The Kimberley: Explore one of the best regions in the world
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Home to giant red gorges and epic roadtrips, the Kimberley in Western Australia is one of the world’s last true wildernesses. Rich Keam has the Best Job in the World, to uncover the region’s local flavors and hidden gems. Here is his guide to the Kimberley. After three weeks exploring the Kimberley in Australia’s North West, I almost missed my flight home. I was at the airport in good time, had checked in and was waiting in the departure lounge when I became transfixed by a painting by a local artist. Just a simple landscape, a typical scene you’d find in the remote, rugged wilderness up there, deep red earth and vast skies. I became lost in thought remembering the billion year old rock formations, huge open spaces and the warm welcoming people I’d met. “Last call for Mr Keam” broke me out of my reverie. It wasn’t just the red dirt under my nails; Australia’s last frontier had really got under my skin. Here are some must-dos: Set your watch to Broome time Spend some time in this fascinating town, where the outback meets the ocean. Learn all about the rich pearling history, find your own piece of paradise along the 22km world famous Cable Beach or take a sunset ride on a camel. Don’t miss Matso’s Brewery, where you can chat to the locals over a mango or ginger beer. Catch your own dinner Join Indigenous Elder Brian Lee as he takes you through sacred Aboriginal land at Cape Leveque. Learn how to catch gigantic fresh mud crabs from the banks of Hunter’s Creek with just a thin metal pole and a lot of courage. There’s nothing better than cooking a freshly caught muddie on a beach BBQ whilst watching the sunset.
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