Main Roads Western Australia controls the major roads in the state's Kimberley region.Great Northern Highway is the major road connection through the region, with sealed roads spurring off it to connect to population centres, and unsealed roads offering an alternative route between Derby and Wyndham.
The region's main roads are important to the Kimberley, as roads are the only transportation mode within the region.Great Northern Highway is the only sealed road linking the region to the rest of the state, and via Victoria Highway, the rest of the country; therefore, it is particularly important for defence, freight, and tourism. Freight needs include transportation of minerals to the ports at Derby and Wyndham for the mining industry, cattle to ports or abattoirs, and produce to markets (including to the Wyndham port for export) for the agricultural industry based around the Ord River Irrigation Scheme area.
|Location||Roebuck – Broome|
|Length||30.90 km (19.20 mi)|
Broome Highway,also known as Broome Road, is a major road in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. It connects Great Northern Highway in Roebuck to the coastal town of Broome.
|Location||Willare – Derby|
|Length||40.18 km (24.97 mi)|
Derby Highway is a major road in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. From Great Northern Highway in Willare, it travels north to the western end of Gibb River Road, and then on to Derby.
|Gibb River Road|
|Location||Derby – Lake Argyle|
|Length||646.87 km (401.95 mi)|
Gibb River Road,also known as Derby Gibb River Road and Gibb River Wyndham Road, is a major north-east to south-west road in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The road offers a more direct route between Derby and Great Northern Highway south of Wyndham than travelling on the highway itself, but is an unsealed gravel road except for short sections at either end. The road is often closed due to flooding during the wet season, which is typically November through March, although delayed openings have been known to happen, frustrating the tourism industry.
|Great Northern Highway|
|Location||Eighty Mile Beach – Wyndham|
|Length||1,430.72 km (889.01 mi)|
Great Northern Highway is a main highway through the Kimberley region, and part of the Perth to Darwin national highway. From the south-western edge of the region at Eighty Mile Beach near the Sandfire Roadhouse, the highway travels north-east along the coast to Roebuck, east of Broome. From here it heads east to the Willare Bridge Roadhouse at the Fitzroy River, south of Derby. The highway continues east to Fitzroy Crossing, where it crosses the Fitzroy River a second time. It continues east, curving around the Margaret River to the town of Halls Creek. From here the highway heads north past Warmun to Wyndham.The national highway route, however, turns off at Victoria Highway, west of Kununurra, to cross into the Northern Territory.
|Length||7.98 km (4.96 mi)|
Gubinge Road is the continuation of Broome Highway within Broome, in Western Australia's Kimberley region. It bypasses development within Broome by travelling along the western side of the town's peninsula, near Cable Beach, and connects to Port Drive near the southern end of the peninsula.
|Length||2.2 km (1.4 mi)|
Harbour Roadis the continuation of Great Northern Highway beyond the Wyndham townsites. The northern half of the road is restricted to authorised vehicles, for access to the harbour.
|Length||2.68 km (1.67 mi)|
Loch Street is the continuation of Derby Highway within Derby, in Western Australia's Kimberley region.
|Length||5.76 km (3.58 mi)|
Port Drive is a major road within Broome, in Western Australia's Kimberley region. The southern half of the road continues south from Gubinge Road to the town's main jetty at Roebuck Bay, while the northern half connects that main route to the Broome townsite.
|Location||Lake Argyle & Kununurra|
|Length||87.51 km (54.38 mi)|
Victoria Highway is the main road link between Western Australia and the Northern Territory, and part of the Perth to Darwin national highway. From Great Northern Highway at Lake Argyle, the highway heads east-north-east to Kununurra, where it crosses the Dunham and Ord Rivers. It then continues on in a south-westerly direction, back into the locality of Lake Argyle, until it reaches Lake Argyle Road, before heading east a short distance to the state border. 26-kilometre-long (16 mi) bypass around the northern side of Kununurra.There are plans for a
Kununurra is a town in far northern Western Australia located at the eastern extremity of the Kimberley approximately 37 kilometres (23 mi) from the border with the Northern Territory. Kununurra was initiated to service the Ord River Irrigation Scheme.
The Kimberley is the northernmost of the nine regions of Western Australia. It is bordered on the west by the Indian Ocean, on the north by the Timor Sea, on the south by the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts in the region of the Pilbara, and on the east by the Northern Territory.
Great Northern Highway links Western Australia's capital city Perth with its northernmost port, Wyndham. With a length of almost 3,200 kilometres (2,000 mi), it is the longest highway in Australia, with the majority included as part of the Perth Darwin National Highway. The highway is constructed as a sealed, predominantly two-lane single carriageway, but with some single-lane bridges in the Kimberley. Great Northern Highway travels through remote areas of the state, and is the only sealed road link between the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia. Economically, it provides vital access through the Wheatbelt and Mid West to the resource-rich regions of the Pilbara and Kimberley. In these areas, the key industries of mining, agriculture and pastoral stations, and tourism are all dependent on the highway.
