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Kununurra 6 Day Escape


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The picturesque township of Kununurra is located on the banks of Lake Kununurra and the Ord River. Sitting close to the Northern Territory border, Kununurra is the eastern gateway into Western Australia. If you’re looking for an outback adventure, Kununurra is the perfect destination to start your Kimberley region experience. Most attractions involve lots of water, flora, fauna and spectacular scenery. First gazetted in the 1960’s as the centre for the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. Kununurra is one of Western Australia’s youngest towns and is a hub for local industries such as agriculture and tourism.

EAST KIMBERLEY CLIMATE - Average Temp. (c) Average Rainfall (mm)

   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   June   July   Aug   Sept   Oct   Nov   Dec 
Max 36.4 35.5 35.3 35.5 32.9 30.5 30.2 33.6 36.4 38.3 38.8 38.0  
Min 25.1 24.9 24.1 21.3 19.1 15.9 15.0 17.5 20.8 23.7 25.4 25.0  
Rain 196 213 140 21.2 10.0 1.3 3.9 0.1 2.8 25.5 70.9 105  

Clothing: Casual light clothing, casual dress for travelling and activities and smart casual for evening dining is recommended. Include comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, insect repellent, towel, swimwear, all-weather coat/jacket.

Where’s Kununurra? 3,213 kms from Perth and 820 kms from Darwin. Yes, Kununurra is remote but it’s worth the journey to visit this colourful region. Virgin Australia and Airnorth (code share with Qantas) fly regularly to Kununurra.

Day 1


Arrive Kununurra, check into your accommodation. Yay – you’re here! Relax, free time to enjoy your accommodation property before heading into town to explore. Be sure to visit Kimberley Fine Diamonds and Nina's Jewelleryto check out pink Argyle Diamonds, it’s possible to do a tour of Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamonds mine site.

Find out what time sunset is to get the best views from Kelly’s knob. Just a couple of kms on the outskirts of town, Kelly’s Knob is the highest point in Kununurra and offers excellent views of the township, taking in the Ord River, Lake Kununurra, Elephant Rock and the Ord River Irrigation area. Once you reach the car park its approximately a 1.2km round trip to the top and some parts of the climb are a bit challenging so its recommended to wear sturdy shoes and take some water with you (or a cold beer!).Its impressive by day but even better at sunset.

There are many dinner options for a relatively small town. Some of my favourites are Kimberley Grande, The Hoochery do dinners on Saturday nights during the season, PumpHouse Restaurant and Bar, amazing views over Lake Kununurra, good for a cold beer or cocktail at sunset. Look out for the freshwater croc and Silver Cobbler (Shovel Nosed Catfish – Arius Midgelei). Kelly’s Bar & Grill located at the Kununurra Country Club is a great dining option. I recommend the Barra!. Ask a local their favourite restaurant and why.

Day 2


Time to explore Kununurra, to make the most of your visit, we suggest you hire a car or do a Town Tour with 2K Tours especially if you are interested in the Ord River scheme. Here are some suggestions of things to see and do in and around Kununurra.

  • Artopia
  • Waringarri Aboriginal Arts (Waringarri Aboriginal Arts started tours in 2016)
  • Rockalong Stonework for Zebra Rock
  • Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Zebra Rock Gallery (make sure you feed the fish before leaving)
  • The Hoochery – the Ord River Rum cake is so delicious
  • The Sandalwood Factory and Cafe – Mt Romance
  • Ivanhoe Crossing

  • Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve near the town of Wyndham. If you love birds, it’s worth the drive. Spend the day in Wyndham and visit the Historical Museum in the Wyndham port, call in to the Rusty Shed Café for delicious homemade food, coffee and smoothies, drive up the Bastion 5 Rivers Lookout, if you have a 4WD you can take the King River Road and visit the Prison Boab Tree, Aboriginal Rock Art, Moochalabra dam. You can also visit the Pioneer museum and Afghan museum. 
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  • Mirima National Park is accessible and worth seeing all year round. Mirima National Park is just two kilometres (a drive of less than five minutes) east of Kununurra. There is well signposted access via Barrington Avenue and Hidden Valley. 
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  • Kununurra Markets are held each Saturday morning from 8am to 12 noon in Whitegum Park (Cnr Coolibah Drive and Leichhardt Street, Kununurra). The markets generally commence in April and run through until September each year. Stalls are many and varied and showcase talented local artisans. We suggest you have breakfast at the markets. Great coffee, food, ambience. 
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  • Lunch options – Wild Mango Café, Kimberley Café, Sandalwood Factory & Café, Ivanhoe Café (their mango smoothie with chia is awesome, homemade sausage rolls and wraps are scrumptious).
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  • Check out what’s on and when at the Kununurra Picture Gardens http://www.kpg.org.au The Kununurra Picture Gardens has been providing an outdoor movie experience to the Kununurra Community since 1963. The Picture Gardens is community owned and volunteer-run each week to provide a unique outdoor movie experience.

