The Kimberley is Western Australia's most northern region, with the Broome coastline closer to South-East Asia than it is to Perth. Bordered by the Pilbara region to the south and Northern Territory to the east, the 424,517 square kilometres region has fewer people per square kilometre than almost any other place on Earth.
Internationally recognised for its unique and dramatic landscape, the region includes spectacular gorges, waterfalls and cave systems, and an astonishing variety of wildlife. Famous attractions include World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park and Mitchell Falls, and stunning El Questro Wilderness Park and Broome's Cable Beach.
Characterised by its distinct wet and dry seasons, the Kimberley experiences a sub-tropical climate. May to October is the dry season, and November to April is the wet season.
Living, working and investing in the Kimberley
The Kimberley is made up of four local government authorities:
The estimated residential population of the Kimberley was 39,900 in 2013, with the Shire of Broome accounting for over 40 per cent of the region. The region is culturally rich with approximately half the population comprising Aboriginal people that represent more than 30 traditional Aboriginal language groups. The Kimberley population is anticipated to steadily rise to approximately 44,400 by 2023.
Kimberley residents are happy and healthy, and are regularly involved in community and cultural activities. The region is also characterised by its high quality of lifestyle and economic and career opportunities offered to local residents.
Mining, agricultural production, construction, tourism and retail trade are major contributors to the region's diverse economy. The Kimberley accounts for all of Western Australia's diamond output and produces approximately 90 per cent of the world's Argyle pink diamonds. Additionally, its unique natural environment provides a strong basis for a sustainable tourism industry and investment opportunities, with more than 290,000 visitors spending more than $330 million per year.
Crop production is dominated by the region's largest irrigated agricultural project, the Ord River Irrigated Area located near Kununurra. The Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project will generate employment opportunities and deliver sustainable economic growth in agriculture and cultural tourism.
For more information visit the Kimberley Development Commission's website or contact your local Community Resource Centre.
Kimberley Region in Profile
Projects in the Kimberley