(Kununurra and Kimberley)
Tours are booked through the Kununurra Visitor Centre
Kununurra is situated in the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley (www.swek.wa.gov.au) North West Australia and covers an area of 121,000 square kilometres (about 2 ½ times the size of Tasmania and half the area of Victoria). Geographically we are much closer to Asia than we are to some capital cities in Australia.
Kununurra is the service town and main attraction in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA), the irrigation area formed by the damming of the Ord River by the construction of the Diversion Dam in 1959-1963 to hold back the waters of Lake Kununurra (90 million mega litres storage) and the Main Ord Dam in 1969-1972 to form Lake Argyle capable of holding some 10,700 million mega litres of water. Lake Argyle can contain a volume of up to 35 times the volume of water in Sydney Harbour. (Maximum design level will allow up to 53 times the volume of Sydney Harbour before concern is raised)
The ORIA- ORD Stage1, covers an area of 14,400 ha growing crops including sandalwood, maize, sorghum, sunflower, mangoes, GM cotton, cucurbits, bananas, citrus and other specialised crops.
Work commenced on ORD-Stage 2 development in 2010 and sees farming on leasehold land by Kimberley Agricultural Investments, the Australian arm of Shanghai Zhongfu and the freehold land of the MG Corporation. Stage 2 encompasses approximately 13,800 ha. Crops grown here include maize, sorghum, GM cotton and other grain crops. Specialised crops such as hybrid seed is grown on both Stage 1 and 2.
Stage 3 across the border in the NT will see more development, still part of the ORIA, as soon as various Native Title issues are resolved.
We pride ourselves on making certain that you, our visitor, leaves the area wanting to return for another look
Tour Guide ~ Keith Wright
Keith has lived and worked in the area since 1969.
He knows the tour areas intimately and has vast experience in the Wyndham, Kununurra and the NT areas.
Our organisation is small enough to be able to create a tour to fit your requirements, but large enough to provide the service you expect to give you a great tour.
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