One of the last true wilderness areas in the world, Australia’s vast Kimberley region remains little more than a concept to most. Paradoxically beautiful, yet dangerous in the extreme, exploring this remote area requires considerable expertise and local knowledge – but modern day explorers need not suffer the hardships of the original pioneers in this ancient land. – Story James McRory
Flying over The Kimberley is the only way to get any real grasp of its size. Even from a lofty perspective, coming to terms with the area is no small task, given that there’s nothing you can use to introduce a sense of scale. Stretching out as far as the eye can see is an endless expanse of undulating dull green with burnt red trim, crisscrossed by river systems that carve their way through deep, ancient gorges too small to appreciate from the air, but are towering and humbling once you get back to terra firma.
Nary a man made structure or road is visible – because here aren’t any. This is remote in the true sense of the word, unspoiled and unchanged for thousands of years. The vistas would have James Joyce agonising over how best to frame them in words and the pristine waters yield such a bounty of enormous fish to even the most hapless angler that even a modest catch sounds like an out and out lie.
Conversely, this paradise can be as dangerous as hell, and not one to go wandering in alone. To truly experience and appreciate the outer reaches, the waterfalls and the ancient places, in-depth local knowledge and specialist know how is a must, and that is how True North has built its reputation as the ultimate in Kimberley travel.
A luxury, five-star vessel, True North is the flag ship of North Star Cruises, an enterprise started by Craig Howson just over 25 years ago, looking to showcase the spectacular, but remote regions of the Western Australian coast and the rugged Kimberley region.
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