Things To See And Do
Boab Prison Tree and Myall's Bore
On the outskirts of town (7 km south on the Derby Highway) is the Boab or Baobab Prison Tree and the Myall's Bore.
The huge baobab tree was used as a lockup for Aboriginal prisoners. It was the last stopover point for patrols returning to Derby. Capable of holding a number of prisoners it has an entrance which is about one metre wide and two metres high.
The Bore, originally known as Miyarli Well, was originally sunk by a man called Mayall who in 1912 sank the bore to a depth of 322 metres. The daily flow of water was 315 000 litres. The bore was capped in 1980. Beside the bore stands a huge 120 metre long cattle trough which was built in about 1920 and is reputed to be the longest in the southern hemisphere. It is claimed, although it seems hard to imagine, that when the trough was in use 1000 head of cattle could be watered at one time.
Pigeon Heritage Trail
An excellent account of Pigeon's reign of terror and a discussion of the places connected with his operations around Derby can be found in The Pigeon Heritage Trail: Aboriginal-European Relations in the West Kimberley, 1890s which is available from the Derby Tourist Bureau in Clarendon Street, Derby. It has clear directions to the Old Derby Gaol in Loch Street and the old cemetery in Sutherland Street which has the grave of Pigeon's first victim, Police Constable Richardson
Indian Ocean; King Sound; Swan Island (King Sound) Nature Reserve (120 km north-west); Tunnel Creek National Park (160 km); Windjana Gorge; Napier Range; Lennard River; Buccaneer Archipelago; Bonaparte Archipelago; Horizontal Falls; Fitzroy River; Low Rocks Nature Reserve (425 km north-east); Prince Regent River (270 km north-east). Minerals found in the hinterland include oil at Blina, diamonds in the Phillips Range, facing stone from the King Leopold Ranges and lead and zinc from Cadjebut.
abattoirs (established 1966); Bungarun Leprosarium graveyard; Mowanjum Aboriginal Mission (established 1956-81) and Mowanjum Community (art); (8 km south of Derby); Myalls Bore; Royal Flying Doctor base; Wharfinger's House; Jetty Tramway and Woolshed (operated 1900 to 1957); Adele Island Lighthouse; Glenroy Station & Meatworks (309 km NW of Derby); Curtin Detention Centre.
Boab prison tree; Derby wharf; Windjana Gorge Aboriginal art sites; Boulder Hill Aboriginal art sites (80 km north-east); Oombalai Aboriginal occupation and art site (60 km north); 'Mermaid' carved boab tree, Careening Bay