Arrive at Kununurra, the eastern gateway to the Kimberley and check into your choice of accommodation - from hotels and motels to self-contained apartments, caravan parks with cabins and backpackers, you'll find accommodation to suit your needs.
Late afternoon, take a cruise on beautiful Lake Kununurra and enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner as you watch the sunset, or simply take a stroll or bring a picnic along to the shores of Lake Kununurra and Lily Creek Lagoon to enjoy the changing colours of the lake, and Elephant Rock (AKA 'The Sleeping Buddha') across the water.
2. Ord River
Time to explore one of the most significant waterways in Australia, the second-largest by flow volume. Discover the changing landscapes, see native flora and fauna, and enjoy a riverside lunch or afternoon tea on a leisurely 55km cruise with Triple J Tours, or for something a little different have a 1, 2 or 3 day canoe adventure along the Ord.
If you are keen to cast a line and chase the elusive Barramundi, there are lots of popular fishing spots - contact the Kununurra Visitor Centre for local advice and the chance to book a guided fishing tour.
3. Lake Argyle
So big it's classified as an inland sea, there's lots to explore at Lake Argyle! Take a 75km drive through some incredibly beautiful scenery to explore at your leisure, and check-in at Lake Argyle Resort & Campground, where you'll find shady camp and caravan sites, cabins and lake view villas. Choose your adventure on the lake - there are sunset, fishing and birdwatching cruises to choose from, as well as the opportunity to hire dinghies, BBQ pontoons, kayaks and SUP boards. See more to do at Lake Argyle here.
If your time is limited, how about viewing this vast lake from the air? Take off from Kununurra by helicopter or seaplane for an incredible aerial view, and the chance to land on the waters of the lake for an island experience - maybe even sunset!
4. Tour the Kimberley icons
From Kununurra, it's easy to visit some of the Kimberley's iconic attractions - hop on a plane, helicopter or 4WD tour for a hassle-free way to explore.
Take a scenic flight to the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range), with options to land and explore this amazing park with a local guide. Your return flights take you over the Argyle Diamond Mine site -now closed after almost 40 years of production, it was the world's largest source of rare pink diamonds. Alternatively, join a scenic flight over the Kimberley Coast and the Mitchell Falls, with options to land and hike to the falls, to stay overnight nearby and to visit Kalumburu for a cultural tour
Extend your trip: You can also book an overnight package to the Bungles - fly from Kununurra, enjoy walking tours and stay overnight (or longer!) in the park at one of the safari camps.
5. Day trip to Wyndham
Just over 100km from Kununurra, the drive to the historic port town of Wyndham will surround you stunning views with some of Australia's best scenery. If you travel along the Great Northern Highway, make time to stop at Molly Springs and the Grotto for a swim, and you'll pass by the turnoff to the Gibb River Road about 40km from Kununurra. In Wyndham, don't miss the views from the Five Rivers Lookout, and travel a little out of town on the King River Road to the Moochalabra Dam (4WD).
Loop back along the unsealed Parry Creek Road for some croc and bird-spotting at Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve for some croc and bird-spotting? You can also stay overnight at Parry Creek Farm Tourist Resort and Caravan Park. More on day trips to Wyndham.
Take the Ivanhoe Road to reach the famous Ivanhoe Crossing. Alternatively, you can access to the opposite side of the crossing via the Victoria Highway (travelling in the direction of Wyndham), turning off the highway to follow signage to Valentine Springs, Black Rock Falls and Middle Springs along the way.
To explore the Ord River Irrigation Area, take the Weaber Plains Road to see vast crop fields and the gravity fed irrigation channels - tours from Kununurra are also available. You'll want to stop off for a tasting at the award-winning rum distillery and to try the skincare ranges with locally produced sandalwood nut oil and protein.
If you're feeling energetic, wander through the ancient rock formations at Hidden Valley Mirima National Park. Nearby, the spectacular artworks at Waringarri Aboriginal Arts are a must-do - you can also join them for a guided art trail walk, and visit to Mirima National Park. For a spectacular sunset, leave some energy for the walk up to Kelly's Knob.
Much of the accommodation Kununurra has to offer promises more than just a comfy bed for the night. Many have spectacular settings where wildlife abounds. You’ll find four-star resorts, self-contained apartments and backpacker accommodation in Kununurra itself, as well as a selection of caravan parks for those travelling with their own van in tow. And beyond the town, vast homesteads and luxury wilderness retreats offer a real taste of outback adventure.
Hotels and Resorts
Self-Contained Accommodation in Kununurra
Kununurra Caravan Parks
Accommodation outside Kununurra
With air-conditioned dorm style accommodation, Kununurra Backpackers offers a relaxed "home-away-from-home" atmosphere for travellers. Relax in the large garden areas, enjoy the swimming pool and cooking the communal kitchen and BBQ areas.