Flying across the Kimberley

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Getting there is half the fun – it’s been said enough times – and a two hour flight in a single-engined Cessna 210 certainly proved that. Maureen and I were on our way from Broome to the Kimberley Coastal Camp on Admiralty Gulf.

Kimberley view 04

To get there we left Broome and flew across King Sound with the town of Derby off to the south-east. Then we flew close to the coast, looking across to the islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago.

Kimberley view 3

We passed over Horizontal Falls.

Kimberley view 5

For the next hour there was no sign of human habitation, just pristine wilderness, ranges of hills, winding rivers,

Kimberley view 02

Kimberley view 1

Or labyrinthine river mouths with the rivers twisting through mangroves as they reached the coast.

Kimberley view 6

Kimberley flight

A pair of Cessna 210s at the Mitchell Plateau airstrip.