Top end ... sunset at Lombadina.

Pearls on the peninsula

Janet Hawley discovers turtle eggs, safari tents and a flourishing indigenous trade on the Kimberley coast.

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Serene scenes ... Windjana Gorge.

Kimberley visions

Robert Upe follows road trains and Aboriginal legend before settling into the comfort of a pearling town.

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Outback adventure ... dancing in Arnhem land.

Awake to the dreaming

Australians are at last taking an interest in indigenous history and culture, writes Jane E. Fraser.

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The old Post Office

Halls Creek - Places to See

Halls Creek (including the Bungle Bungles and Wolfe Creek Crater)
Fascinating outback town which is now two separate townships
Halls Creek is not the town it used to be. This is true both literally and metaphorically as, in 1948, the town was physically removed from its original site to its present location. Thus, like so many towns in the Kimberley, there are two Halls Creeks. In 1948 the town began its movement from Old Halls Creek (15 km away) to the present site. This process continued until the old township was finally abandoned in 1954. The reasons for the change of location were a combination of lack of water (people in the town still marvel at how the old timers managed to survive at the old settlement) and a re–routing of the main Derby-Kununurra Road to avoid winding through the hills around the old town.

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Lake Argyle from the lookout

Lake Argyle Village - Places to See

Lake Argyle Village
Small town beside a spectacular artificial desert lake.
The Lake Argyle Village is now nothing more than a largely disused construction camp, a hotel-motel, a camping site and a few houses on the edge of one of the most beautiful dams in Australia. The fact that the dam is also Australia's largest with an area of 741 sq. km seems irrelevant when compared to the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Located 70 km from Kunnunurra and 1127 km from Broome, Lake Argyle is only a few kilometres west of the Northern Territory border.

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