The Kimberley In Western Australia

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The Kimberley region is located in the northern part of Western Australia. Broome, Derby and Kununurra are the only towns in the Kimberley to have populations over 2,000.

Individuals of Aboriginal descent make up approximately 33% of the regions population.

The Kimberley makes up an area of approximately 424,000 square kilometres (or 164,000 square miles).

The northern end of the Kimberley consists of steep-sided, ancient mountain ranges that consist of limestone and sandstone gorges.

The monsoonal climate has created steep ridges removing much of the soil.

The southern end of the Kimberley has dry tropical grassland and is much flatter making it ideal for cattle ranches.
During the wet season, even the sealed roads often become flooded and the entire coast is subject to high tides.
The region was one of Australia’s earliest settled parts, with its first arrivals landing approximately 41,000 years ago.
In 1885 European settlement increased when many from the eastern states drove their cattle across Australia in search of good pasture lands.

The Kimberley ended up their destination.

Further settlement arrived once Halls Creek became known as an area where gold could be found.

 

 

 



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