“Kununurra” comes from the Aboriginal language of the region and means “big waters”. This is very apt, as Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest lake, is only 72 kilometres from the town.
Kununurra is located at the eastern side of the Kimberleys, a plateau region of northern Western Australia, close to the border of Western Australia (WA) to the Northern Territory (NT). From Darwin it takes the Greyhound bus nine hours to get there (834 kilometres).
Population: 4,800. Distance from Perth: 3,214 kms.
Kununurra. A Boab tree forms a striking silhouette against the backdrop of the early morning sky.
Books of the region
Harvey Arden wrote Dreamkeepers, a book set in the east Kimberleys covering Kununurra, Emu Creek and Wyndham, but also other well-known places of the Kimberley region like Derby or Halls Creek.
Aboriginal Australia & the Torres Strait Islands has about 15 pages on the Kimberley.
Places to visit
Mirima (Hidden Valley) National Park
Here’s why you don’t have to pay much to get a first-hand experience of the (mini) Bungle Bungles.
Last updated: 16 November 2012 | Out of respect for Aboriginal culture I use Indigenous sources as much as possible.