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Purnululu National Park
Photo © Colin Ingram

There are more than 250,000 visits to the spectacular Kimberley parks and reserves each year. The Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy has provided $5.8 million to expand environmentally sensitive nature-based tourism so more people have the opportunity to appreciate the region’s outstanding attributes and to generate employment and cultural tourism opportunities for Aboriginal communities.

Works provided so far include:

  • Redeveloped campground at Munurru (King Edward River) including new hybrid toilets and double disability access structures, sunshades and a new day use area and upgraded day use area access track.
  • New facilities at the junction of the Gibb River and Kalumburu roads including hybrid toilets with double disability access structure, a water tank (55,000lt); picnic tables and upgraded access track
  • Upgraded car park, sun shades and walktrail at Piccaninny Creek in Purnululu National Park.
  • Reconstructed 10km of Gorge Road in Purnululu National Park including realignment, constructing drainage and floodways and gravelling.
  • New helicopter landing area at Mitchell Falls National Park to provide a safe zone for visitors to access helicopters.
  • Upgraded "looking at plants" walk in Mirima National Park to provide wheelchair access and improved visitor facilities and access to Mirima Lookout to reduce visitor risk.
  • New bird hide and walkway at Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve.
  • Upgraded 15km of the Echidna Chasm Road in Purnululu National Park.
  • Rubbish cage at Drysdale River Station (for travellers returning from Mitchell Falls, where no rubbish collection is available).
  • New disabled access toilet block at Geikie Gorge National Park with Bunuba traditional owners.
  • Upgraded car park and new picnic tables and interpretation shelter at Tunnel Creek National Park with Bunuba traditional owners.
  • New Stonehenge walktrail in Purnululu National Park.
  • New boardwalk and interpretative panels at Mermaid Tree in Prince Regent National Park built with traditional owners.
  • Car park bollards, walking track and fence at Wolfe Creek National Park.

Future works will include:

  • upgrading the Bell Gorge car park, turning bay, bus and camper trailer parking, interpretation and build a double cubical disability access toilet at this heavily visited site in the King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park with the Wilinggin traditional owners.

Recreational fishing initiatives

The Department of Fisheries has undertaken initiatives under the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy to improve sustainable recreational fishing in the region. Broome’s famed Roebuck Bay will become a jewel in the crown for recreational fishing in the Kimberley, with the bay being closed to commercial gillnetting. The commercial gillnet fishing licences in Roebuck Bay were purchased by the State Government to boost barramundi stocks available for fishers in the area and ensure a quality local fishing experience for threadfin salmon in the bay. The State Government’s $700,000 four-year project to restock Lake Kununurra with barramundi is underway to boost recreational fishing and create a valuable asset for regional tourism in the East Kimberley. A Recreational Code of Conduct has been developed for the Kimberley region.

Kimberley Aerial Highway

The strategy is facilitating access by air to world-class visitor experiences in remote areas of the Kimberley and improving access for residents by upgrading remote airstrips via the Kimberley Aerial Highway. Discover the unique attractions of the Kimberley via the Kimberley Aerial Highway.

Self-drive trails

The Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy will develop and promote self-drive journeys through the Kimberley, linking and interpreting sites of interest.

Every Trail guides already available for the Kimberley can be downloaded for free at the following links: