A Kimberley Trip Report from France

by Maurice

We went through Kimberley during August and we want to thank you for travelling with us (through your guide).

Our trip was 7 weeks long, it began by one week in Sydney at our nice niece's home, then 3 days in the Indian Pacific to Perth, 12 days by car up to Broome.

As our nice niece had warmly told us to do, we spent 3 days in Kooljaman, and that was really magic, we confirm the paradise.

Beach at Kooljaman

We had an interesting "bush-tucker" morning with Annette and Eddie, Bardi Aboriginals, and discovered how rich is their bush.

Eddie and Annette

We had a fantastic scenic-flight over Buccaneer islands to Horizontal Falls and could see the huge currents flowing to Kings Sound.

Horizontal Falls

Dawns were too early for us, but sunsets were incredible (nobody believes the colors of our pictures is natural).

Then we left for Gibb River Road, through the "private" road to Derby.

It is really good, better than the road from Broome to Beagle Bay, even if there were some fires along it.


(We had no real explanations for these fires, very different from one guide to another, from an aboriginal or non…)

Our first stop was at Robin's Birdwood's Downs, a bit surprised by this place where time is stopped, with minimum comfort.

We stopped then in Mount Hart, fantastic track to get there, nice "help yourself bar", nice food, but where was the manager?

Sign at Mt. Hart airstrip

Next stop, 2 days in Mt Elisabeth, very interesting guided morning to the Aboriginal paintings.

Aboriginal Painting

The beach of the river (18 km east) is wonderful, with colors from Cezanne (we live in Aix en Provence).

Thanks to the group passing there, Pat Lacy told us her very moving life. (We got the book telling Franck Lacy's story, you must read it.)

One night in Drysdale River was enough for us, it is only a road house but the scenic flight to Mitchell Falls is unforgettable.

Mitchell Plateau

2 nights in Home Valley, good rest and walks.

Last day in Kimberley: Zebedee Springs (too many people in the tubs), El Questro (too many tourists), Emma Gorge (crowded), sunset in Wyndham.

It was the races day, the hotel was noisy...

We went on to Katherine, Darwin, Alice Springs, Whitsunday Islands, but the Gibb River Road was a really fantastic holiday.

Best regards,
Pascale et Maurice

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Nov 02, 2008
Thank You!
by: Birgit

Hi Maurice,
Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. And your English is MUCH better than my French. No need to apologize! (As you see, I edited that bit...)

Thanks for sending in all the additional photos. They are wonderful.

Dec 18, 2009
de Sénas, ha ha!
by: Ann

Je pensais que j'allais trouver mon compte-rendu et que dalle! Si vous êtes intéressés je peux vous l'envoyer
Nous (moi d'origine australienne et 2 maris des autre) avons fait Darwin à Broome mais pas par la Gibb, puis Adelaïde à Sydney
Bonnes fêtes,

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