Backpacking Kununurra

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    GO FISHING OR WILDLIFE SPOTTING AT LAKE ARGYLE, WHICH IS SEVERAL TIMES LARGER THAN SYDNEY HARBOUR: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    SEE THE MAGNIFICENT BEEHIVE LIKE BUNGLE BUNGLE RANGE IN PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    WITNESS THE RUGGED AND REMOTE SCENERY AT NEARBY EL QUESTRO STATION: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    CHECK OUT SOME OF THE WATERFALLS AND WATERING HOLES, LIKE MIRI MIRI FALLS AT EL QUESTRO STATION: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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Kununurra Highlights

  • Witness the breathtaking Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park. The large mounds are orange and black striped, making them look like very large bee hives. They are one of the most fascinating geological landmarks in Australia.

  • Explore the 300 million year old sandstone cliffs of the Mirima "Hidden Valley" National Park.

  • Go boating, fishing, or spot some of the local wildlife, including fresh water crocodiles, wallabies, and more than 240 species of birds at Lake Argyle. The lake is several times larger than Sydney Harbour, so big it can be classified as an inland sea.

  • Take a tour of Rio Tinto's Argyle diamond mine to gain a rare insight into the scope of a large mining operation and the history of its relationship with Traditional Owners.

  • Explore the lagoons and billabongs of Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve, which are teeming with wildlife and bird life, especially during the wet season.

  • Go for a swim at The Grotto, a spectacular deep rock pool surrounded by huge sheer vertical cliffs and one of the regions best known waterfalls.

  • Check out Western Australia's only working rum distillery.

  • Head to nearby El Questro Station to see some stunning remote and rugged scenery.

  • Plenty of casual work available for backpackers in the form of fruit picking from May to September.

About Kununurra

Population 6,000

At the eastern entry to the Kimberly region, is the town of Kununurra. The town is located on the banks of Lake Kununurra and the Ord River and was founded in the 1960's as the centre of the Ord River irrigation scheme.

Kununurra is a comfortable base to launch expeditions to the relatively close Purnululu National Park. Here you can see the magnificent distinct sandstone formations of the Bungle Bungles, or witness the other spectacular scenery in the park.

Also, you can visit the 300 million year old sandstone cliffs of the Mirima "Hidden Valley" National Park.

Lake Argyle is located 72km southeast of the town. This is the largest manmade lake in Australia, created by the major dam of the Ord Irrigation Project. The lake is large enough to be classed as an inland sea. Here you can enjoy water activities, or just witness the beauty of how the clear blue water of the lake meets the ancient orange hills that surround it.

Another spot worth a visit is The Grotto, a natural waterhole, which is great for swimming.

There is also plenty of casual work available in the form of fruit picking from May to September.

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Kununurra Visitor Information Centre

Lot 75 Coolibah Drive
Kununurra, Western Australia
Phone 1800 586 868
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