The Kimberley in Western Australia
Facts and Numbers

The Kimberley in Western Australia is a very remote region in the far north western corner of the continent. The facts and numbers on this page show just how remote...

...which is why this part of Western Australia is still a pristine wilderness.

Untouched, but luckily not unaccessible...
The Kimberleys have been gaining more and more popularity as a tourist destination in the recent years. It's easy to see why...

Wild and untouched, rugged and beautiful, yet so easy to visit, fly to, drive through and enjoy....

Tourism is booming, but read and digest the numbers below and you will understand why tourism hasn't changed the character of the Western Australia Kimberley: even a few hundred thousand visitors are barely noticeable in an area this size...

Location of the Kimberley in Western Australia

Kimberley Facts - Size

The Kimberley in Western Australia covers an area of 424,517 km2 (163,907 sq miles)

Here is a size comparison...

  • for Australians - a sixth of all of Western Australia, or twice the size of Victoria
  • for Europeans - three times the size of England, and larger than Germany
  • for Americans - comparable to California
  • for Asians - 15% larger than Japan

And now consider this: there is exactly one sealed road through the Western Australia Kimberley. One. Imagine there was only one road through Germany or California...

Kimberley Facts - Population

The population of the Kimberley in Western Australia, an area the size of California, is...

...a whopping 38,000 (estimated).

At last count in 2004 the population was 34,000. The Kimberley population growth rate is high (2.5%) when compared to Western Australia (1.4%) and projected to increase.

The median age of our population is low, 28 years, compared to the Western Australian average of 34 years.

Another comparison: about half of the Kimberley population is of Aboriginal descent, the number for the rest of Western Australia is 3.5%.

Most of the Kimberly population is evenly distributed aross the region. People live and work on cattle stations (ranches), Aboriginal communities, mining camps... Only three towns in the Western Australia Kimberly can boast a population of over 2000:

  • Broome: 14,500 (45,000 during the tourist season)
  • Kununurra: 6500 (double and more during tourist season)
  • Derby: 4500

More Kimberley Facts:

the Kimberley Travel Guide

the Kimberley Pocket Guide

Travelling to the Kimberley?

The free Kimberley Pocket Guide
is a great introduction to travel in the region.

The full Kimberley Travel Guide
shows you how to make the most of your adventure at Australia's last frontier.

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