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[[Image:Mirima National Park.JPG|thumb|350px|right|Mirima National Park]]
[[Image:Kellys_knob_sunset.jpg|thumb|250px|right|Kelly's Knob ablaze at sunset]]
Though the dry is typically the peak tourist season, the wet is arguably the best time to see Kununurra. The monsoonal weather brews up billowing thunderclouds flashing with electrical storms that make for some beautiful sunsets. The ensuing downpours create rushing cascades to usually dry waterholes and bring a flush of new green growth to the landscape. If you can endure the humidity and incessant rain, you will see a Kununurra that many miss.
* <listing name="Kununurra Visitor Centre" alt="" directions="" address="75 Coolibah Dr" phonedirections="+61 8 9168 1177" email=" [email protected]" faxphone="+61 8 9168 25981177" url="http://www.kununurratourism.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+61 8 9168 2598">Your best source for free pamphlets about services in Kununurra, maps and Kimberley themed knick-knacks. Staff can be are quite helpful in answering your questions, and even more so if you look interested in booking provide a free tourbooking service. This not for profit visitor centre receives commissions to fund their fantastic services.</listing>
==Get in==
====From Broome====
* <listing name="Airnorth" alt="QantasLink" directions="" address="" phone="+61 8 89204001" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.airnorth.com.au/" hours="" price="$230-387">One flight a day leaving at 1:05PM takes just short of 90 minutes. Airnorth is a bit more pricey than the other carriers but offers full service.</listing>
* <listing name="Skywest" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+61 1300660088" url="http://www.skywest.com.au/" hours="" price="$191-371" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Operates three flights a week. On Monday and Wednesday departure is at 2:10PM but earlybirds can get one on Friday at 10AM. The flight takes about 90 minutes.</listing>
====From Darwin====
* <listing name="Airnorth" alt="QantasLink" directions="" address="" phone="+61 8 89204001" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.airnorth.com.au/" hours="" price="$138-306">One daily flight leaving at 10:40AM (Sa 7:45AM) NT time and arriving at 10:10AM WA time. The flight takes about 90 60 minutes if you work out the maths for the interstate time difference.</listing>
====From Perth====
* <listing name="Avis Car Rental" alt="" directions="" address="208 Konkerberry Dr" phone="+61 8 9169 1258‎" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="‎http://www.avis.com.au/" hours="" price="">Can arrange pick ups from the airport.</listing>
* <listing name="Thrifty" alt="" directions="" address="Bandicoot Dr" phone="136 139 (+61 8 136139‎9169 1911)‎" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://rentacar.com.au/" hours="" price=""></listing>
==See==
===Festivals & events===
* <do name="Ord Valley Muster" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+61 8 9168 27201177" url="http://www.ordvalleymuster.com.au/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="admininfo@ordvalleycommerceordvalleymuster.com.au" fax="+61 8 9168 22412598">An annual festival held over two weeks in May that brings some big names (and big money) for two weeks of art, music, dance and culture events in and around Kununurra and Wyndham. The festival's finale is the ''Kimberley Moon Experience'' dinner, featuring a performance by the headline act and lots of corporate schmoozing. Events change each year, but past years have had rodeos, Kimberley inspired artwork and the frantic ''Diamond Dig''.</do>
* <do name="Kununurra Agricultural Show" alt="" address="Showgrounds, Cnr Ivanhoe Rd and Coolabah Dr" directions="" phone="+61 8 9168 2885" url="http://www.kas.org.au/" hours="" price="Adults $15, children $5" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Held on a weekend in July each year, the ''Ag Show'' is a chance for local farmers to meet and see who has the biggest vegetable. It's a good insight into the local way of life, there are displays of prize cattle, local produce, preserves and homecrafts, plus competitive equestrian and lawnmower racing events.</do>
* <buy name="Kimberley Fine Diamonds" alt="" address="93 Konkerberry Dr" directions="" phone="+61 8 9169 1133" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.kimberleydiamonds.com.au" hours="" price="">If you have a bit of style and a pile of cash, a piece of hand crafted jewellery featuring rare Argyle Pink Diamonds could make a unique souvenir.</buy>
