March 10th, 2021
It’s peak waterfall time in the North West and with so many waterfalls forming after the recent wet-season rains that are flowing over the red escarpment or carving into deep rocky gorges, it’s truly an impressive must-see sight. It’s no surprise that the Kimberley is home to a host of extraordinary remote waterfalls from the imposing Revolver Falls to the terraced falls of King Cascades along the coast. While now might be the best time to see them with seasonal waterfalls drying up quickly, many flow year round. Either way we’ve rounded up ten of the must-visit waterfalls in the North West for you to pop on your road trip bucket list!
Punamii-Uunpuu (Mitchell Falls)
One of the most impressive and iconic waterfalls in the North West is Punamii-Uunpuu (Mitchell Falls). Comprising of four tiers with pools of deep, emerald-green water, and spilling over a total height of 80 meters, this waterfall is a beauty. Well worth the extra effort to get there, it’s accessed via Kalumburu Road and the Mitchell Plateau Track off the Gibb River Road, or by a scenic helicopter flight. There are a number of vantage spots to view and photograph the waterfall but swimming is not allowed below the falls (not only due to the presence of saltwater crocs, but it’s also a culturally significant place for the Wunambal people).
A highlight of the Gibb River Road is Bell Gorge, a stunning horse-shoe shaped waterfall. It’s one of the first waterfalls you’ll come across when heading east along the Gibb (from Perth/Derby) and this is a must-stop spot! Swim up to the edge of the top of the falls and enjoy the view of the impressive red sandstone gorge from the infinity pool, or continue trekking on to get the bottom of the falls to soak up the views (and the sun!) from the plunge pool below. Read our full guide here about Bell Gorge.
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