Remote area travel
Australia's North West is remote - many parks are not accessible by conventional road vehicle, and some places cannot be reached overland in any vehicle.
If you don't have a 4WD or don't want to drive here, there are a number of companies in the regional centres that rent them. If you travel independently make sure you're familiar with all the advice and references for further information in the KNOW section (particularly 'getting around', 'safety' and 'travelling in the remote') and on 4WD and adventure motorcycling. Away from parks and main roads, you may need the permission of traditional custodians (go to Department of Indigenous Affairs) or pastoral station managers (go to Department of Lands) for access.
There are a number of companies licensed to offer tours by 4WD, air and boat in the parks of the Kimberley.
The tidal range in the Kimberley is huge - the biggest in the southern hemisphere. One of the most spectacular results is the Horizontal Falls, but the same awesome power can be dangerous. Always check tide information with the Bureau of Meteorology or a trustworthy local source before visiting the coast or tidal areas.
Both Australian species of crocodile - the estuarine or saltwater (saltie) and Johnstone's or freshwater (freshie) are found in the Kimberley. Salties are big, extremely dangerous and live in a wide variety of habitats in the State's north, including coastal waters near beaches and offshore islands. Johnstone's are smaller. Crocs are common, crocs move around and crocs are deadly so Be Crocwise and download our Crocodile safety and myth busting fact sheet and Crocodile brochure. Heed all risk warning signs, however just because a sign isn’t there doesn’t mean crocodiles aren’t present. If unsure don't swim, canoe or use small boats in estuaries, tidal rivers or pools and contact the nearest District Parks and Wildlife office.
The potentially lethal box jelly fish and irukandji are found along the Kimberley coast. Although they can be present all year round they are most prevalent from November until April. If you do swim, snorkel or dive wear a full-length stinger suit and if you are stung, douse liberally with vinegar and seek urgent medical advice.