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To access this protected bay from the sea, you need to swing around Raft Point, an iconic Kimberley rock formation that juts out into the water. Dotted throughout the bay are pebbly shores and sandy beaches perfect for just laying in the sun or, if you’ve accessed to spot by four-wheel drive, zooming across the sand. While beautiful, it’s also home to saltwater crocodiles so take sensible precautions. Image: Gail Reilly
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Until you see them, it doesn’t make sense: how can a waterfall be horizontal? These rushing rapids, beloved by Sir David Attenborough, are formed when the Kimberley tides try to squeeze through the narrow gaps between parallel ridges of the McLarty Ranges. The waterfall effect is created when the water builds up in front faster than it can flow through the spaces. It’s truly nature’s power at its best. Image: Gail Reilly
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Surrounded by trees turned a lush green by the rich water supply, the waters here fan out and take fizzing steps down the ancient rock. The Prince Regent River attracts a wide range of birds and animals (be wary of crocs) and you can (carefully) climb the rock to reach a peaceful swimming hole at the top. Image: Yane Sortorski
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Enjoy a secluded swim in this unspoiled bay. Featuring a long, sandy beach and a cluster of strange sandstone rock formations (said to be “petrified warriors” who fought during the Dreamtime), go exploring and you’ll come across a small creek dotted with mangroves.
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These pristine falls are only accessible by helicopter so chances are if you make the journey, you’ll have them to yourself. Paperback trees provide some much-needed shade for this freshwater swimming hole found just off the Prince Regent River. Image: Dan Avila
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Though you can’t swim in the river below these falls, watching the water plummet from one of the rocky outcrops that surround it is just as magnificent. Approach this body of water by boat, helicopter or by trekking to the Mitchell Plateau – the latter will take you past Little Mertens Falls, too.
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It might not be as well known as the Great Barrier but Montgomery Reef has a unique selling point. About 20 kilometres off the Kimberley coast, it seems to appear and disappear with the tides; at low tide, around five metres of the reefs pops out of the water, creating rivulets that run down the coral and sending the sea creatures that call it home searching for a temporary shelter. Expect to see crabs, turtles and octopi and – if you’re lucky – whales swimming around the edges. Image: Dan Avila
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On this unassuming, strangely shaped island near the York and Montague sounds, aresome of the most beautiful examples of indigenous rock art in the country. Etched onto the walls of coastal caves are in rich ochre are depictions of an ancient way of life that are potentially up to 50,000 years old.
King George Falls
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Plunging 100 metres into the gorge below, the highest twin waterfalls in Australia Pouring are a sight to behold. The two roaring waterways push the King George River down the ragged red sandstone cliffs into calmer water. View from the water to appreciate the sheer their sheer magnitude or venture onto the plateau to spot where hundreds of other little falls carve their way through the rock.