The Victoria Highway links the Great Northern Highway in Western Australia with the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory. The highway is a part of the Perth - Darwin National Highway link. It is signed as National Highway 1, and is part of Highway 1, a circular route around the country. It is 555 kilometres (345 mi) long, and most of the route – some 470 kilometres (290 mi) – lies within the Northern Territory. In some areas it runs in parallel with the Northern Territory's Victoria River, from which its name originates.
The Ord River is a 320-kilometre (200 mi) long river in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The river's catchment covers 46,100 square kilometres (17,799 sq mi).
The Gibb River Road is a road in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
The Fitzroy River, also known to the local Aboriginal people as Raparapa, is located in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia. It has 20 tributaries and its catchment area occupies an area of 93,829 square kilometres (36,228 sq mi), within the Canning Basin and the Timor Sea drainage division.
Wyndham is the northernmost town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, located on the Great Northern Highway, 2,210 kilometres (1,373 mi) northeast of Perth. It was established in 1886 as a result of a gold rush at Halls Creek, and it is now a port and service centre for the east Kimberley with a population of 780 as of the 2016 census. Wyndham is split into two areas. The original town site of Wyndham Port is situated on Cambridge Gulf, while Wyndham's Three Mile area is the residential and shopping area of the town. Wyndham is part of the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.
Kimberley is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, located in the state's far north and named after the Kimberley region. The electorate has one of the highest Aboriginal enrolments of any seat in the Parliament.
The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is one of the four local government areas in the Kimberley Region of northern Western Australia, covering an area of 117,514 square kilometres (45,372 sq mi) at Western Australia's northeastern corner. The Shire's seat of government was originally in Wyndham but now in the town of Kununurra, which is home to over half of the Shire's permanent population of around 7,000, while a council office is located at Wyndham.
The Shire of Derby-West Kimberley is one of four local government areas in the Kimberley Region of northern Western Australia, covering an area of 104,080 square kilometres (40,186 sq mi), most of which is sparsely populated. The Shire's population as at the 2016 Census was almost 8,000, with most residing in the major towns of Derby, which is also the Shire's seat of government, and Fitzroy Crossing. There are also around 70 Aboriginal communities within the Shire.
Derby Highway is a highway linking Great Northern Highway in Western Australia with the town of Derby. It is a 42 km long 2-lane single carriageway. In the town of Derby, its name changes to Loch Street, where it becomes a 2-lane divided carriageway.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Broome is a suffragan Latin Rite diocese of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Perth, covering the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia.
The East Kimberley Regional Airport, locally known as the Kununurra Airport, is an airport in Kununurra, Western Australia. The airport is 2 nautical miles west of the town. Heavy wet seasons often result in this area being cut off from essential outside services and deliveries. The airport is a crucial piece of infrastructure which enables people and goods to enter or leave from the region and especially supports tourism and economic development.
The Savannah Way is a route of highways and major roads across the tropical savannahs of northern Australia, linking Cairns in Queensland with Broome in Western Australia. Promoted as a self-drive tourist route, it joins Cairns, Normanton, Borroloola, Katherine, Kununurra, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and Broome. It has been designated by the Queensland Government as a State Strategic Touring Route.
The Gibb River is a river in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia.
In Western Australia, Highway 1 is a 5,305-kilometre (3,296 mi) long route around the state, from the South Australian border near Eucla to the Northern Territory border near Kununurra. Highway 1 continues around the rest of Australia, joining all mainland state capitals, and connecting major centres in Tasmania. All roads within the Highway 1 system are allocated a road route numbered 1, M1, A1, or B1, depending on the state route numbering system. In Western Australia, most of the highway is designated as National Route 1; however, the sections in the north-east and south-east of the state that are concurrent with the National Highway routes linking Perth to Adelaide and Darwin are designated as National Highway 1.
Main Roads Western Australia controls the major roads in the state's Mid West region. There are four main highways through the Mid West: The north-south coastal route of Brand Highway and North West Coastal Highway, the inland alternative Great Northern Highway, and the northern section of Goldfields Highway, which links Meekatharra with Kalgoorlie. A network of main roads connects towns within the Mid West to each other, the highways, and neighbouring regions, with local roads providing additional links and access to smaller townsites. Roads are often named after the towns they connect.
Main Roads Western Australia controls the major roads in the state's Pilbara region. There are two main highways in the region: Great Northern Highway, which travels north through the region to Port Hedland and then north-west along the coast, as well as North West Coastal Highway, which heads south-west from Port Hedland. A series of main roads connects towns to the highways, and local roads provide additional links. The majority of these roads service the western half of the region, with few located in the various deserts east of the Oakover River. Roads are often named after the towns or areas they connect.
This timeline is a selected list of events and locations of the development of the Kimberley region of Western Australia.