Located in the far north-east of the State‚ Kununurra was built on the shores of Lake Kununurra in 1963 as the administrative centre for the huge Ord River Irrigation Project. The project harnesses the rivers of the Kimberley in order to irrigate a variety of crops in this otherwise irregularly watered region. Kununurra is truly remote‚ the nearest city being Darwin 855km north-east‚ but distance is no barrier to the many tourists who come to this colourful region.
Kununurra is the major centre for the Argyle Diamond Mine‚ the largest in the world. Argyle diamonds can be purchased in town and visitors are able to tour the mine facility. Other attractions include the ancient rock formations of Hidden Valley (Mirima) National Park‚ sometimes referred to as the ‘mini Bungles’‚ located on the edge of Kununurra; and Kellys Knob‚ the highest point in town‚ which offers excellent views of the Ord Valley‚ Lake Kununurra and extraordinary sunsets.