Although the land is ancient, the town was only established in 1961 as a service centre for the Ord River Irrigation scheme. Kununurra is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘meeting of big waters’, which is fitting since it’s where water from Lake Argyle is released into the Ord River, which flows into Lake Kununurra.
Take in the vista of Kununurra and the Ord River from the lookout at Kelly’s Knob, the highest point in Kununurra. From the car park, it’s a 1.2km round trip to the top. The view is beautiful at any time of day but is especially lovely at sunset.
It’s impossible to miss Lake Kununurra, the large man-made reservoir outside of town. The lake was created in 1963 with the construction of the Ord Diversion Dam and is fed by the Ord River. The lake and river are beautiful, rich with a variety of wildlife. You can take a scenic cruise 55km up the river, spotting crocodiles, sea eagles and more along the way.
Near the lake is the Grotto, one of many small canyons in the area, where there’s a natural water hole perfect for swimming and relaxing.
The Celebrity Tree Park is something you wouldn’t expect in such a small town. A number of celebrities — including HRH Princess Anne and John Farnham — have passed by and most have planted trees in this pleasant shaded area overlooking the Ord River.
Just two kilometres out of town is Mirima National Park, which contains rock formations over 350 million years old and is of cultural significance to the local Miriuwung people.
Learn about the long history of the Kununurra area at the Kununurra Museum, which has everything related to regional history including ancient fossils and photos documenting the construction of the Ord Diversion Dam.
Pick up some local art or jewellery at the Zebra Rock Gallery, which sells items made from local materials unique to the East Kimberley. While you browse, you can enjoy a refreshing mango smoothie.
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