The Kimberley

The unique and spectacular Kimberley region in Australia’s far north-west is truly one of the great and untouched wilderness frontiers. It is home to many awe-inspiring natural attractions including the Bungle Bungles, the Cockburn Range, unique and diverse flora and fauna, mighty rivers and waterfalls, and the pristine Timor Sea coast.

Scattered amongst this landscape are many cattle stations, conservation reserves, remote wilderness retreats and isolated settlements that depend upon reliable and efficient air services.

Our region is also home to many proud and vibrant Aboriginal communities, with enduring links to land and traditional language and culture.  From the air we are always reminded of the “connections” in the landscape that are famously portrayed by our creative and highly successful Aboriginal artists.

European settlement of this region is little more than 100 years old, commencing with exploration in the 1880s and subsequent arrival of determined settlers with sheep and cattle. Rough cut roads and ports followed, to enable export of such primary produce.

Pearling, gold exploration, diamond mining, along with failed ventures and settlements, and of course WWII, have also left their mark on the Kimberley. There is an intriguing story to be told at every corner of this remarkable region. Just ask a Shoal Air pilot!

The Ord River Irrigation Area as we know it today was a vision of the pioneering Durack family in the 1940’s, and has steadily progressed in scale over ensuing decades, with construction of the “Diversion Dam” in 1963 and the “Top Dam” and  Lake Argyle in 1971. Further expansion and development of the irrigated cropping area to the north of Kununurra is currently underway. The Ord Valley and surrounds are now the focus of “world class” agricultural investment opportunities.

The creative and enterprising spirit of the East Kimberley can be felt in the air, and tasted in the water.  Most of all we celebrate its people, renowned for their “can do” attitude, who drive this dynamic and prosperous region.

At Shoal Air, we know and love the Kimberley. Come join us.

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