It is a complex landscape that represents one sixth of Western Australia’s land mass; equivalent to twice the size of Victoria. As one of the world’s last great wilderness areas, the natural environment is a prime asset of the region, recognised for its intrinsic value and sustainable economic, social and cultural opportunities.
Culturally rich, approximately half of the population comprises Aboriginal people who live across its four Local Government Areas and more than 100 Aboriginal Communities. 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 unidentified species continue to be discovered.
The Kimberley is characterised by its distinct wet and dry seasons. 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. 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), tourism and associated retail.
A number of festivals and events bring a sense of community to the region as well as promote tourism throughout the year. These include The Ord Valley Muster, Broome Cup Day, and Shinju Matsuri. In the past decade, the Kimberley has also started to attract the attention of a number of TV and movie producers world-wide, having served as scenery for productions such as Australia (2008), Brand Nue Dae (2009) and the acclaimed TV series Mystery Road, parts one and two.