Kununurra Western Australia
A picturesque town, situated in the middle of a beautiful and mysterious region. Wander into a land filled with tropical birds, waterfalls and plants, with contrasts of rusty orange desert. The town is an ideal base to explore the Kimberley and into the Northern Territory.
You'll find Kununurra friendly and welcoming. The locals are relaxed and pleased to show visitors the splendors of their home.
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Where is Kununurra?
Kununurra is 3247 kilometres north of Perth.
Kununurra is an inland town situated in the rugged Kimberley area of Australia's North West tourist region. Kununurra is surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Ord River and Mirima National Park. Close to Lake Argyle and the state border with the Northern Territory. One of the best ways to get to Kununurra is to hire a car from Perth Airport.
Things to see in Kununurra
Ord River and Lake Argyle
One of the most splendid river systems on the planet! The Ord River has been dammed to create Lake Argyle, an inland sea at 812 square kilometres. The lake has attracted thousands of species of native Australian birds and wildlife and is surrounded by vividly coloured red cliffs up to 150 metres in height.
Once part of the major route to Wyndham and now a favourite fishing spot for locals. The road crosses the Ord River but is flooded over. Water pours over the edge which creates the ideal environment for the Baramundi fish, growing up to a metre long and puts up fierce resistance.
Mirima National Park
Commonly known as Hidden Valley and located directly adjacent to the town. Treks to the top of the many granite peaks will reveal a spectacular view of the lush landscape. The rocks are vividly coloured with red and black layers, a result of a billion years of natural mountain building.
Located a few kilometres west of Kununurra is a small canyon named The Grotto. Many waterfalls run into this canyon which contains a safe and natural swimming hole at the bottom. Swim safely over to the thundering cascades for the most natural and clean shower you can imagine.
What's the weather like?
With an arid-tropical climate, Kununurra's climate can be summed up as hot and humid. This changes drastically in Summer with the arrival of the wet season rains. It can be sun shining one minute then downpouring for the next hour! Lightning around the town will take your breath away. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 40°C with an average minimum temperature of 26°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 28°C with an average minimum temperature of 11°C.
Tropical Cyclones are a prevalent part of this region between December and April. It is essential that you understand the steps and the procedures in place for Tropical Cyclones when entering this beautiful part of the world.
Get to know Kununurra's history
Kununurra, meaning "big water" in the local Aboriginal language, is a relatively new town, founded in 1958 as part of the Ord River Irrigation scheme, one of the largest undertaken in Australia's history. The scheme involved damming the Ord River and building a diversion dam 50 kilometres downstream so that the waters can be directed to irrigate about 75 000 hectares of land which was previously used for cattle grazing.
Then the movement of the water could be used to generate hydroelectricity for local consumption, and build towns to cater for the developing economy of the area. Work started in 1958 and by 1966 there were 31 farms on the Ord River plains. By 1972 the second stage was completed with the opening of the Lake Argyle Dam, over 100 square kilometres in size.