* <buy name="Zebra Rock Gallery" alt="" address="410 Packsaddle Rd" directions="" phone="+61 08 91681114" email="[email protected]om" fax="" url="http://www.zebrarock.biz" hours="8AM-5PM daily" price="">Lithophiles can find polished stone sculptures and jewellery in a myriad of shapes cut from a banded siltstone hyperbolically dubbed Zebra Rock by locals. The rock was discovered in 1927 and is claimed to be unique to the Kimberley. Some of the bowls, vases and geometric paper weights might look more interesting than the type of things you get at Ikea. The Gallery also stocks a good range of Kimberley books and guides about the Kimberley. At the workshop you can watch the sculptors at work and buy bags of assorted rock pieces to make your own creations. Make sure to buy a mango smoothie, talk to the birds and feed the fish at the jetty on the Ord.</buy>
* <buy name="Coles" alt="" address="Cnr Konkerberry &amp; Messmate Dr" directions="" phone="+61 8 9168 2711" url="" hours="6AM-8PM daily" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The usual range of products you would expect, plus some cheap-o camping and fishing equipment. Almost everything is trucked in frozen and then defrosted on the shelf, so freshness of products like bread can be sub-par. Staffed by some of the surliest check out chicks in the state.</buy>
* <buy name="Tucker Box IGA" alt="" address="191 1 White Gum St" directions="" phone="+61 8 9169 1270" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-Sa 6:30AM-7:30PM, Su 7:30AM-7:30PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Less slick looking than the other place, but they do have fresh vegetables and bread from local producersproducerse and are the only place in town that you can get Sindhiya SoapNuts, plus PLUS you get a friendly smile at the checkout.</buy>
==Eat==
Kununurra's isolation and distance from the capital cities haven't stopped it from having some pretty decent dining options. Most of the better eating is found at hotel restaurants where menus feature modern Australian cuisine, usually with a Kimberley style twist. Dishes made with crocodile, kangaroo and barramundi are prominent menu items and the odd '''bush tucker''' ingredient, such as ''boab chutney'', might also make it onto the plate.
Kununurra is surrounded by agriculture, so there's a steady supply of fresh, sometimes organic, vegetables and fruit throughout the year. The popular '''Kengsington Kensington Pride mangos''' come into season between September and December and are prized for their unique flavour.
There was a time when farms sold their produce from rickety wooden tables in front of their properties. Sadly, this doesn't seem to happen much nowadays. If you still like the idea of buying your food directly from the farmer, it might be worth driving around the farmlands on the towns outskirts and keeping an eye out for a hand painted sign propped up against a fence.
===Budget===
Good budget food is hard to find. If the fast food chains don't appeal, you may be better off heading to a supermarket and eating DIY.
* <eat name="BP Ord River Roadhouse" alt="" address="5 Messmate Way" directions="" phone="+61 8 9169 1188" email="" fax="" url="" hours="24 hoursdaily" price="$3-12" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">You may be asking how food from a petrol station could possibly be worth eating, but this place has decent home-made take away food that's consistently raved about by visitors and locals alike. If burgers and pies are too ignoble for your tastes, try some lasagne or beef stroganoff.</eat>
* <eat name="Kimberley Asian Cuisine Restaurant" alt="" address="75 Coolibah Dr" directions="" phone="+618 9169 3698" url="" hours="M-F 10AM-2PM, Sa-Su 5PM-10PM" price="$5-20" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Taking an influence from a mixed bag of Asian cuisines, their menu is a welcome variance in your dining options. The Asian-style dishes are not particularly authentic, but are nonetheless spicy in the right way.</eat>
* <eat name="Rumours Patisserie" alt="" address="4/64 Konkerberry Dr" directions="inside the shopping centre" phone="+61 8 9168 2071" email="" fax="" url="" hours="8AM-5PMdaily" price="$5-18" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Despite the fancy name, Rumours is more of a sandwiches and pies place that does a decent fry up breakfast that is a popular hangover cure. Freshly made burgers are of a hunger busting size and the cakes, slices and muffins taste like something your mum used to make. Avoid going there after 3PM, when school children descend like a flock of crows to eat the last sausage roll in the warmer.</eat>
===Mid-range===
