Kimberley land and sea aerial view

Kimberley Field Trip

2 – 8 August 2014

The Kimberley is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas, an intact natural and cultural wonderland. It is a remote land of spectacular scenery with deep ties to Indigenous culture.

This trip showcased the environmental uniqueness of the Kimberley and local initiatives to protect and manage the area. The group travelled with expert ecologist Dr Barry Traill, and spent time with traditional owners who shared their culture and land and sea management practices and scientists who are trialing and implementing new land management techniques.

Along the way, the group explored issues such as landscape marine and terrestrial conservation, humpback whale breeding, mammal conservation, economic development including the extractive resources industries, and private, public and Indigenous protected areas.

 

Itinerary
Day 1

Broome

Cross-cultural training and workshop with key organisations in the Kimberley region. Group dinner and local entertainment.

Day 2

Broome to Cape Leveque

Travel by 4WD bus to Cape Leveque.

Meet with Bardi Jawi Indigenous rangers to learn about their land & sea management program, including the challenges of working in such a vast and isolated region and taking a first-hand look at some of the programs in action.

Spend the night in luxury tents at the Kooljaman wilderness camp.

Day 3  

Cape Leveque to Wijingarra Bard Bard (Freshwater Cove)

Fly by amphibious plane to the beautiful Wijingarra Bard Bard, country of the Worrorra people. Stay in tents at the coastal camp and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Spend time with the Worrorra people learning about their land and culture and their approach to land and sea management.

Meet the resident artists and watch them create their art.

Days 4 & 5  

Wijingarra Bard Bard

Explore the surrounds on short tours, both on foot and by boat. Discuss and learn more about the successes, issues and challenges in the region.

Days 6 & 7  

Wijingarra Bard Bard to Mornington Sanctuary

Travel by helicopter to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s Mornington Wilderness Camp. The 3,000 km2 sanctuary provides refuge to over 200 bird species and a diverse range of other wildlife.

Spend a night in luxury tents and learn about the Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s (AWC) conservation programs.