THE KIMBERLEY AREA OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Location

The Kimberley region is in the extreme north of Western Australia. It is located between latitudes 14° and 21° south, and longitudes 121° and 129° east. The Great Sandy Desert forms an irregular southern boundary, the Timor Sea and the Indian Ocean border to the north and west. The eastern side is adjacent to the Northern Territory State border. The Kimberley has much more in common with the Top End than the rest of Western Australia.

Size

The Kimberley is an immense region, occupying 16.6 per cent of Western Australia. It covers an area of 421 000 square kilometres, roughly 700 km east-west by 600 km north-south. That is five times the size of Tasmania, 1.7 times the size of the United Kingdom and 10 times the size of Switzerland. El Questro Wilderness Park makes up more than one million acres of The Kimberley.

Landscape

The Kimberley landscape is complex. It is made up of a huge central plateau of dissected sandstone ranges; an extensive limestone range formed from an ancient barrier reef; a rugged coastline of steep-sided tidal gulfs, mangrove-fringed estuaries and numerous offshore islands; the floodplains of the Fitzroy and Ord Rivers; large tracts of undulating sand country, and the extensive grasslands and woodlands.

Remoteness

The remoteness of the Kimberley is part of the attraction. Broome is closer to Denpasar in Bali than it is to Perth. It is the remoteness, inaccessibility, small population and lack of disturbance that has protected the natural values of the Kimberley.     

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