* <eat name="The Durack Room Steakhouse/Sails Bar & amp; Bistro" alt="" address="50 Casuarina Way" directions="" phone="+61 8 9169 1092" email="" fax="" url="" hours="5PM-11PMdaily" price="Mains $22-35" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">These two restaurants operate at different times of the year from the same property. Carnivores will feel right at home at the steakhouse with an animal heavy menu and a decor that feels like you're in someone's lounge room. Sails has a large outdoor dining area and offers pretty standard breakfast, lunch and dinner fare. Steakhouse open Mar-Dec, Sails open May-Sep.</eat> * <eat name="Zebra Rock Bar & Restaurant" alt="" address="37 Messmate Way" directions="Located inside the Kununurra Hotel" phone="+61 8 9168 0400" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-Sa 10AM-midnight, Su noon-10PM" price="Mains $18-32">Keeping an Aussie theme right through to the menu, they serve up simple pasta, steak and seafood dishes, plus some genuine vegetarian options. Breakfast buffet and limited lunch dining are available on weekdays, but for a truly Australian feed, get to the $20 BBQ on Sundays.</eat> * <eat name="Zebra Rock Gallery Cafe" alt="" address="410 Packsaddle Rd" directions="" phone="+61 08 91681114" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.zebrarock.biz" hours="8AM-5PM daily" price="">Light meals. Fresh produce. Specialties of the house include (in season) Corned beef sandwiches, mango smoothies, mango fruit cake and mango cheese cake. Gluten-free morcels available. Garden setting by the river. Children's playground. Chill out under the mango trees by the river while you feed the fish at the jetty on the Ord.</eat>
 * <eat name="Zebra Rock Bar & RestaurantNew additions" alt="" address="37 Messmate Way" directions="" phone="+61 8 9168 0400" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-Sa 10AM-midnight, Su noon-10PM" price="Mains $18-32">Keeping an Aussie theme right through Choppys Chinese Restaurant on Konkerberry Dve provides excellent food and a half-price lunch menu. Valentines Pizza is close by. The Mango Tree (next to the menu, they serve up simple pasta, steak and seafood dishes, plus some genuine vegetarian optionsChoppys) on Konkerberry Dve. Breakfast buffet and limited lunch dining are available on weekdaysa restaurant, but that has been there for ever and a truly Australian feedday, get next to the $20 BBQ butchers close to the NAB bank.There is also a cheap eat restaurant associated with IGA. Ivanhoe Cafe is a good moderate eat, located on Sundays.Ivanhoe Rd at the top of the Town Centre Map near the “r” of “Crossing”</eat>
===Splurge===
* <eat name="The Argyle Room/The Grande Bistro" alt="" address="20 Victoria Highway" directions="" phone="+61 8 9193 8340" email="" fax="" url="" hours="7AM-11PM daily" price="Mains $30-42" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">An upmarket place that offers fine dining in the Argyle room and more casual bistro eats out in the courtyard. The menu, albeit limited, is spoken of by many in the same favourable terms as the service. Offering among the usual modern Australian dishes, a buffet, daily specials of local produce and wood fired pizzas. The buffet breakfast can be hit and miss - some days, you may get fresh pancakes and hot food and on others, a loaf of bread and a toaster.</eat>
* <eat name="Kelly's Bar and Grill" alt="" address="47 Coolibah Dr" directions="" phone="+61 8 9168 1024" url="" hours="9AM-11:30PM daily" price="Mains $28-38" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Popular with locals trying hard to emulate sophisticated city folk, the restaurant's cramped indoor seating area forces most diners to the tables on the spacious deck outside. The menu changes with the seasons and features local produce. The choices can be variable interestingness wise, but it's worth ignoring the usual run of the mill dishes and trying out a unique local style meal such ''barramundi and crocodile risotto''. They also have a decent selection of wine and fancy beer.</eat>
==Drink==
If there is one thing that Kununurra residents do well &ndash; , it's drink. As with food, the better drinking holes are in hotel restaurant bars, most of which are are licensed to allow you drink without purchasing a meal. Any establishment with the word ''bar'' in the name is a safe bet. Though the usual street drinking laws are still enforced, you are unlikely to be hassled by the local constabulary if you are having a quiet one while lounging on a rock with a good view.
Occasionally, bottle shops are prohibited to sell full strength beer, wine and spirits till after 7PM, whenever the local police deem that a community event will be marred by availability of booze during the day. Though it might feel like a ridiculous inconvenience, there's no point complaining to the bottle shop staff. Just come back after 7 7PM like everyone else.
The rest of the time there are plenty of ways to get something cold and numbing to slake your thirst.
