The Kimberly By Regan Summers

The Kimberly is located in the most north west point of Australia.

The Kimberly is located from a few hundred kilometres south of Broome to the Western Australia/Northern Territory border.

The Kimberly is one of Australia's most important cultural landscapes for the aboriginal community. It was one of the first places that humans settled in, nearly 40,000 years ago, most likely people from the islands of Indonesia. In 1688, Englishman William Dampier mentioned some land off the coast of the Kimberly in his journal. The first attempts to explore the land was Lieutenants George Gray and Franklin Lushington as well as 12 others in 1837. After that in 1879 a man by the name of Alexander Forrest walked from the west coast of Australia to the Northern Territory. He discovered many areas in the Kimberly and set himself up as a land agent in the region in 1883.

A contour map of the Kimberly, showing its height above sea level.

The Kimberly region has a diverse amount of wildlife. The following creature are amongst the animals and plants in this region of the world.

Common to the Kimberly is the rock wallaby.

Kangaroos can be found almost everywhere in Australia but some of there biggest populations are found in the Kimberly.

A bandicoot in the Kimberly.

Bandicoots are less common then in the past but if your lucky then you may see the odd bandicoot or even a quoll. Both species are endangered but conservation is in place to save the species.

The Mitchell's Water Moniter sunbathing

The water monitor is a type of lizard which hunts near rivers and streams. Like all reptiles, the water monitor is cold blooded and needs the sun to warm its body up enough to move.

A king brown snake are common in the Kimberly

The King Brown snake is one of the biggest snakes in the world. It's also one of the longest venomous species in the world. The King Brown snake is the deadliest snake in the Australian outback. Since 1980, there has been 41 fatal snake bites of which 24 where by the King Brown.

The vegetation in the Kimberly is mostly low grasses and a few trees.

A boab tree common to the Kimberly region.

A boab tree can store ridiculous amounts of water in its trunk. Boab trees can also live to be as old as 6000 years of age.

A Kimberly wattle

The Aboriginal connection to the Kimberly region.

The aboriginal people have inhabited the Kimberly region for more than 40,000 years. The famous aboriginal man, Jandamarra lived in the Kimberly. Jandamarra was born sometime around 1870. Jandamarra was one of the few aboriginals who fought against the white settelers, despite working with them for many years. He was elusive and was credited with supernatural powers by his tribe, although its more plausible that he just knew his way around. He was killed on the first of April 1897 by an aboriginal hunter working for the settlers called Minko Mick, shot dead at Tunnel Creek. He wasn't very old at the time of his death, in his late twenties.

Jandamarra in the book, "Jandamarra's Story"

The changes in the Kimberly are mostly thanks to tourism, which despite being one of the major draw cards to the regions economy, threatens the natural resources of the place. While humans aren't populating the Kimberly in huge numbers, they still have a considerable effect. Things like global warming and farming are hurting the ecosystem in the region. The Kimberly for the longest time was a live off the land ecosystem. Now, with the modern day agriculture, animals like the Quoll and bandicoot are endangered. Conservation is however in place to save these endangered species so it's not all bad news.


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Regan Summers

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