Kimberley Tour Information

friends dipping in cool waters at Kimberley Region

Kimberley Region is in the northern part of Western Australia and one of its 9 regions. Named after the 1st Earl of Kimberley, John Wodehouse, who served as the Secretary of State for the Colonies  1870 to 1874 and 1880 to 1882. It is bordered by the Indian Ocean on the west, the Timor Sea on the north, the Great Sandy and Tanami on the south and the Northern Territory on the East.

It covers an area of 423, 517 square kilometres (163,521 sq. mi), which is about twice the size of Victoria or three times the size of England.

Kimberley is considered one of the hottest places in Australia. The hottest month of the year is November, during this period, temperatures would reach above 37 degrees Celsius or 99 degrees Fahrenheit by the coastline and 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit in the inland. The average mean temperature for the whole year is 27 degrees Celsius, or 81 degrees Fahrenheit.

Kimberley is known to be one of the earliest settled parts of Australia. First arrivals go back to 41,000 years ago from the islands of what is now Indonesia.

The climate of Kimberley is characterized by a tropical monsoon. In November to April, during the short wet season, the region receives 90% rainfall and cyclones are common, and rivers would flood.

The rainfall every year is highest in the northwest, where Kalumburu and Mitchell Plateau average 50 inches per year. The lowest is in the southwest at 20 inches. From May to October, the dry season, there are sunny days and cool nights.

There are 6 traditional seasons recognized by the Aboriginal people of Kimberley that they base on meteorological events as well as observations of flora and fauna. 

If these facts have encouraged you to visit Kimberley, contact us and we have affordable kimberley and litchfield tours for you!

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