Kununurra is the eastern gateway to the Kimberley. It offers access to a multitude of outback adventures. The town was developed in the 1960s to provides services for the Ord Irrigation Scheme. The current population is approximately 6,000. Residents are well catered for, with a modern hospital, leisure and aquatic centre, specialty shops, air and ground passenger services.
Kununurra has developed into the regional centre for the Shire of Wyndham – East Kimberley and is the base for the development of the Ord Irrigation Scheme.
A visitor to Kununurra cannot help but notice the extensive waterways which form the basis of the Ord Irrigation Scheme. The mighty Ord River, once a series of waterholes during dry season, is now a permanent waterway. From the Diversion Dam upstream to Lake Argyle, the Ord has developed into an intricate and interesting ecosystem of rivers, wetlands and lakes.
Surrounding the town itself is a variety of unique and unusual rock formations which are typical of the region. The colours and shapes of these formations have to be seen to be believed. A fine example is Mirima Nature Park, known locally as Hidden Valley (or the mini Bungle-Bungles).
Some of the beautiful destinations which can be reached from Kununurra include the Kelly’s Knob, Lake Kununurra, Bandicoot Beach, Hidden Valley National Park, Ivanhoe Crossing, Bungle Bungles, Lake Argyle, Gibb River Road, Mitchell Falls, Ord River, Argyle Diamond Mine, plus many others.
Health Services in Kununurra include:
- Kununurra Hospital
- Kununurra Medical
- Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS)
- Community Health
- Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service