Day 3


Kununurra is all about water, time to get out on the Ord River & Lake Argyle with Triple J Tours. We recommend their Lake Argyle Sunset Tour & Ord River Tour plus riverside lunch. Pick up 9.00am from your accommodation returning 7.00pm. Big day but so worth it. Don’t forget your bathers. This is a day you will never forget. Or you could do the Ord River cruise and Lake Argyle Cruise separately. If you’ve got a car we recommend the Lake Argyle Kimberley Durack Sunset Cruise. Allow one hour to drive from Kununurra to Lake Argyle Resort (70kms). Experience the true diversity of the ever-changing landscape of Australia’s largest body of fresh water on this 3 to 3.5 hour afternoon of exploration of Lake Argyle. Departing from the Lake Argyle Resort at 2.15pm. The skipper provides informative commentary, guides the specially designed vessel amongst numerous small inlets and bays in search of local wildlife. There’s time for a refreshing swim in the tranquil waters of the Bay of Islands and as the sun sets we serve a cheese & pate platter, dips and crackers with complimentary beer and wine. The coach returns you to the Lake Argyle Resort at dusk.

Triple J Tours Ord River Day Tour: Their most popular touring option! You will be collected from your accommodation at 11.30am and taken by coach through Durack country to Lake Argyle (70km). As we near Lake Argyle, we will take a short break at the historic Durack Homestead Museum. This Museum was constructed as a replica of the original family Homestead and uses the original Homestead stone. Re-boarding the coach, we drive the short distance to Lake Argyle Resort before viewing the enormous Lake Argyle from a scenic look-out. Crossing the Ord Top Dam wall, guests will see the Ord Hydro-Power Station before boarding their Triple J Tours boat for a scenic 55km cruise along the Ord River back to Kununurra. Marvel at the spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna found along the way, including the elusive freshwater crocodile! Enjoy afternoon tea at our riverside camp before heading back to Kununurra. Take in a colourful East Kimberley sunset before docking back at the Marina and re-boarding your coach for your accommodation drop-off at around 6.00pm.

Day 4


Wow factor plus today – take a visit to World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park better known as the Bungle Bungle Range. Here are some options.

2 Hour Scenic Flight with Aviair (departure times 6.00am, 9.00am & 2.30pm) The Bungle Bungle Range in the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park is one of the most fascinating geological landscapes in Western Australia. From an aircraft, it is an imposing sight. This 2-hour scenic flight takes you on an unforgettable adventure over the Bungle Bungle Range, Lake Argyle, the Argyle Diamond Mine and Ord River Irrigation Area.

Bungle Bungle Adventurer & Helicopter with Aviair This 4-hour scenic adventure provides both panoramic aerial views and close up detail of the landscape. Experience landing at a remote Kimberley airstrip where you will be met by your helicopter pilot. A thrilling Bungle Bungle helicopter flight follows taking you over some of the inaccessible parts of Purnululu National Park.

Bungle Bungle Fly + Southern and Northern Gorges Walk + Helicopter with AviAir and Bungle Bungle Guided Tours

Bungle Bungle Adventurer + Piccaninny Gorge Heli-hike NEW with AviAir and Bungle Bungle Guided Tours


Purnululu plus Cockburns Explorer with Kingfisher Tours (2.5 hour flight departing 9.00am & 2.00pm) Departing Kununurra they head south along Lake Kununurra, over Packsaddle Plains to Spillway Creek and on to the majestic inland sea of Lake Argyle. They then follow Bow River south, where the first Argyle diamonds were found, and cross the Osmond Ranges with their unique wave-like formations. Next, arrive at the Bungle Bungle Range located within the world heritage listed Purnululu National Park. After flying a loop around the Bungles, they then track to the Argyle Diamond Mine. They fly over the open pit, and onwards to El Questro, a million acre cattle station turned wilderness park, with its famous cliffhanging homestead. Continue downstream along the Pentecost River to Home Valley Station, with the spectacular Cockburn Ranges in full view to the east. Pass by the historic town of Wyndham, the lower Ord River wetlands and Ord Irrigation area before returning to Kununurra.

Kimberley Air Tours Bungle Bungle & Lake Argyle Island Experience. Their most popular tour by float plane showcasing the World Heritage Listed Bungle Bungle Range and land on Lake Argyle for an unforgettable island experience!

