NATURE & WILDLIFE

Wow! How do we begin to describe the nature & wildlife of the living Kimberley?

The Australian Atlas of Birds chronicles 760 birds – the vast Kimberley wilderness is home to 300 of those species. The bird life here is outstanding; there are rainbow coloured Cockatoos and Parrots, iridescent Bee Eaters, large Jabiru Storks and flocks of Brolgas; Bitterns, Egrets, Herons, Ibises and wide range of Duck, along with the famed Magpie Geese, the Sacred Kingfisher, and the Spinifex Pigeon. It’s like a living bird sanctuary and it’s yours to explore on your Kimberley boat cruise.

The Kimberley is also home to many other animals, and although the Saltwater Crocodile is the best known, there are plenty of others, many or which you may never see as they are timid or nocturnal.

There are nine species of Kangaroos and Wallabies, and some rarely seen mammals such as the Bilby, the Dunnart, and the Marsupial Mole.

Spiny Anteaters are abundant throughout the region, as are the Goannas and Monitor Lizards. In fact, there are 28 known species of Dragon Lizard, of which the Frilled Lizard is the more notorious and common.

You’ll often hear the Geckos and the ever-present Green Tree Frog that looks as if he’s always smiling.

Snakes are rife throughout the region, though not often seen. The most venomous of these is the King Brown or Mulga Snake. Many non-poisonous tree snakes and pythons are found here too. They thrive in the Kimberley, and include the Olive Python (he can grow to over 5m long!), the gorgeous Black-Headed Rock-Python, and the small Children’s Python.

Not everything that looks like a snake is necessarily a snake. The friendly Snake-Necked Turtle is common in freshwater areas. But on the coast, you may be lucky to find one of the six marine turtles, like the Green Turtle.