The vast and beautiful Kimberley, roughly the size of the entire state of California and more than three times the size of the United Kingdom, is the hottest part of Australia. The monsoonal tropical climate also ensures that the region gets lots of rain, and in the wet season many of the roads are impassable.

Bunuba Country, deep in the interior of this harsh and ragged landscape, was once, many millions of years ago, part of an immense shallow sea called the Kimberley Basin. In fact, much of Bunuba Country is the remnant of a huge, primeval reef that ran for almost 1000 kilometres through the Kimberley Basin about the length of today’s Great Barrier Reef. Parts of this Devonian Reef are still visible today as Geikie Gorge, Windjana Gorge, and the Napier and Ningbing Ranges.

Travelling through the beautiful isolation of the Kimberley, you’ll become very familiar with the iconic images of the region – giant, bloated boab trees with gnarled grey skin, the weird and wonderful bulbous shapes of pindan red or mud-grey termite mounds, great flights of sulphur crested cockatoos screeching and calling to each other as they go, and equally raucous flocks of pink and grey galahs, cackling among themselves.

But if you look closely there’s so much more to see. There are over 300 species of birds in the Kimberley, and if you take a walk with Dillon Andrews, you’re certain to see at least a few of them. Spinifex pigeons are plentiful, and you should see lots of darling little finches and wrens. But you’ll have to keep an eye out for more colourful birds like red wing parrots, rainbow bee eaters, sacred kingfishers and northern rosellas. Walking through Windjana Gorge you’re likely to spy brolgas and jabiru elegantly picking their way through the shallows, seemingly oblivious to the great hulking shapes of freshwater crocs lying in the sun or floating log-like in the waters.

On land, you might come across a frilled neck lizard, the odd gecko and skink, and if you’re lucky, a lurking monitor up to a metre or more long. Watch out for king brown or mulga snakes, distinguishable by their big bulby heads, and even the olive python, gorgeously green, can deliver a bite if annoyed, although it’s not venomous.

You’ll have to work even harder to spot some of the mammals living in Bunuba Country – but if you’re keen-eyed and fortunate you may see a dingo, a dunnart, a marsupial mole, bilby or echidna. Much easier to spot are the nine species of kangaroo and wallaby, and the many feral beasts that inhabit and degrade the land – camels, donkeys, horses, buffalo and pigs.

Everywhere you go – especially if you’re with a Bungoolee Tour, you’ll see sights, animals, trees and plants that will amaze and fascinate you, and you’ll go home with a new appreciation for this astounding land, its history and the unbreakable connection that the Bunuba people have with it.