Our Mobile Living Ambassador and professional photographer, Sean Scott, has travelled far and wide, especially in our rugged country Australia. One of the places he returns to time and time again is the Kimberley. Being one of the world’s most precious wilderness regions, this ancient landscape is a must-visit location. Here, you’re not only able to experience the incredible scenery of the Kimberley but also gain insight into one of the oldest landscapes in the world, and watch the sun set over the water in the West. If this is something you’d enjoy and venturing over to the Kimberleys is something you have in mind, read some of Sean’s tips on travelling in the North West.
When do you recommend travelling to the Kimberley?
I think the best time of the year to visit is in the dry season, between May and September. In the winter dry season, the weather is perfect at 30○C with low humidity. This makes it perfect weather for exploring the many gorges and swimming holes. The nights drop down to around 15○C, which is the perfect temperature when you want to sit around the campfire and sleep in the van.
What necessities, equipment and preparation are required to travel/explore the Kimberley?
You can access most of the amazing locations via easy roads these days. However, it’s still best to travel around in a 4WD as some of the dirt roads are quite corrugated.
It can get cool at night so you still need some warm gear, but the days are perfect.
It is very important that you plan where you are going each day and know the places you want to camp. Although you do not need to carry extra fuel as there aren’t any long stretches of land, you will still need to know where and when to fill up and gather fresh supplies.
When you’re near the coast, it’s very important to know the crocodile risks and also be aware of the huge tides, because you don’t want to get stuck on the beach when you go 4WDing.
How close can you get to the wildlife?
You can get as close as you want to the wildlife. During the dry season, the crocodiles are out of the water trying to heat up in the sun. If you want to catch a glimpse of the crocodiles, a boat trip in the lower Ord River out of Kununurra will show you hundreds of huge saltwater crocodiles. Some of the gorges, especially Winjana Gorge, has plenty of the harmless freshwater crocodiles.
It’s important to know where you are though when travelling around the Kimberley. I would never set up camp close to the saltwater or even go near the edge. However, that is also easily avoided as most of the campgrounds are in safe locations.
What are some tips on capturing amazing shots of the Kimberley?
Make the most of magic hours. The first few hours of light and the last few are the best. The night skies are also incredible and if you have a good tripod then the astrophotography options are as good as it gets.