The Kimberley Grande
20 Victoria Highway
Kununurra WA 6743
Ph: (08) 9166 5688
Fax: (08) 9166 5699
The Kimberley Grande is situated at 20 Victoria Highway, Kununurra, located only 2.5km from Kununurra Airport and two minutes from the town centre (by car). The Kimberley Grande offers luxury hotels and accommodation in one of Australia’s harshest and most beautiful cities, Kununurra.
Kununurra is located in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, just 60 km from the Northern Territory border. Kununurra is 1057km east of Broome and 3200km north of Perth.
Kununurra WA is untamed and adventurous and the gateway to some of Western Australia’s remarkable natural attractions. With sizzling red soil, wide open blue skies and rugged bush scenery, this place will enliven your senses. Well located about a three hour flight north of Perth, it’s the gateway to the East Kimberley
Visit Purnululu National Park and Bungle Bungle range, Lake Argyle, Mitchell Plateau, Ord River and Argyle Diamond Mine. This off road track journeys through a landscape of gorges, waterfalls and cattle stations the size of small European countries. Although Kununurra is a fairly young town, it sits on an ancient landscape where early Aboriginal tribes roamed. In fact, the word Kununurra means ‘big water’ in the language of Aboriginal locals.
The irrigation scheme has created a permanent waterway out of a series of waterholes. Lake Kununurra is a year-round playground for water sports enthusiasts.Lake Argyle is so vast it’s rated as an inland sea. Explore the wetlands packed with bird life by cruise and canoe.
Watch the sunset at Kelly’s Knob Lookout, the highest point in Kununurra, take a picnic and explore 600 million year old Zebra Rock, in the wet season, a local favourite swimming hole is Black Rock Falls.
Minerals in the water have stained the 30 metre cliff face a dramatic black colour, creating an incredible spectacle. Mirima National Park, known by locals as ‘Hidden Valley,’ is a short drive from town, packed with unusual rock formations in dramatic colours and shapes, providing fantastic photo opportunities.
How to get to Kununurra
Qantas, Air North and Virgin Australia run daily commercial flights into Kununurra from all major Australian cities via Darwin, Broome or Perth.
If you’re looking to charter a plane then airline charters are available from almost anywhere in Australia with the most accessible, and common, carriers to the Kimberley located in Darwin, Broome and Ayers Rock.
Taxis: Taxi Services Kununurra phone 131 008
Kununurra is a mere 30km from the Northern Territory border, but a long way from anywhere else. The drive over vast distances, through some very isolated country to get there should not be taken lightly, though with a bit of forward planning the getting there can be a great trip in itself.
The easy way is on the Great Northern Highway, taking about two days to cover the 1,044 km. The good sealed road passes through a few small towns and sights. The more interesting, but harder way, is via the Gibb River Road, taking at least seven days to drive over it’s 650km length. The Gibb is an unsealed 4WD only track across the Kimberleys northern parts, passing many gorges, waterfalls and generally beautiful country. It is prone to flooding in the wet season and may be closed entirely. Check with the tourist bureau before setting out.
The sealed Stuart Highway runs 324km south from Darwin to Katherine. From Katherine, you can turn right and drive the final 524km stretch on the Victoria Highway to Kununurra.
Climate and Clothing
April is at the end of the wet season in Kununurra and the average temperature in this season ranges from 21 – 35 degrees. The East Kimberley is very much laid back and casual so you will need to pack cool casual clothing to suit. There are a variety of restaurants and eating houses that require neat casual attire so pack appropriate clothes just in case you wish to dine out for a special occasion. Evenings get a little cool so pack a light jumper, pullover or coat.
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