When you head off on a Kimberley cruise, nothing can quite prepare you for the rugged, beautiful landscape of this incredible part of the world. From abundant waterfalls and pristine beaches, to towering gorges and rocky terrain, there are no shortage of sights to take in. As you are cruising the Kimberley, you’ll also get the know the vast array of wildlife which call the Kimberley home. Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic creatures of the region.
We can’t talk about animals of the Kimberley without mentioning the iconic saltwater crocodile, which is abundant in the region. These massive predators can grow up to six metres in length and can weigh up to one tonne. Unlike their freshwater cousins, they’re extremely aggressive – particularly during breeding season. Although saltwater crocodile frequent salty environments, as their name suggests, they can also be found in freshwater sources such as rivers and estuaries.
If you’re lucky, you might spot one of the shy rock wallabies of the Kimberley. These marsupials are especially designed for rocky terrain, with textured feet and strong hind legs. While they stay hidden during the day, they venture out in the evening to forage for food. The rocky terrain makes the Kimberley the perfect home for rock wallabies.
Dingoes were introduced to Australia from Indonesia around 5,000 years ago and is Australia’s only native canine. They howl rather than bark and live in packs. These beautiful animals weight between 13kg and 18kg and generally have distinctive yellow colouring. The Kimberley region is one of the last areas in Australia where the dingo continues to live in its natural habitat.
The northern quoll is one of the more distinctive marsupials in the Kimberley, with reddish brown fur, a white belly and white spots along its back. They also sport a long, bushy tail. A nocturnal creature, they venture out at night to search for insects, small lizards, smaller mammals and fruit.
One of the most spectacular sights of the Kimberley is the annual humpback whale migration, when they can be found between June and October. The Kimberley is an important breeding and calving ground for these creatures. Humpback whales can grow up to an incredible 15 metres in length and weigh up to 40 tonnes.
Here at Broome, Kimberley & Beyond, we have over 20 years of experience and are the industry leaders when it comes to finding the right Kimberley cruise for you. Whether you’re exploring this stunning region for the first time or are an experienced traveller, our team will find the perfect cruise for a holiday you’ll never forget.
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