Australia’s biggest state has often been neglected by travellers in a hurry to hop straight over to the East Coast or the continent’s Red Centre. This year though, all that has changed with Qantas launching its 17-hour direct flight from London to Perth.

Western Australia’s dimensions are so vast that an adventure to the remote, northern Kimberley region can involve planes, boats and a 4WD. Fly into Broome, take a scenic helicopter ride then jump on a camel for sunset at Cable Beach. Join a road trip on the rugged, unsealed Gibb River Road to Purnululu National Park with Kimberley Wild for a true wilderness adventure. Nights in a swag bag are the best way to see the stars, and the mighty Bungle Bungles are hugely impressive from the air.

One thing’s for sure – you can’t see all of Australia’s North West in one trip, so you’ll definitely be coming back.

Scenic flight over Shark Bay World Heritage Coast

Shark Bay, World Heritage Coast, Western Australia, Australia

Cable Beach camel train at sunset

Cable Beach, sunset, camel train, Western Australia, Australia

Aerial view of Broome’s red dirt roads

Aerial view of Broome's red dirt roads, Western Australia, Australia

Helicopter over Purnululu National Park

Helicopter over Purnululu National Park, Western Australia, Australia

Aerial view of Purnululu National Park

Aerial view of Purnululu National Park, Western Australia, Australia

Windjana Gorge National Park

Windjana Gorge National Park, Western Australia, Australia

The Bungle Bungles from the air

The Bungle Bungles, arial view, Western Australia, Australia

Gibb River Road camping under the Milky Way

Gibb River Road camping under the Milky Way, Western Australia, Australia

Lake Argyle in the Eastern Kimberley

Lake Argyle, Eastern Kimberley in Western Australia, Australia.

Ancient Aboriginal rock art

Ancient Aboriginal rock art, Western Australia, Australia

Sunset cruise on Lake Argyle

Sunset cruise on Lake Argyle in Western Australia, Australia

Cathedral Gorge in Purnululu

Cathedral Gorge, Purnululu, Western Australia, Australia

All images: Nori Jemil. 

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