The Kimberley region has an abundance of wildlife. It may not be obvious to many travellers especially if they’re searching for larger mammals. Many of the obvious animals in the Kimberley are actually feral and do not belong in the area. This includes camels, pigs, donkeys, stray horses, cats and buffaloes.
The Kimberley is one of the last wilderness areas on the planet, with many natural attractions such as national parks, caves, gorges and waterfalls, it provides a home for a variety of wildlife. Not only will you have the opportunity to experience wildlife on land, but the Kimberley is also home to numerous and varied marine life.
The pristine waters of the Kimberley provide a sanctuary for many fascinating marine creatures. The tropical waters provide a breeding ground for humpback whales during their yearly migration. Kimberley holidays at just the right time (approximately August), may just have you experiencing these amazing creatures as the migrate through the area.
Other marine life you can experience during your Kimberley tour include the Australian snubfin dolphin which was recognised as a new species in 2005. These dolphins are often seen playfully swimming around the Dampier Peninsula and Roebuck Bay coast. Suggested Kimberley tours to encounter the prolific wildlife around Roebuck Bay and Gantheaume Point include an Eco Cruise or Kayaking excursion.
Broome has a huge variety of birdlife. With over 300 species recorded, this is more than a third of the total bird species in Australia. Many tourists love spotting the colourful parrots and cockatoos. You may also see Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and large Black Cockatoos with their spectacular red or yellow tails.
Near the water you may spot Australia’s only stork, the Jabiru, or the Brolgas which are often seen in large flocks. Also found around the water are ibises, egrets, herons, bitterns and a variety of geese and ducks. Some beautiful song birds to listen out for are the Blue-winged Kookaburras and the Pied Butcherbird.
Not all crocodiles in the Kimberley are dangerous, however you should always be careful around them. The Kimberley is home to both saltwater crocodiles and freshwater crocodiles. Saltwater crocodiles are large and grow up to 6 metres. The are very territorial and aggressive. It is very important to follow the instructions on warning signs in the area.
Freshwater crocodiles are not considered particularly dangerous, although care should be taken as their teeth are very sharp. Freshwater crocodiles grow up to 3 metres and are usually quite shy. It is still important not to disturb them and to be particularly careful during breeding season.
Other Reptiles and Amphibians
One reptile you are very likely to spot is the goanna or monitor lizard. You may see the Gould’s or Sand Goanna crossing the road, and they can be quite large. The Frilled Lizard is also very common, and you may see them sitting on the road. This lizard is great at camouflaging itself, so is very hard to spot in the bush. You may also spot Blue-tongue lizards and Asian House Geckos. Snakes are also in abundance in the Kimberley region.
The Kimberley has such an abundance of wildlife. Other animals you may spot during your Kimberley holiday include, dingos, rock wallabies, bilbies, bandicoots and echidnas. Kimberley tours can give you many opportunities to experience the wonderful variety of wildlife this fascinating area has to offer.