Facts and figures
With an area of 423 517 square kilometres (263 161 miles), the Kimberley is three times the size of England and rich in resources such as diamonds, iron ore, nickel and gold.
Higher education: University of Notre Dame, Broome; North Regional TAFE
Median house price in Broome: $472 000 (June 2016)
Other main towns: Derby, Kununurra, Wyndham
Climate: distinct wet and dry seasons with some of the highest rainfalls in Australia experienced during the wet
With its unique and dramatic landscape, it comprises outback desert, impressive deep, rocky gorges, limestone caves, sandstone cliffs, grassy plateaus and thundering waterfalls, and an abundance of wildlife. It is also home to the magnificent Lake Argyle, the largest freshwater lake in mainland Australia.
The cosmopolitan town of Broome is affectionately known as the ‘pearl of the north’.
About 45% of the Kimberley population of around 39 000 is of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.