Kununurra is a fairly modern town, coming into existence in the 1960s to serve as a base for the Ord River irrigation project. The town is now a modern regional centre for the surrounding farming regions and a popular spot with travellers as a base for exploring the Bungle Bungles, Hidden Valley and Lake Argyle.
Mirima (Hidden Valley) National Park is the most accessible of the national parks – you can even walk here from the centre of town. This park offers similar features to the Bungle Bungles for a fraction of the cost. There are several short walks in this park that make it an ideal daytrip from Kununurra.
Created in the 1970s as part of the Ord River Irrigation Project, the massive Lake Argyle is worth a visit. Located 35km south of town, Lake Argyle offers cruises, canoeing and camping.
The surrounding area is very fertile and there is plenty of work on farms (Jun-Nov) and you may be able to arrange some of this through the local hostels.
Avoid swimming around here, the rivers and lakes in this region are home to saltwater crocodiles.