Best time to travel the East Kimberley?
So, you have heard about The Kimberley, seen mind-blowing photographs and you’re thinking about visiting our magnificent region. The big question is… when? When is the best time to travel to the Kimberley?
The most common answer you will find is during the dry season, which falls between the months of April and October. This is simply because the weather isn’t as hot and humid during these months, and most areas are accessible.
However, I would like to propose that the best time to travel to the Kimberley is all year around! It depends on each individual person, and your objective in visiting the region. What would you most like to see and do while you’re here?
To help you decide when the best time of year for your trip might be here are some suggestions and prime visiting times for these highlights:
If you’re looking to enjoy rushing waterfalls, the wet season is for you. Each year is different depending on the rainfall for that year, but generally December through to April is the peak time to visit the remote waterfalls and see them in all their glory. I would recommend February to April just to be sure.
HeliSpirit now offers a unique waterfall adventure and swim. The opportunity to see these falls from the air as well as from the ground is one not to be missed. You can find out more about Waterfall Heli-Adventure by clicking the link.
Keen on photography? Every part of the Kimberley is food for the imagination. Sunburnt ranges, glistening waterfalls, fat boabs, sunsets that leave you breathless and so much more. These are all year round, but to capture that stunning lighting display wet season is for you. Keep an eye on the rainfall predictions for optimal timing.
Claimed to be the heart of the Kimberley, El Questro offers deep gorges and majestic mountains to thermal springs, mud and salt-flats, rainforests and cascading waterfalls all on the station.
El Questro only opens its gates during the dry season and is scheduled to open 1 April 2020 to 18 October 2020. So, if El Questro is on your adventure list for 2020, make sure you visit during these dates.
Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle)
There is so much to see both day and night at the Bungle Bungle. The unique gorges and striped sandstone domes cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Whether you take your time walking amongst them or view them from the air, or maybe both, they are guaranteed to astound. Here you will also find one of the best stargazing spots in Australia with some of the most sparkling night skies in the world.
The national park is open during the dry season, generally April to November each year.
If you’re looking for accommodation while you’re there, why not check out the eco-accommodation at Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge. The lodge operates from 17 April through to 30 September in 2020.
To sum up, it doesn’t matter what time of year you visit the East Kimberley region as you will not be disappointed. Although please make a list of places and things you want to see before you book your trip and double check you can access them. If you are planning to visit during our wet season, please note that it does get very hot so to plan your outdoor activities during the mornings and late afternoons, and always carry a bottle of water with you.
We look forward to seeing you here!