The name 'Kununurra' means 'meeting of big waters' in the language of the local Aboriginal people, and the town itself was established alongside Lake Kununurra on the Ord River, as the center of the massive Ord River Irrigation Scheme.
To the south, Lake Argyle was created by the damming of the Ord River, and is now the largest body of fresh water in Australia.
Mirima National Park, only 2 km from town is a wonderful area of rugged sedimentary formations, steep gorges and great views, known by the locals as the 'mini-Bungles'.
A striking feature of this Park are the boab trees which cling to the rock faces. In town there are various local art galleries, or you can take a tour of the only licensed distillery in Western Australia at the Hoochery Distillery — a traditional old Country and Western Saloon Bar 12 km north of the township.
You may also like to pay a visit to Kimberley Fine Diamonds, located in the heart of town where you can purchase the rare pink diamonds which are mined out at the nearby Argyle Diamond Mine.
Suggested itineraries featuring Kununurra
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Places near Kununurra
- El Questro Wilderness Park 86 kilometers away
- Bullo River Station 117 kilometers away
- Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) National Park 199 kilometers away
- The Kimberley 295 kilometers away
- Litchfield National Park 357 kilometers away
- Katherine 407 kilometers away
- Nitmiluk National Park 429 kilometers away
- Darwin 434 kilometers away