The Kimberley region in Western Australia spans 420,000 square kilometres and is packed with fantastic sights. The population of approximately 39,000 people is mostly in the main towns of Derby, Halls Creek, Kununurra, Wyndham, Fitzroy Crossing and Broome. This leaves most of this stunning region isolated and unpopulated. The rugged and ancient landscape is a major attraction for visitors, but it can also create some challenges. So, if you’re thinking about Kimberley tours from Broome, there are some considerations that should be factored into your plans.
There May Be Alcohol Restrictions
You should be aware that there are some towns and communities in the Kimberley that have alcohol purchasing restrictions. So, if you’re looking to enjoy a party atmosphere with Kimberley tours, you need to know what restrictions are currently in effect. These restrictions can change without notice from time to time, so it can be a good idea to buy some supplies before you start any Kimberley tours from Broome.
Lack of Mobile and Internet Reception
Once you leave Broome, you’re likely to find spotty or no mobile and internet reception. Additionally, not all the mobile providers offer services in the major towns. So, if keeping in contact is important to you, it is a good idea to check coverage with your provider before you travel.
If you’re travelling into WA by air or road, you need to be aware that there are quarantine restrictions. It can be surprising what is and is not permitted to bring into WA; you may end up losing honey, fruits and other materials that you have unwittingly brought to the WA border.
DAFWA (Western Australia’s Quarantine service) operates checkpoints at the border as a first line of defense against unwanted weeds, diseases and pests and road checkpoints are in place 24 hours a day at Eucla and Kununurra.
Aboriginal Community Access
Many of the Aboriginal communities are actually closed to visitors, so you need to respect the privacy of the residents if you see any signs showing “no access”. However, there are many communities who do welcome visitors. If you want to see this different culture, it is a good idea to ensure that the community is open to visitors and to check if there are permit fees payable on entry.
Transit permits are intended to preserve Indigenous culture and heritage, safeguard the natural environment and protect the privacy of the community. They also assist in safeguarding visitors. InStyle Adventures has numerous partnerships with Indigenous communities and part of the adventure is spending some time with these communities and meeting the locals.
The Road Conditions
Many Kimberley tours from Broome will feature a trip on the Gibb River Road. This “adventure road” is a must see for travelers, but the road conditions can make or break your trip. During the dry season, there is not likely to be any road closures, but this can be dramatically different in the wet season, when weather events can cause ad-hoc road closures.
Generally, the road is closed from November until May due to high water levels at the creek crossings and river, and flooding. The Gibb River Road will not be opened by authorities unless it is safe to traverse, but each year the road opens on different dates.
If you have concerns about Kimberley tours, put yourself in the hands of the experts at Instyle Adventures. Our team would be delighted to help you plan your trip to ensure a adventure of a lifetime.