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The Kimberley

Waldaman, James Price Point, WA © The University of Queensland

Photo: The world’s biggest dinosaur tracks. Waldaman, James Price Point, WA © The University of Queensland

The Kimberley region is a remote and sparsely populated region where an estimated 36,014 (2018) people live in a magnificent and complex landscape that represents one sixth of Western Australia’s land mass; equivalent to twice the size of Victoria. Culturally rich, approximately half of the population comprises Indigenous people, which represent more than 30 language groups.  The natural landscape varies between broad Savannah grasslands, rugged ranges, long golden beaches and spectacular tropical gorge country. Much of the flora and fauna is unique to the region and previously unidentified  species continue to be occasionally discovered.

Characterised by its distinct wet and dry seasons, the Kimberley experiences a sub-tropical climate. During the wet season from October to March, tropical rains, high humidity and intermittent cyclones produce some of the highest rainfalls seen in Australia and provide annual mobility and access challenges for the people and businesses of the Kimberley. The dry season, a cooler and substantially less humid time of year, between April and September, is a time of peak activity for the region’s communities and industry; agriculture (including the pastoral sector), mining, particularly tourism and associated retail, as off main road transport again becomes reliable. These annual cycles attract many to stay in the region but present special challenges to both government service delivery and commercial operations.

Agriculture, tourism, and the resource sector are some of the region’s major industries and combine with traditional Kimberley pastoral, pearling and other emerging sectors to widen the Kimberley’s economic base. The Kimberley has also started to attract the attention of a number of TV and movie producers world-wide, having served as a scenery for productions such as Brand Nue Dae and the acclaimed TV series Mystery Road.

Page last updated: Mon Jun 17 2019 8:18:49 AM

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Kununurra Western Australia 6743

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Broome, Western Australia 6725

T: +61 8 9194 3000

Derby Western Australia 6728

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