VOLUNTEER IN THE NORTH WEST KIMBERLIES
North West Australia
Katherine to Kununurra
On your journey westward, into Western Australia, you need to leave Darwin, head back the way you came, until you arrive at Katherine again. Here you take the National Highway #1 towards the West Australian border and Kununurra.
This is a stunning drive, with a mixture of desert plains, high rocky outcrops, and many miles between stops.
Volunteer opportunities along the way, can involve helping at Roadhouses, tourist destinations or tour groups. Plenty of opportunities, but again, you must talk to the locals.
There’s not much WWOOF Australia opportunities along this route, until you get to the Western Australia coast, and Broome.
The road is in good condition all the way to the WA Border. Long stretches of bitumen, interspersed with small Aboriginal settlements, towns and camps.
Make your main destination whilst still in Northern Territory, the Zebra Rock Mine and Lake Argyle.
Zebra Rock Mine is one of only a couple of mines in the world that mine the famous Zebra Rock. See images to see what it’s about. They’re a wonderful couple who run the mine and have a caravan camping spot to house visitors. Very cheap stay.
Get the feel of the desert, by camping out here and exploring the amazing desert landscape.
Small towns along the way, consisting mainly of roadhouses are interesting stops, as well as the Gregory National Park … a must to see.
From Zebra Rock mine you can overlook Lake Argyle and also see the peaks of rock formations forming the beginning of the Kimberleys in West Australia.
Kununarra to Broome
After leaving Zebra Rock Mine, you’ll be approaching the border to Western Australia. The town of Kununarra is a busy regional hub connecting many outlying Aboriginal and white settler communities.
It’s a hub of opportunities to try your hand at doing some Volunteer work, whether it’s paid or free. Many tourist and roadhouse businesses require additional staff during the Dry Season (May-Nov), and are thus looking for “no strings attached” travellers who are willing to stay a while, and get to know the local culture and people.
There are many smaller communities along this highway, with some beautiful stops at riverside camping spots available.
Make sure you’re not driving after dusk, as there are many cattle wandering on the roads, as is evident by the amount of dead bodies lying on the side of the road. Most are hit by road-trains, those long long cattle trucks.
Mary River, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek are a couple of gorgeous spots to stop, camp the night, connect with nature and see some fresh water crocodiles if you’re lucky.
You will then come to a T intersection, with the option to go to Derby on the coast, or proceed to Broome.
Broome & Dampier Peninsula
Broome is a gorgeous regional town/city situated on the coast of North Western Australia, just below the famed Dampier Peninsula.
There are a few WWOOF Australia Host Farms in the region, so make sure you get your WWOOF Mobile App out and do a Map Search to locate and contact them.
There are plenty of other Volunteer and Work opportunities in this area, as it’s becoming a busy tourist destination, thus staff are required to top up during the busy seasons.
Broome has all the facilities you require and sits right on the beach. Plenty of water activities as the water is a warm 25-30 degrees most of the year.
Make sure you head up to the Dampier Pensinusla. There are Aboriginal settlements you can explore, along with some beautifully tucked away holiday houses and cabins on the most gorgeous deserted beaches you’ll find anywhere in the world. The red sandstone cliffs and black volcanic rock come right up to the white sand beaches.
If you like the feeling of isolation, then this is the country for you. Remnants of the original white invasion are still evident, with many Christian influences still remaining.
Make contact with the locals in these small communities, as they’re a very friendly bunch. Request information about Volunteering opportunities within these small communities.