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Kununurra Western Australia

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Kununurra in Western Australia has vast, stunning landscapes, remarkable waterways and lush farmland that are both surprising and awe-inspiring.

Kununurra is the perfect backdrop for an outback adventure and your gateway to the eastern end of the Gibb River Road.

Allow some time to experience the range of things to see and do in Kununurra and within easy range of the town itself. Kununurra is also a great base to join tours to some of the region’s major attractions, including the Mitchell Falls, the Bungle Bungles and Lake Argyle.

How to get to Kununurra

Kununurra is located on the banks of one of the Kimberley’s main waterways – the Ord River – and sits close to the Northern Territory border, just 225km from Timber Creek.

Heritage

First gazetted in 1961 as the centre for the Ord River Irrigation Scheme, Kununurra is the Kimberley’s youngest town. The name is derived from the word “Goonoonorrang” in the language of the local Miriwoong people, meaning river.

The construction of Diversion Dam in 1962 and the completion of the Ord River Dam, which created Lake Argyle, provided for the development of over 14,000ha of irrigated land. A later development was the construction of a hydro-electric power station at the base of the Ord River Dam which supplies renewable power to Kununurra, Wyndham, the Argyle village and the Argyle Diamond Mine. A diverse range of crops is produced in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA), including sugar cane, chickpeas, melons, pumpkins, mangoes, bananas, citrus and sandalwood. Further expansion of ORIA took place in from 2009, with over 15,000ha of irrigated land released.

Explore

Discover more about Kununurra’s waterways and lakes with tours from Lake Argyle and Kununurra. Connect with nature and take in some of the seasonal and spring-fed waterfalls and swimming holes located within a short drive of town, and visit Mirima National Park, often described as the mini-Bungles. At Kelly’s Knob, view the sunset over the majestic hills and ranges surrounding Kununurra.

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