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Kununurra Holidays Overview
Kununurra is 3247 km north of Perth, 1057 km east of Broome, 834 km from Darwin, and is only 37 km from the Northern Territory border. Kununurra was not established until 1958, when the Ord River was dammed to provide an irrigation system for 75000 hectares of land.
Anyone who has seen the home grown movie "Australia" will be able to visualise the landscape around this town, as the local area featured heavily in the movie. (Think lots of red dirt, towering colourful cliffs, waterfalls, and tropical birds.) Kununurra is really in the outback and is a stepping stone to both the Kimberley and the Northern Territory. The weather in this part of Australia ranges from warm to hot, and dry to extremely humid. The wet season starts in December, and the cyclone season runs from December through to April. The dry season runs from late May to October. The best weather is in winter when the temperatures come out of the high 30's and low 40's and drop to a pleasant mid twenties.
The farming area around Kununurra produces crops of bananas, cotton, melons, mangoes, and sugar cane. Tourism plays a large part in the town's economy. There are plenty of activities for the visitor including fishing, boat cruises, caving and abseiling, canoeing, 4 wheel driving, hiking, natural wonders, and Aboriginal art.
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holidays - Top Events
Ord Valley Muster is a 2 week festival held each May which drives the population to well over 12 000. More than 50 different events are run including concerts, street parties, diamond digs, and rodeos. This festival is a community celebration designed to showcase the East Kimberley area's majestic landscape and diverse cultures. For many the highlight of the Ord Valley Muster is the Airnorth Kimberley Moon Experience which is a fantastic concert performed on the Ord River banks.
The Great Toad Muster runs for about 1 month through September and October. This is an ideal way to score free food, accommodation and travel, while helping to round up those environmental vandals, the cane toad. The Stop the Toad Foundation has introduced the Great Toad Muster in a bid to eliminate the cane toads migrating towards Western Australia. If you are going to be anywhere near Kununurra around this time you can volunteer your services and be eligible for travel, board and food. Volunteers for the Great Toad Muster are provided with training and equipment.
URL: http://www.stopthetoad.org.au/main/muster.php -
holidays - How to Get There
Flights There are direct flights between Broome and Darwin every day. Air North has 1 flight daily to both Broome and Darwin from Kununurra. Skywest provides 1 flight daily between Broome and Kununurra.