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Admiralty Gulf.
Admiralty Gulf.
Kimberley Coastal Camp.

Kimberley Coastal Camp

Sunday, October 26, 2003
Kimberley Coastal Camp is on the remote and pristine shores of Admiralty Gulf. It's a permanent camp and offers a complete retreat, accessible only by sea or air. Once there, guests have the entire place to themselves.

Western Australia's Kimberley is remote and rugged, a place of ancient geology, magnificent gorges, waterfalls and the dome-shaped Bungle Bungles. It is more than three times the size of England, covering 421,000 square kilometres and attracting more curious visitors each year.

Its recent history includes cattle farming, general agriculture and gold, zinc and diamond mining, which includes Argyle, the world's largest mine. The man-made Lake Argyle is enormous and feeds the Ord irrigation area.

The Napier and Oscar Ranges are marine reefs from 350,000,000 years ago and there is a stark quartz intrusion along the enormous Halls Creek Fault.

The Mitchell Plateau has vast stands of livistona fan palms and boab trees, which are unique to the area. There is also eucalyptus, acacia, grevillea and pandanus.

There is wildlife here, but it mostly rests in shady areas during the day. There are fresh and saltwater crocodiles, agile wallabies and antilopine wallaroos. There are plenty of birds, including the purple-crowned fairy wren.

Kimberley Coastal Camp is on the remote and pristine shores of Admiralty Gulf. It's a permanent camp and offers a complete retreat, accessible only by sea or air. Once there, guests have the entire place to themselves.

The camp's main building is made from recycled timber, with a steeply pitched roof and decorated in a rustic theme.

The main shed has a kitchen, dining room, library and lounge and a campfire set up at the front.

The ablutions block, which is shared, has no roof, so you can see the stars at night and the showers seem to come from the natural rock it is set against.

Admiralty Gulf has little bays and remote river mouths. Walk, explore, take a boat out for fishing and cook your catch over coals. There are deserted islands nearby and if you thought you were in a world of your own at the Camp, you can spend a night on one of the islands and be truly alone.

You should stop for a look at the mysterious Bradshaw art. A couple of sites are accessible only by boat.

Named after Joseph Bradshaw, the first European to find this kind of art form, it is among the world's oldest. Bradshaw found it in 1891, which is relatively recent, as it is thought to be 23,500 years old. It is quite sophisticated, with muscular figures in headdresses. It pre-dates current Aboriginal tribes and goes beyond their dreaming. Well-versed guides can take you in search of the art and give interesting information about the rich culture.

Location

The far north of Western Australia.

Cost

Kimberley Coastal Camp rooms start at $595 a night, twin share. They are open from April to October.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Kimberley Coastal Camp
PO Box 146 Glen Forest 6071
Ph: (08) 9161 4410 (April-October)
Mobile: 0417 902 006
Fax: (08) 9291 4607
kimberleycc@bigpond.com
www.kimberleycoastalcamp.com.au

Slingair Heliwork WA
Box 165 PO Kununurra 6743
Ph: 08 9168 1811 Fax: 08 9168 1422
www.slingair.com.au
sales@slingair.com.au

To book a flight visit qantas.com or call 13 13 13.

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