Kimberley is an ancient outpost in north-western Australia. With a fascinating landscape that seems unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs. Large sandstone boulders, crackled gravel roads in a deep red tone framed in by a quivering heat and a burning hot sun. But in fact, it is the water from the Mitchell River that shaped the landscape by slowly pushing its way through the rocks, carving out gorges and creating spectacular waterfalls. The area is well known for its extreme weather. The rainy season equals monsoon rivers, heavy rain gushing down from the skies. Roads are closed off and flooding is common. The dry season between May and September is therefore the best time to visit the area. By then, the waterfalls are back in full scale and the vegetation comes to life again.
The Kimberley’s biggest adventure is called the Gibb River Road and is a 6,600 km long drive between the towns of Derby and Kununurra in north-western Australia. It is a challenging car journey where patience and endurance are put to the test, both for vehicles and drivers. After a while, you leave the road, turning left towards Mitchell Falls which is one of Kimberley’s brightest shining stars. Perhaps it is precisely the remote location that makes the waterfall so special. Getting here requires a sense of purpose, time and sweat. It is a bumpy journey of 500 km north from Broome. Once you reach the campsite it is time for the car to rest and your body to do the work.