The town of Kununura is the perfect destination for visitors looking for a more laid back lifestyle and a close encounter with nature. This isolated town in the north of Western Australia offers an authentic journey into the Australian outback. Although it is one of the largest towns in the region, its unique location offers plenty of opportunity for discovering local historical, cultural and natural wonders. Surrounded by lakes, wetlands, hills and valleys, visitors can explore picturesque areas of natural beauty, such as Lake Kununurra and Lily Creek Lagoon on the southern side. If you want to really explore the area’s best treasures, you have to venture out of town to discover the surrounding landscape. On the town’s doorstep is Hidden Valley National Park, where you can find examples of rock art by local indigenous people and sandstone features dating back 350 million years. Several trails lead through the park offering spectacular views over the town. To the south, Lake Argyle is a huge artificial lake that is home to various fish species and saltwater crocodiles. Further south lies Purnululu National Park, a World Heritage Site, also known as the Bungle Bungle Range, famous for its unique beehive shaped rock formations. Closer to town, Carlton Ridge, known as the “Sleeping Buddha” is worth a climb and is rewarded by a spectacular view of the area. If you prefer to potter around the town, you can find unique works of art by local Aboriginal artists in the Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery.
Temperatures in Kununurra are incredibly hot throughout the year, but days are slightly cooler between June and July. Most tourists visit the area between April and September during the dry season, with August being best month for avoiding the rain.
From April to September the town sees a boost in tourism, making it a busy time of the year. If you want to visit in the wet season, between January and March, you will find that temperatures are still high, but accommodation is generally cheaper.
Kununurra is a relatively small town, so it is easy to traverse on foot. There is no local bus service, so if you want to tour the outlying area you must hire a car or book a tour. Several car rental companies are situated within the town. There are daily bus services to other Australian towns, including Broome and Darwin, but the transfer can take several hours.