* <drink name="Hoochery Distillery" alt="" address="300 Weaber Plain Rd" directions="" phone="+61 8 9168 2467" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.hoochery.com.au/" hours="M-F 9AM-4PM, Sa 9AM-noon" price="$49-135 per bottle, $10 for a tour" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">The oldest continuously operating rum distillery in Western Australia, the Hoochery uses local cane sugar to make some pretty potent booze. Though it is aged in oak barrels, it's still a harsh gulp, but the high alcohol percentage (up to 70%) hits in the right way. Lunch is served from 12noon until 2pm daily and home made cakes with various 'rum' flavourings are also available, although a bit pricey for the sliver received. Tours of the distilling operations run twice a day.</drink>
* <drink name="Liquorland" alt="" address="Lot 2252 Konkerberry Dr" directions="attached to Coles supermarket" phone="+61 8 9168 3723" url="" hours="12AM-7PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Stocks a limited selection of WA wines, imported beers and the most popular spirits. Their walk in freezer is a nice place to browse the aisles on a hot day.</drink>
* <drink name="Thirsty Camel Bottle-O" alt="" address="Messmate Way" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="F-Sa 10AM-12PM, Su-Th 10AM-11PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Past the mountains of domestic beer and premixed drinks stacked inside the door is a decent selection of wine, imported beer and spirits. A drive-thru service is also available if you know what you want and are reluctant to leave your cars car's air-conditioning.</drink>
===Bars===
* <drink name="Aussie Bar" alt="" address="37 Messmate Way" directions="inside Hotel Kununurra" phone="+61 8 9168 0400" url="" hours="6PM–10PM daily" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A kitschy Aussie themed place with a corrugated iron bar and other rustic paraphernalia on the walls. Beer aficionados would be well advised to try one of ales from Matso's Brewery of Broome they have on tap. A band or DJ provide the tunes on Fridays or you can belt one out yourself at Karaoke on Wednesday.</drink>
* <drink name="Gulliver's Tavern" alt="" address="196 Cottontree Avenue" directions="" phone="+61 8 91681666" url="" hours="W-Su 6PM–10PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A nice place to hangout in the courtyard with some of the less haggard looking locals. They can fill up a pint mug with a half a dozen beers on tap or give you a bottle of something more boutique. Some patrons have spoken speak effusively about the friendliness of the bar staff.</drink>
* <drink name="KG Sports Bar" alt="" address="20 Victoria Hwy" directions="" phone="+61 8 9166 5600" url="" hours="12AMnoon-11PM daily" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A weirdly minimal styled interior with boxy wooden tables and tree trunk stools. Of course, the big attraction here is the huge TV surrounded by glazed eyed males, glued to the cable sport channel while sipping on one of the wide range of ales the bar has on tap. You might want to bring a cushion for those hard wood seats if you plan on staying till the final whistle.</drink>
===Coffee===
* <drink name="Boab Bookshop Kimberley Cafe" alt="" address="4 Papuana St" directions="" phone="+61 8 9169 2574" url="" hours="M-F 7:30AM-5PM, Sa 7:30AM-2PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This is about as sophisticated as it gets here, with fresh coffee, tea, cakes and a limited menu of light meals. The coffee is nothing special, but great so if you need something with more kick than the free instant coffee in your hotel, this place might be your best option.</drink>
==Sleep==
===Budget===
* <sleep name="Discovery Holiday Parks - Lake Kununurra" alt="" address="Lake Kununurra" directions="" phone="+61 8 9168 1031" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/wa/east_kimberley/lake_kununurra" checkin="" checkout="" price="Camping sites From $35, Standard Cabins from $169 and Deluxe Cabins from $269 "> Discovery Holiday Parks - Lake Kununurra is the only park situated on the lake itself and is set on over 10 acres of Australian bush. There is an abundance of wildlife around the park as well as plenty of in-park facilities such as swimming pools, camp kitchen,BBQ's and boat hire. The relaxed waterfront setting offers a real holiday freedom.</sleep> * <sleep name="Ivanhoe Village Caravan Resort" alt="" address="Cnr Coolibah and Ivanhoe Rd" directions="" phone="+61 8 9169 1995" url="http://www.ivanhoevillageresort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Powered site $3033-3638, cabin $10580-210240" lat="" long="" email="big4kununurrareservations@westnetivanhoevillageresort.com.au" fax="+61 8 9169 1985">On the outer edge of town, this oldie caravan park and campground has numerous camp sites that spread to the local football oval to meet demand in the peak season. The ''Barra cabins'' feel a bit rudimentary are basic but clean and comfortable for the price, but the two bedroom ''Ivanhoe Suites'' look like a bargain if you bring friends.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Kimberley Croc YHA" alt="" address="120 Konkerberry Dr" directions="" phone="+61 8 9168 2702 or in Australia 1300 136 702" url="http://www.kimberleycroc.com.au" checkin="" checkout="" price="High season rates are given. It's a few dollars less in the low season. 