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Kimberley callingKimberley calling

Story and photos Colin Kerr

Covering an area larger in size than the whole of Victoria, the Kimberley, spread over some 424,517 square kilometres, is about as far from Australia's major population centres as you can get without leaving the mainland. The Kimberley is a land of contrasts and extremes. It has many areas of stunning beauty and places that are truly tranquil and serene. Throughout its length and breadth, nature has left a trail of rough, ragged escarpments, huge red gorges, towering waterfalls, pockets of lush rainforest, massive rivers, wide open plains, remote desert regions, colourful mountain ranges as well as miles of isolated and scenically unsurpassed coastline.

Kimberley callingAn astonishing range of wildlife and floral treasures are also to be found here, including huge turtles, predatory saltwater crocodiles, as well as the less troublesome freshwater variety. In addition, those strange looking boab trees (some well over 1,000 years old), tall livistona palms, beautiful water lilies, colourful kapok bushes and kurrajong trees are all special sights across this unique landscape.

The Kimberley has a diverse regional economy ranging from the agriculture of the Ord River irrigation system, to cattle, mining, aquaculture and a rapidly growing range of tourism facilities and ventures for visitors to enjoy. Story end

Full story OUTBACK Issue 35 June/July 2004

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