Embrace adventure in a world of vast lakes, ancient ridges and ranges, rare pink diamonds and huge stations.
There’s something about wild, remote Kununurra that fires the spirit of adventure in even the most timid of travelers. It could be the blue skies, scorching red soil and rugged bush scenery, or the fact it is the gateway to the East Kimberley and some of Western Australia’s remarkable natural attractions.
From here you can visit World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park and the beehive-shaped towers of the Bungle Bungle range, thought to be 350 million years old. Or see their miniature versions in amongst the amphitheatres, gullies and ridges of Mirima National Park.
You can take a helicopter over the mighty Ord river and man-made Lake Argyle, which is large enough to be classified as an inland sea. Trek Mitchell Plateau and see the majestic Mitchell Falls – a series of four waterfalls - cascade over layers of rock into a deep pool. Then visit the Argyle Diamond Mine and see the rare pink diamonds extracted from this ancient rock each year.
Of course, this is only the start of the adventures Kununurra offers. You can catch a trophy-sized barramundi in the roaring wet season rivers or swim in a cool, deep waterhole under cascading Black Rock Falls. Canoe Lake Kununurra, camping under star-filled skies and getting up close to fresh water crocodile, fruit bats, wallabies and hundreds of birds along the way. It’s easy to see why the place was called Kununurra- it means 'big water' in the language of Aboriginal tribes who have roamed this landscape for thousands of years.
Rock climb and abseil sheer cliff faces, bushwalk through rugged ranges and take a four wheel drive to some of the most remote locations on earth. Off road, there are gorges, waterfalls and cattle stations the size of small European countries to explore. Visit the station where part of Baz Lurhman’s movie Australia was filmed and you’ll see what moved Nicole Kidman’s character to embark on her sweeping outback adventure.
When you’re in need of new adrenalin, jump on a bull at the local rodeo or join the crowds at an outback horse race. For a real ‘flying by the seat of your pants feeling’, take a doorless chopper over the Bungle Bungle ranges or lift off from lakes, rivers and ranges on a floatplane.
All this fresh air and exertion works up an appetite, so throw down a picnic rug at 600 million year old Zebra Rock, dine at an al fresco restaurant at sunset or savour mud crab skewers at a remote camp.
There’s never been a better place to embrace adventure.