Kununurra is the largest town north of Broome in Western Australia and is just 45 kilometres from the Northern Territory border. Kununurra is the English pronunciation of its Aboriginal name: Goonoonoorrang (pronounced Goo-noo-noor-rang) which in the local Miriwoong language means 'river.' The mighty Ord River is certainly a feature of this region and Kununurra tours take visitors on scenic flights and river cruises to explore its vast beauty.
Kununurra is the ideal location for a scenic flight over the surreal landscape of the Bungle Bungle Range with its striped sandstone beehive-shaped rocks, Lake Argyle, one of the largest man-made lakes in the southern hemisphere with over 70 islands, and the impressive Argyle Diamond Mine. By land too, there are many tours from Kununurra to beautiful lakes, rivers, gorges, and outback through its abundant farming lands.
Australia's Top End and the Kimberley await with adventures to be had, dreamtime culture to enlighten and glorious nature to explore. Marvel at the termite mounds of Litchfield National Park, see Rock Art and cruise the Yellow Water wetlands in Kakadu, discover Katherine Gorge and the Ord River, soar above the Bungle Bungles, see the Derby Boab Tree for yourself, then finish with a camel ride on stunning Cable Beach.
While on your Kununurra tour, visit one of the world’s largest authentic Australian Aboriginal art galleries – Artlandish. The gallery features the work of more than 80 leading Indigenous artists from across the country with over 700 paintings, artefacts, and gifts. Artlandish has also established a vast knowledge library containing fascinating information on all facets of Australian Indigenous art and culture.
Driving through the plains of Kununurra, you can see the extent of the 20,000-hectare Ord River Irrigation Area with its lush farmlands of crops including tropical fruits, chickpeas, sugarcane, chia seeds, and sandalwood. Visit the Hoochery Distillery, the oldest operating legal still in WA, which was built entirely by hand using materials found around the farm.
Finish your trip with a bang by taking a popular scenic flight from Kununurra, which flies over the Bungle Bungle Range in the world-heritage-listed Purnululu National Park and across Lake Argyle, offering a bird’s eye view of the Argyle Diamond Mine. All of these spots have stunningly different landscapes and are picture-postcard-worthy.
The 350-million-year-old ‘Bungle Bungles’ as they’re known locally are striped sandstone formations rising from the lush green foliage like giant beehives. You’ll be amazed at the vastness and beauty of Lake Argyle with its 70-kilometre expanse and flying over the Argyle Diamond mine, one of the world’s largest producers of diamonds is truly inspiring.
Our Kununurra tours take in the best attractions this area has to offer. Come join us!
Kununurra lies in the scenic hills of the far north-east Kimberley region on the banks of one of the Ord River. The town was developed to service the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and its fresh water is protected by two main dams. A trip to Kununurra wouldn’t be complete without a cruise on this remarkable river.
If taking a river cruise, you might catch a glimpse of some of the waterway’s inhabitants, including freshwater crocodiles, rock wallabies, goannas, lizards, snakes, and turtles as well as an abundance of birds, including sea eagles, cockatoos, parrots, and the majestic jabiru. In fact, 300 of Australia’s 760 bird species can be found in the Kimberley region.
Kununurra has two distinct seasons. The dry season, which runs from April to September, is popular with tourists as the warm weather is ideal for outdoor activities, such as hiking and boating on the river. The wet season from October to March brings hotter temperatures and more rain but less crowds.
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