The last sizeable stop before reaching the Western Australia and Northern Territory border is Kununurra. This is a relatively new town, put on the map in the 1960’s to create and support the massive Ord River Irrigation Scheme. Lake Argyle is the biggest man made water body in Australia.
Great Stuff Awaits Here
There is lots of great stuff to do in this region. The three day canoeing trip down the Ord River from Lake Argyle back to Kununurra is one example. You will love the fantastic scenery, cute little crocs (harmless ‘freshies’), waterholes and aboriginal rock art. Ask about it at the Kununurra Visitor Centre (ph: 08 9168 1177). There are several waterholes that are safe for swimming and close to town. However, ask the locals or the visitor centre first because you are right in the middle of crocodile country. If you are really worried, use the town’s lush swimming pool.
There’s lots of fruit picking work in Kununurra Western Australia, with the main season between May and November. The produce is mainly mangoes and melons, and many of the farms arrange transport and accommodation. So, it’s a good place to stock up on cash for your next adventure. There are two well equipped backpacker hostels in town and several caravan parks.
EI Questro Is a Must-Visit
Make sure you get to El Questro – WA’s million acre wilderness park – while in the region; its gorgeous gorges offer a true station atmosphere, bush entertainment and accommodation from camping through to 5 star. Good value day tours are available from Kununurra.