I love the outback, and the far north of Western Australia has always intrigued me. When my daughter was younger our family did a few trips up north during the school holidays. On those trips we travelled up the Great Northern Highway, through old mining towns like Cue and Meekatharra, to the Karajini National Park. We visited some magical places such as a canyon full of beautiful Indigenous Australian rock carvings, climbed through gorges and swam under waterfalls.
On another trip we travelled for six weeks, north from Perth as far as Fitzroy Crossing. We were planning to travel all the way up to Darwin, but didn't get that far as we didn't want to rush...and there was so much to see. We camped in Broome for about three weeks in the middle of winter...it was so warm we could swim in the ocean every day.
It's truly magical up there and I'd recommend a trip to anyone. Although it's much more developed now than it would have been twenty or even ten years ago, it's still relatively uncommercialised, compared to many places in Australia. In many ways, the Kimberley and Pilbara regions are some of Australia's last frontiers.
Over the years I've noticed that many people born in Western Australia haven't explored much, if any, of their vast and spectacular state, whereas travellers from overseas venture far and wide. Why is that?
The drive north from Perth to Broome is beautiful. Just before the turn off to Broome there's a rather spooky stretch of road that passes through Roebuck Plains. If you can time your journey, driving through this area as the sun is setting is quite incredible - there's something very humbling about the stark severity of the Australian outback.
Once past Broome there are islands off the coast that can be rented by groups or families - this is a truly amazing experience. Watching the lights of Onslow twinkling along the Onslow shore from your own private island is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
I really enjoy the nothingness. You can drive for hours and only see road trains. I also love the smell of the scrub near the coast up north, it makes you feel like you're REALLY on holiday and that you're miles from anywhere.
Yes, as far as Cape Leveque. The coastline is amazing, and the colours of the inland simply breathtaking. Forget Broome except for the Bird Observatory. It is over-hyped and has a seamy side which needs to be addressed with better social services.