A well planned, modern town built as the administrative and
residential centre of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. It is a popular
base for exploring the north Kimberley region.
The town is situated in among the scenic hills and ranges of the far
north-east Kimberley Region, having an abundance of fresh water,
conserved by the Ord River Diversion dam and the main Ord River Dam.
The landscape surrounding Kununurra includes many often visited
features such as Valentine Spring, Black Rock Creek and Middle Springs
along with many other waterfalls and swimming holes. Popular fishing
spots include Ivanhoe Crossing, The Diversion Dam, Buttons Crossing,
and various locations along the Dunham and Ord Rivers. Watching the
sunset at Kelly’s Knob Lookout, the highest point in Kununurra,
is a must.
Lake Kununurra is a long linear lake in the Ord River valley formed
in 1963 by the construction of the Ord Diversion Dam in Kununurra,
northern Western Australia, which was built to supply water to the Ord
River Irrigation Area. Prior to the Diversion Dam construction a
natural permanent waterhole (or lake) held back by the Bandicoot Bar
was known as "Carlton Reach," which was reputed to be the largest
waterhole in the Kimberley
Lake Argyle is a year-round playground for water sports enthusiasts.
The lake is so vast it is rated as an inland sea. Visitors can explore
the wetlands packed with bird life by cruise and canoe. Lake Argyle is
part of the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA), the product of a bold and
imaginative plan to develop part of the nation's tropical north for
intensive irrigated agriculture by harnessing the waters of the Ord
Argyle Diamond Mine
Argyle Diamonds is the largest diamond producing mine in the world.
The mine is open to visitors on guided tours departing from Kununurra.
A day trip to the mine will give visitors a rare insight into the scope
of a large mining operation and the history of its relationship with
Celebrity Tree Park
Celebrity Tree Park is planted with many trees planted by famous
people including Rolf Harris, and more recently Baz Luhrmann, after the
majority of the filming for his film Australia was conducted just
outside of Kununurra.
Kununura the gateway to the East Kimberley. From here visit
Purnululu National Park and Bungle Bungle range, Gibb River Road and
Mitchell Plateau, El Questro Wilderness Park and Keep River National
El Questro Wilderness Park
A unique holiday destination, a privately owned Wilderness park that
was previously a cattle station. The park encompasses an area of
approximately 10,000 sq kilm that extends some 80 km into the heart of
the Kimberley. Activities include barramundi fishing, treks on
horseback, exploring remote areas by helicopter, bushwalking up Emma
Gorge and boating through Chamberlain Gorge.
Natural features: Ord River Nature Reserve; Thompson Springs;
Mirima National Park; Mirima (Hidden Valley) National Park; Packsaddle
Plains and Falls; Black Rock Falls; Zebra Rocks; Carr Boyd Range;
Mitchell Plateau; Middle Springs; Palm Springs Reserve (27 km
north-east); Parry Lagoon; Ascot-Parry's Creek Area Nature Reserves (25
km south-east); Pelican Island Nature Reserve; El Questro Wilderness
Built features: Lake Kununurra (Diversion Dam); Lake Argyle (2nd
biggest storage reservoir in Australia) and Argyle Dam; Cotton Ginnery;
Argyle Diamond Mine.
Heritage features: Durack homestead; Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Centre;
Ivanhoe Crossing (historic concrete causeway over the Ord River)