over the local area or bungle Bungles or learn about locally mined Pink Diamonds. Check out the unique Zebra Rock Art at the gallery near town and local Indigenous art and jewellery.
- Kununurra Visitor Centre Phone: 08 9168 1177
- East Kimberley Tours Phone: 08 9168 2213
- Mackas Barra Camp Phone: 08 9169 1759
- Alligator Airways Phone: 1800 632 533
- Slingair Heliwork Phone: 1800 095 500
- Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Phone: 08 9168 2212
- Lakeview Apartments Phone: 08 9168 0000
- Kimberley Croc YHA Phone: 08 9168 2702
- Ivanhoe Village Caravan Park Phone: 08 9169 1995
- Lakeside Resort Phone: 1800 786 692
Kununurra Visitor Centre
The Kununurra Visitor Centre (KVC) is able to assist with advice about accommodation, tours, national parks and the latest road condition information for the East Kimberley, and also offers a complete booking service for the full range of activities available in Kununurra & the Kimberley. Visit www.visitkununurra.com for more information.
Western Australia / Northern Territory Border
It’s important to know the quarantine rules in advance to save over-shopping or unpacking the whole vehicle!
- Heading into WA you cannot bring fresh fruit or vegetables (or some dried / frozen), plants, flowers, seeds, walnuts, honey, any soil, animal skins or wool. Many animals and birds require permits. The Inspection Station at the border will confiscate any prohibited items. For more information contact Quarantine WA on 08 9334 1800.
- Heading into the NT there are no restrictions.
Keep River National Park
See Park Information for details about bushwalking, rock art and camping accessible by 2WD.
- Bullo River Station Phone: 08 8354 2719
Stop here for barramundi fishing including boat hire and some rewarding bird watching.
- Houseboat Hire and Fishing tours Phone: 0428 588 960
- Gunamu Tourist Park Phone: 08 8975 0722
Gregory National Park
Enjoy scenic gorges and ranges and good camping here. See Park Information.
A cattle droving track from near Timber Creek to near Daly Waters offering a short cut or alternative unsealed road experience. Plan your fuel and water stops on this remote route.
- Victoria River Downs Homestead Phone: 08 8975 0853
- Top Springs Roadhouse Phone: 08 8975 0767
Flora River Nature Park
See Park Information about 2WD access to a scenic boating and fishing spot, but don’t swim with the crocodiles.
The roadhouse here offers camping and accommodation, and there are helicopter flights and good birdwatching available.
- Victoria River Roadhouse Phone: 08 8975 0744
For information on Katherine, please see our Katherine to Normanton section.
Katherine Visitor Information Centre
The Katherine Visitor Information Centre has great local information and offers a free tour and accommodation booking service. The centre has a large car and caravan parking area and clean bathroom facilities. A great feature is our Free WiFi Internet for 1 Hour. Open 7 days a week. Located at the Cnr Stuart Hwy and Lindsay Street. Tel: 08 8972 2650 or visit www.visitkatherine.com.au for more information.