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Check Out These Incredible Photos Of The Kimberley From The Air

WA's isolated wilderness is Australia as its finest.

There is nothing quite like experiencing the wilderness of the Kimberley from above.

Located in Australia’s northern-most western corner, the Kimberley region covers over 400,000 square kilometres (an area three times the size of England) and is home to only 40,000 people, making it one of the most sparsely populated places on the planet.

Its land is rugged, remote and spectacular. From up above, in our small sightseeing plane from Broome, we’re privy to a sweeping range of sights that we wouldn’t have the hours to drive between in a day.

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Red-rock ancient gorges, wide horizons, and pristine white sandy beaches abound. The arteries of rivers spread out along the land beneath us, punctuated with networks of red-dirt airstrips. From above, you can really get a sense of how vast the Kimberley is.

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One of the most iconic sights is the Horizontal Falls: a two-way horizontal ‘waterfall’ located in the Buccaneer Archipelago. The natural phenomenon is tide dependent, with fast-moving water flowing through two narrow, closely-aligned gorges of the McLarty Range.

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The direction of the flow reverses with each change of the tide. As tides in the Kimberley can reach up to ten metres tall, a peak tide leads to a significant difference in the sea level on either side of each gorge. It’s a sight to behold, especially from above.

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The nearby Thousand Islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago was, for us, the most outrageously beautiful sight of all. From our tiny little plane, we were left completely breathless by the thousands of stunning small islands scattered among a sea of deep turquoise water.

From the wild and rugged desert, to an equally wild stretch of coastline, we then flew by chopper back to Broome and along Echo Beach, where we were surrounded by a rainbow of colours as we landed at sunset.Pink and orange sands, lush green pineapple-looking trees, and red dusty roads. The colours were mindblowing. This is Australia at its absolute finest.

(All images are the author’s own. The writer flew with Kimberley Aviation.)