Whether you’re passing through or on a planned holiday to Kununurra, there are plenty of things to keep you amused, either in Kununurra itself, or just a short drive away. My family and friends just spent 10 days in the stunning East Kimberley and we were so blown away, I felt to compelled to share some of it’s finest hidden treasures.
5 of my ‘top’ unforgettable things to do in Kununurra
1. LAKE KUNUNURRA & THE UPPER ORD
The Ord River is not your every day river (unless your everyday river is full or crocs). The Ord flows directly through Kununurra. On the west side of town there is a large diversion dam that separates the upper and lower Ord River. On the upper side there are many amazing places to explore by boat and if I’m honest, this is the only way to truly experience the Ord.
If you have your own boat, there is a boat ramp right next to Kimberleyland Waterfront Holiday Park. If staying at the park, check with them or pop into the Kununurra Visitors Centre for advice on distances and what to expect. No Boat?? Contact Triple J Tours, they are based in Kununurra and run regular tours along the Upper Ord.
2. LOWER ORD AND IVANHOE CROSSING-
The Ivanhoe Crossing is a famous landmark in the Kimberley.
The Crossing is a weir approx 10 minutes north from Kununurra. In the dry season you are usually able to drive across it, however in the Wet Season it is usually closed due to high water levels. Whatever the season, Ivanhoe Crossing is accessible to visit from the Kununurra side at all times of the year. This is a very picturesque, popular spot with locals and tourists alike. Whether you’re there to flick a lure and catch a Barra or just to enjoy the sunset, this is definitely a must see.
Disclaimer for those eagle eyes: Barra was caught a few years ago, but was caught at Ivanhoe Crossing :-)
3. LAKE ARGYLE -
Located just 70km from Kununurra, Lake Argyle will take your breath away and is a world unto itself.
It’s the biggest body of freshwater in Australia and is 18 times bigger than Sydney Harbour. There is so much to do once here with the lake offering swimming, boating, fishing, bushwalking and much more.
The Lake Argyle Resort really offers something for everyone including a fantastic restaurant to grab a feed.
Accommodation ranges from shaded campsites to cliff top villas and the manicured grounds are simply beautiful. The resort is also home to possibly the best swimming pool I’ve ever been in; an infinity pool featuring views out over the lake; this is a great photo opportunity not to be missed.
We took our own boat but they do offer tours daily. Visit their website Lake Argyle Resort & Caravan Park and see tours & accommodation on offer.
4. TAKE A SCENIC FLIGHT -
Helispirit & AviAir offers numerous light aircraft and Heli flights departing from Kununurra.
Whether you want to check out majestic landscapes or fly to a secluded waterfall for a cold beer with mates, they've got you covered.
Options include Bungle Bungles, Argyle Diamond Mine, Kununurra and surrounds, Waterfall Helicopter Adventures and even the Ultimate Pub Crawl!!!
Our group chose to take the Waterfall Heli Adventure. This involved a scenic flight along the Ord River and down towards Lake Argyle. Taking in the stunning scenery and landing at this beautiful waterfall for a swim and a cheeky pre-midday beer.
5. HOOCHERY RUM DISTILLERY
An icon of the Kimberley.
Raymond 'Spike' Dessert III, founder, owner, developer, and farmer, founded the Hoochery Distillery in 1999 and since then built one of the most recognisable brands in the Kimberley.
The business was built with his bare hands and continues to thrive in his memory after his sad passing in 2017. The Hoochery is a short drive (approx 15 mins) out of Kununurra and is a must visit when in the area.
Not only do they offer tasting paddles of their award winning rums and liquors, there is also the opportunity to purchase some tasty treats as well. I highly recommend the Cane Royale (coffee, chocolate, rum) Cheesecake, it made my day!!!
For more info visit the Hoochery Distillery
Other great places and businesses to check out ....
- Pumphouse Restaurant - (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) - I wish I had taken my camera to feature this place as well, but it would appear food and wine was the only thing on my mind that night. Hopefully I can get some nice images when I return next time. The food and service was outstanding.
- Totally Scentual - Totally Scentual is owned by Cath, a Kununurra local for more than 30 years. Totally Scentual offers a range of natural aromatherapy products. All products are made in Kununurra.
- Birdland Functional Art - Amazing ceramicist based in Kununurra. I discovered her a few years ago and always visit when in town. Take your pocket money with you for a treat, her work is stunning.
- Mirima National Park - on the edge of town, walk or drive to check out "the mini Bungle Bungles"
- Kelly's Knob - Picturesque lookout in the middle of town
- Waterfall Trail - ie. Molly Springs, Middle Springs, Valentine Springs & the Grotto.
- Wyndham - Just over 100km drive north of Kununurra. The 5 River lookout here is stunning especially at sunset. This can be incorporated with your day on the waterfall trail.
- Sandalwood Plantations
- Bungle Bungles
- Argyle Diamond Mine