The town of Derby, set on the edge of King Sound to the northeast of Broome, is often treated simply as a provisioning point for travelers, but its streets lined with boab trees are a tempting place to relax for a few leisurely days and it is a good base from which to explore.
From Derby you can take a cruise to the Buccaneer Archipelago, a series of islands replete with rugged red cliffs, cooling waterfalls and sandy beaches, or fly over the region on a scenic flight.
The Gibb River Road
The Gibb River Road was originally constructed to transport cattle from the surrounding stations, but today the Gibb leads toward three of the region’s most spectacular national parks, collectively known as the Devonian Reef National Parks.
Apart from the gorges, waterfalls and rivers, it is the accommodations, in real Aussie roadhouses, cattle stations or permanent camps, that really make the experience. Although some roads are sealed many are of natural rocky earth, so a 4WD vehicle is essential.