Stretching 3,000 kilometres from Broome in the Kimberley, to Cooktown at the edge of the Cape York Peninsula, and spanning three states and territories, plus Commonwealth lands and seas, the Kimberley to Cape ‘region’ encompasses approximately 1.5 million square kilometres.
It is a very special place with globally significant cultural and natural values, resilient communities and vast economic potential if we get development right.
It is home to around 500,000 people, many of whom live in small towns or remote communities. Indigenous Australians make up a large component of this population and have special interests and rights across >80% of Northern Australia, having lived here for more than 40,000 years.
North Australia hosts the world’s largest remaining intact tropical savanna, many free-flowing rivers, and extensive healthy near-shore tropical marine systems. It’s home to an abundance and richness of plants and animals (eg the brush-tailed rabbit-rat, northern bettong, long-tailed planigale, and black walleroo) that is rare by global standards, with key habitats including savanna woodlands and grasslands, stone country, rainforest patches, mangroves and fresh and salt water country.
The Kimberley to Cape initiative encompasses the area covered by this savanna, which is roughly equivalent to the area dominated by a monsoonal climate (ie the wet and semi-arid tropics) or the catchments that drain into northern tropical seas.
The basic Kimberley to Cape “region” (this is approximate – we prefer fuzzy boundaries)
A typical Northern Australian scene