Situated on King Sound, 220 kilometres northeast of Broome, Derby in Western Australia (WA) was the first town to be settled in the Kimberley. Long before the early settlers, Derby was home to several Indigenous language groups.
Its wide streets, lined with boab trees, were originally built to allow bullock teams in Derby to turn easily. Follow the Derby Pastoral Trail to the Derby Wharf, or visit the Wharfinger House Museum, Pioneer Cemetery and the Old Derby Gaol for a taste of pioneering history. Try your hand at fishing or take in a sunset from the jetty.
Attractions to seek out also include the Mowanjum Art Centre, the ancient Boab Prison Tree,or enjoy the Joonjoo Botanical Trail and Pigeon Heritage Trail.
A visit to Derby in WA is not complete without seeing high and low tides at the Derby Wharf – at up to 12 metres they’re the highest in the southern hemisphere. The outlying mangroves attract over 210 bird species including migratory waders, and you can explore the surrounding natural bush land.
Buccaneer Archipelago and Horizontal Falls
Derby in WA is the closest access point to the Buccaneer Archipelago – a group of around 1,000 beautifully rugged islands. Take a 30 minute light aircraft flight or join a boat cruise and explore their secluded beaches, lush rainforests, pearl farms and fringing mangroves surrounded by turquoise water.
The Horizontal Waterfalls, where the massive tides of the Kimberley squeeze through two narrowly aligned cliffs in Talbot Bay, is one of the more spectacular points of interest, and can be accessed by aircraft as well as by sea.
Your Gateway to Outback Adventure
Derby is also the western gateway to your outback adventure along the Gibb River Road. Just a few hours in a four-wheel drive will bring you to the stunning Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek, wilderness retreats, station stays and waterways where you can try Barramundi fishing.
For more information about Derby in WA and the Buccaneer Archipelago, including tours and accommodation, contact Derby Visitor Centre.