Brief History

Kununurra is located 2,300km north-east of Perth in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia.

The town, which lies on the banks of Lake Kununurra , was built as a result of the development of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. Originally the town was to be named Cununarra but due to similarities of place names in other States the spelling was changed to Kununurra. The town was gazetted in 1961. Click here to find out more history of Kununurra.

Things You May Not Know About Kununurra

The post code of Kununurra is 6743.

In 1879, Alexander Forrest , the brother of Sir John Forrest, was the first recorded white man to have explored the region and he was to give it the name, Kimberley.

Alexander Forrest became the land agent for the region, leasing over 51 million acres (21 million hectare) in 1883.

The first settler to the area was Irish born Patrick (Patsy) Durack in 1882.

Patsy travelled 3,000 miles from Queensland to the Kimberley region with 7250 head of cattle and 200 horses to stock his Argyle and Ivanhoe stations. This little trek took about three years to complete.

The Durack family established the Lissadell, Argyle, Rosewood and Ivanhoe Cattle Stations.

The Durack's Argyle Downs Homestead was original located somewhere in middle of Lake Argyle. Following the decision to create the lake the homestead was removed piece by piece to safer grounds. Having been rebuilt it is now a pioneer museum.

Kununurra is 365km from Halls Creek, 825km from Darwin and 980km from Broome.

Kelly's Knob Lookout, at 191m, is the highest point in Kununurra.

Man made Lake Argyle , located 70km from Kununurra, is the largest artificial lake in Australia.

The Argyle Diamond Mine is the biggest diamond producing mine in the world and produces about one third of the world's diamonds.

Kununurra is believed to have the youngest average age of any town in Australia.
Lake Kununurra has over twenty different species of freshwater fish and an abundance of freshwater crocodiles.

Important Links To Kununurra

Kimberley Tourism
Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley

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