Welcome to the wilderness
The Kimberley is a wild land of remote, spectacular scenery spread over huge distances, with a tropical monsoonal climate, a sparse population and minimal infrastructure. Larger than 75% of the world's countries, the Kimberley is hemmed by impenetrable coastline and unforgiving deserts. In between lie vast boab-studded savannah lands, palm-fringed gorges, desolate mountains and magnificent waterfalls. Travelling here is a true adventure and each dry season a steady flow of intrepid explorers come in search of an authentic back-to-nature experience.
Being so close to the equator, the Kimberley doesn't experience Summer, Winter, Spring or Autumn. Instead, there are 2 dominant seasons separated by short transitional periods. Local indigenous tribes recognise many variances within these seasons, so they have their own seasonal calendars.
Wet Season - November to April
Why is it called the Wet Season? Because during the Wet Season the Kimberley receives 90% of its annual rainfall. Low pressure systems and unstable air characterise much of the weather pattern at this time of year and many national parks are closed. Large volumes of rainfall cause occasional road closures, temperatures soar and visitor numbers drop. While the majority of tour operators have driven back to their bases on the east coast, we're enjoying the spectacular lightning shows, vivid sunsets, thundering waterfalls and prolific wildlife that is typical of the harsh yet glorious Wet Season months.
Dry Season - May to October
The Dry Season is the most popular time to visit the Kimberley. Daytime temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C, perfect for enjoying all outdoor activities. On the coast, nights are cool with fresh breezes, while inland the wind off the desert can see evening temperatures plummet to near freezing.
For more detailed information about the weather and climate in the Kimberley check out the Bureau of Meteorology.