Once a port of entry for miners making their way to Western Australia’s first goldrush at Halls Creek‚ Derby today is the administrative centre for a rich pastoral and mining hinterland. It is known for having the highest tidal range in Australia - sometimes up to eleven metres.
Derby is the gateway to the great gorges of the Napier and Leopold Ranges‚ and the closest embarkation point for the islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Recreational fishing is well catered for with barramundi in the Fitzroy River. Derby is home to the state's longest-running town festival‚ the Boab Festival. Worth a look is the Boab Prison Tree‚ located four kilometres south of town; the centre of this particularly bloated tree is hollow and is reputed to have been used as a cell to hold prisoners overnight before the final stage of their journey into Derby.