8 bed dm: $28; 4 bed dm: $30; Dbl: $95; Dbl with bath: $110" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Bang in the middle of town, 600m away from the Greyhound bus stop, this hostel is the best of the backpacker options. It has everything you expect, plus a pool and a nice communal kitchen. Pickups from bus station or airport can be arranged in advance.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Kununurra Town Caravan Park" alt="" address="40 Bloodwood Dr" directions="" phone="+61 8 9168 1763" url="http://www.townpark.com.au" checkin="2PM" checkout="10AM" price="Powered site: $26, Villa: $115" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Hidden away in town are shady grassed caravan/tent sites and air-conditioned studio or villa rooms. Facilities to make use of include the shaded swimming pool, plentiful hot water showers, internet and a campers kitchen with possibly the cleanest BBQ in the entire top end.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Lakeview Apartments" alt="" address="224 31 Victoria Hwy" directions="" phone="+61 8 9168 0000" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.lakeviewapartments.net/" checkin="2PM" checkout="10AM" price="$200-300380" lat="15° 46' 55.30'' S" long="128° 44' 16.21'' E" email="[email protected]" fax="">Domesticated couples and families or big groups business travellers might find these 1-3 bedroom self contained apartments suitable to their style. The rooms surround a shaded swimming pool with spa next to a BBQ area. Guests have been impressed by the friendly owners helpfulness.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Lakeside Resort" alt="" address="50 Casuarina Way" directions="" phone="+61 8 9169 1092" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.lakeside.com.au" checkin="" checkout="" price="$160-180">What the rooms lack in style, they make up for in views. Though it's right on the edge of Lake Kununurra, it is nonetheless somewhat inconveniently located in a residential area, a lengthy walk from the useful part of town.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Country Club Plaza Resort" alt="" address="47 Coolibah Dr" directions="" phone="+61 8 9168 1024; 1800 808 999" url="http://www.kununurracountryclub.com.au" checkin="" checkout="" price="$194-216, cheaper weekly rates" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">A fairly upmarket place, but the quality doesn't quite match the premium price. Modern rooms scattered through a tropical garden with a pool and popular but overrated restaurant. A courtesy bus can take you to/from the bus station or airport if you arrange in advance.</sleep>
* <sleep name="The Kimberley Grande" alt="" address="20 Victoria Hwy" directions="" phone="+61 8 9166 5600" url="httphttps://www.thekimberleygrandekimberleygrande.com.au/" checkin="3PM" checkout="11AM" price="$150-280" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]thekimberleygrandekimberleygrande.com.au" fax="+61 8 9169 1172">This is about as upmarket as Kununurra can offer. But the large modern rooms have enough style to satiate your expectations if you want some luxury to take refuge in after a day in the sun.</sleep>
==Contact==
'''Mobile phone coverage''' can be sketchy. The Telstra, Optus and Vodafone networks have a good signal within town, becoming variable to non-existent the further away you get. Other networks are hit and miss, but those with 3G/NextG phones might have more luck.
 
If you intend to spend any amount of time off the beaten track, it is advisable to rent a satellite phone to call for emergency services should anything happen.
===Internet===
==Get out==
*[[Purnululu National Park]] (Bungle Bungle Range) &mdash; a striking jumble of striped sandstone domes that truly deserves to be described as a ''must see''. Although scenic flights from Kununurra are popular, Purnululu is really best appreciated from ground level. *[[Darwin]] &mdash; Route 1 continues eastwards from Kununurra into the [[Northern Territory]], passing through Gregory National Park and [[Katherine]] before reaching Darwin after about 800km.
*[[WarmunDarwin]] (Turkey Creek) &mdash; an Aboriginal community around 200km south of — Route 1 continues eastwards from Kununurra. Besides being an entry point to into the Purnululu [[Northern Territory]], passing through Gregory National Park, it also has a long standing arts scene that's produced a number of internationally recognised Aboriginal Artists. A roadhouse, caravan park and basic hotel accommodation are enough to rest and refuel[[Katherine]] before reaching Darwin after about 800km.
*[[WyndhamWarmun]] &mdash; the oldest and most northerly town in the Kimberley. Wyndham is about 100km from (Turkey Creek) — an Aboriginal community around 200km south of Kununurra and sits in the Cambridge Gulf at the confluence of 5 rivers. Among Besides being an entry point to the desolate natural scenery are Purnululu National Park, it also has a long standing arts scene that's produced a number of interesting relics from the towns boom internationally recognised Aboriginal Artists. A roadhouse, caravan park and basic hotel accommodation are enough to rest and bust historyrefuel.
{{Starnomination}}{{Guidecity}}{{Cityguide}}*[[Wyndham]] — the oldest and most northerly town in the Kimberley. Wyndham is about 100km from Kununurra and sits in the Cambridge Gulf at the confluence of five rivers. Among the desolate natural scenery are a number of interesting relics from the towns boom and bust history.
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