Approximately 3.5 hours Kimberley Air Tours Bungle Bungle Air Adventure with Ground Tour. Discover the Bungle Bungles by air and foot as we take you on this full day adventure tour departing from Kununurra! Combine our Bungle Bungle Air Adventure with a guided 4wd and walking tour of the spectacular striped bee hive domes and the famous Cathedral Gorge. Full day tour.

 

Day 5

Departing from Kununurra full day 4WD tour to El Questro. This lengthy 12-hour tour through El Questro will take you through the Wilderness Park, departing from Kununurra in the far East Kimberley. Guided by an El Questro ranger, the tour includes an all-encompassing journey through Emma Gorge and Zebedee Thermal Springs. Take a mid-day break for lunch at the Steakhouse Restaurant and end the full day with the Chamberlain River Cruise.

Or you may like to do a full day tour with Kimberley Air Tours to the Mitchell Falls
Mitchell Falls Walk & Helicopter Adventure or Mitchell Falls Coastal Adventure with Berkeley River Lunch.

Take the ultimate scenic flight with Kingfisher Tours, full day Wandjina Explorer.

Departing Kununurra track west towards the striking Cockbun Ranges and the Pentecost River. Overfly the El Questro Township and Homestead, the famous Pentecost Crossing, and Home Valley Station before setting course for the Mitchell River Falls, overflying the remote and unpopulated central Kimberley. Highlights include: -

Mitchell Falls
Truscott-Mungalalu Air Base
Kalumburu remote Aboriginal community.
King George Falls
Timor Sea Coast
The Lower Ord

 

Day 6

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Day 7

But Wait There's More

FISHING
Bask in the Kimberley sun while chasing that iconic Barramundi. Matt and Courtney Cox from Northbound Charters do a range of tours including half days in Lake Kununurra. Spend a full day fishing the remote waterways of the Kimberley. Offering so much more than just a fishing charter, the scenery in this area is stunning, rugged and raw. Sheer rock faces meet the vast water offering an ideal photo opportunity. The Kimberley is the home of big crocs, and while they usually lurk beneath the muddy waters, during the cooler months of June and July they can be spotted sunning themselves on the banks at low tide.

Then you have Ultimate Adventures 1 hour’s 4WD from Kununurra on the Parry’s Creek Road, near the historic Bend of the Lower Ord River and Carlton Crossing is Hairy Dog’s Fishing Camp. Fishing enthusiasts and nature-lovers are welcome! Overnight bush bed and breakfast is catered for travellers as well as those enjoying one of Ultimate Adventures’ fishing safaris.

HELIFISHING
The best place in the world to experience helifishing with Helispirit. The best time to fish in the Kimberley is during and just after the wet season from January to May. Nothing beats a helifishing out of Kununurra with no easier or productive way to barra fish than in a chopper with a pilot who knows the hot spots. Experience some incredibly diverse locations ranging from saline coastal flats, floodplain and barrage systems, billabongs and spectacular gorges and best of all, catch lots of barra.

UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION
We definitely suggest you spend more time in the East Kimberley.
APT Kimberley Wilderness Adventures. Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge:  located in the heart of Purnululu National Park. Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge.
East Kimberley Tours Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge. Provides dinner bed and breakfast and access to a swimming pool.
Lake Argyle Resort - Lake View Villas are close to our famous infinity pool and have views across Coolibah Pocket, Bamboo Cove and Pannikin Bay.
The Berkeley River Lodge - Only accessible by air, getting to the Berkeley is half the adventure. Leave modern life far behind and relax into the rhythms of nature in your luxurious villa floating atop the coastal dunes. Be one of the privileged few to set eyes upon breathtaking wilderness landscapes by river cruise or helicopter flight
El Questro - Amid the vast and ancient landscape of Western Australia’s East Kimberley region sits the untamed natural beauty of El Questro. From deep gorges and majestic mountains to thermal springs, mud and salt-flats, rainforests and cascading waterfalls everything the Kimberley has to offer is located across the property's 700,000 acres.
Faraway Bay - Nestled on a rocky hilltop overlooking the turquoise Timor Sea. 280 kilometres north-west of Kununurra, is a remote and spellbinding part of the Kimberley coastal region of Western Australia.
Kimberley Coastal Camp - There are very few places in the world where you can enjoy fabulous scenery, gourmet food, unique beach front accommodation, spectacular fishing and ancient rock art – all combined with unparalleled hospitality in a remote wilderness location. Established in 1994 Kimberley Coastal Camp is nestled on the pristine shores of the Admiralty Gulf in the heart of the great Kimberley wilderness.
Home Valley Station - Located close to the mighty Pentecost River, at the foot of the majestic Cockburn Range. Experience the exhilaration of barramundi fishing, soak in the unforgettable scenery of the East Kimberley and be inspired by the region's Indigenous people.

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