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Explore Flora & Fauna of Kununurra

The town of Kununurra is the gateway to the Eastern Kimberley making is an ideal base for anyone wishing to get around the region. The town sits by Lake Kununurra and is fed by the Ord River.

One can sail, picnic or go wildlife spotting at Lake Kununurra and the the Diversion Dam is also an excellent spot for fishing or a picnic. For a terrific view of the area head for Kelly's Knob Lookout, approx 2 km north of Kununurra.

A must visit is the Mirima National Park (aka Hidden Valley National Park). There are spectacular rock formations, walking trails and look out for native animals i.e. dingoes, wallabies, short-eared rock wallabies, echidnas, frogs, tortoises, geckoes, goannas, snakes and more.

Walking trails and camping areas are provided in most parks and visitor fees and camping fees may apply - these are listed below:

PARK ENTRY FEE CAMPING FEE
Mirima Yes No Camping
Purnululu Yes Yes
Mitchell River Yes Yes
Windjana Gorge Yes Yes
Tunnel Creek No No Camping
Bell Creek and Silent Grove Yes Yes
Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve No No Camping

Take a guided tour to visit the Argyle Diamond Mine - one of the world's most successful diamond mines, producing more than a third of the world's supply. Highlights include viewing platform to take in the scope of the mine, a guided drive through the processing plant, and a visit to the viewing room, with its display of rough and polished diamonds.

The Bungle Bungle Range is renowned for its striking sandstone domes, tiger-striped, beehive-shaped sandstone domes rising 300m out of the arid landscape. Purnululu is the name given to the sandstone area by Aboriginal people and covers an area of almost 240,000 hectares.

Cathedral Gorge is a spacious cavern rising high into the sky that will make anything insignificant for that moment in time. The walking tracks at Echidna Chasm run for 1.5 to 3km long and make for an interesting hike along a narrow gorge quite different to the other side.

A scenic flight is the best way to gain a perspective of its massive size. However, the venture in by 4WD rental is also well worth the effort. The access road is only 55 km long but takes some 3 hours to travel in reasonable conditions. The access road to the Bungles is unsealed and is only suitable for large 4WD vehicles.

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