13 of the Best Kununurra Sunset Locations

We picked 13 of the Best for you. 

So you’ve embarked on a Kimberley adventure and found yourself settled into the East Kimberley town of Kununurra.

You already know that the best time of day really is sunset (with a cold drink) overlooking red rocks, beautiful waterways and ancient boabs.  

Let’s run through the pretty awesome Sunset locations in and around Kununurra, most of them are free.

  1. Kelly’s Knob – Thegoowiyeng
  2. Mirima National Park – Mirima
  3. The NEW Diversion Dam Lookout – Darram
  4. Ivanhoe Crossing
  5. ANZAC Hill
  6. The Bastion, Wyndham
  7. The Lost City
  8. Kununurra Sunset Cruise
  9. The Pumphouse Bar and Restaurant
  10. Celebrity Tree Park Boat Jetty
  11. Kimberleyland Foreshore overlooking Sleeping Buddha (Thethebeleng)
  12. Lake Argyle Infinity Pool
  13. Top Dam

1. Kelly’s Knob – Thegoowiyeng

Kelly's Knob Kununurra

Simply the most popular Sunset Spot in Kununurra, it’s the highest point at which to take in the 360 degree views. It’s only 1km from the Town Centre located down Speargrass Road, up Kelly’s Road. Park at the top car park and you can either walk up to the immediate lookout or if you’re eager, take a steep 15 minute hike up the knob for the most spectacular views. Don’t forget your water bottle, camera and torch. 

Cost: Free

Time: Allocate yourself about an hour

2WD accessible.

2. Mirima National Park 

Hike Mirima Kununurra

Hands down the most over-looked place in Kununurra. Also tucked away just a kilometre or two from the town centre, it’s also known as the ‘Mini Bungle Bungles’. Surrounded by stunning rock amphitheatres, cultural imperative signage, rock wallabies, bush tucker, a 1000 year old boab tree, a wet-season waterfall and four Walking Trails. The Gerilwany-gerring Banan Trail is a 2.2km return walk including two lookouts and it’s recommended you allocate one hour to the walk.

Cost: We recommend you get a WA National Parks pass

Time: Allocate yourself about an hour

2WD accessible

3. The NEW Diversion Dam Lookout  (Darram) 

Diversion Dam Lookout Kununurra

Constructed in late 2020, the new Diversion Dam lookout is a great place to look at the 20-gate Ord Irrigation concrete and spillway structure. Just 6km from town, the lookout includes picnic tables. The viewing point can be accessed from the lower-west entry point off Victoria Highway. 

Cost: Free

Time: Allocate yourself about three quarters of an hour

2WD accessible

4. Ivanhoe Crossing

Ivanhoe Crossing, Kununurra

There is an uplifting energy at Ivanhoe Crossing, a very powerful feeling. With huge amounts of water cascading over the original lower Ord causeway, the roar of the thundering water takes your breath and mind away. Unlike Swim Beach, there are Saltwater Crocodiles at this crossing. Not nearly what you would see at Cahill’s Crossing in the Northern Territory but they are there. There’s plenty of Barra for good Fishermen and women. Located approximately 10km from Kununurra, it’s an interesting 10 minute drive through Ord Valley farming paddocks.

Cost: Free

Time: If you’re keen for a fish or an explore, a couple of hours before sunset.

2WD accessible although crossing the causeway is for 4WD only

5. ANZAC Hill

ANZAC hill is located 7km from Kununurra. The drive itself is beautiful as you pass over the Diversion Dam bridge and the Dunham River bridge. The entry point is a little dangerous being the top of a curved road up a hill, so exercise caution as you enter and exit the lookout.

Anzac Hill gives you sweeping views over the Ord Valley. You may recognise it from the Multi Award Winning TV Series, “Mystery Roads”.

Cost: Free

Time: Allocate yourself about three quarters of an hour

2WD is possible but not recommended

6. The Bastion, Wyndham

The Bastion, Wyndham by Landi Bradshaw Photography

Image Kindly shared by Landi Bradshaw Photography with permission 

No, it’s not in Kununurra but in fact one hour’s drive away. However, we simply could not leave it off the list. If you head to Wyndham to have a poke around the amazing Historical Museum, the big croc monument, the Aboriginal Statues, the Port Jetty, the Crocodile Pie at the bakery then you simply cannot up and leave without staying for a Bastion sunset. It’s a steep climb up the mountain, there are BBQ facilities up the top but the view is the absolute highlight.

Cost: Free (fuel to Wyndham, 100km away)

Time: Give yourself at least an hour

2WD is possible, it’s quite steep though so it’ll need some guts and power

7. The Lost City

Kununurra Mystery Locations

The Lost City, every region has a lost city don’t they? Well, Kununurra has several. Am I going to write up their exact locations? Nah, you’ll have to ask a local!

8. Kununurra Sunset Cruise

Kununurra Cruises Sunset BBQ Dinner

Lake Kununurra + Gourmet BBQ Dinner + Sunset Boat Cruise = Awesome! This really is one of the most remarkable sunset experiences you can have in Kununurra.

Cost: Adult $97 Senior $92 Child (3-15 Years) $67 Family Rate $198 (2A, 2C)

Time: Pick up around 3pm, 615pm drop off. No vehicle required.

9. The Pumphouse Bar and Restaurant

Pumphouse Bar and Restaurant

A visit to the Pumphouse Bar and Restaurant is a MUST! The venue itself is the original Pumping Station from the Durack Pioneering Farming era and has been wonderfully restored. Sitting directly over Lake Kununurra, you can enjoy a cocktail while the sun sets, catch a float plane landing, check out the locals water skiing, enjoy a dinner and then later on in the evening the resident Freshwater Crocodile ‘Luigi’ appears for a friendly visit. Located about 4km from the Town Centre.

Cost: POA

Time: Opens from 430pm for evening service.

2WD Accessible

10. Celebrity Tree Park Boat Jetty

A beautiful place to catch a sunset on the water is the Celebrity Tree Boat Jetty. Located in the Town Centre. Sundays are the busiest as the boaties most popular day, we recommend a weekday for a quiet sunset. Some of the locals might be out for a twilight swim or be catching a bream.

11. Kimberleyland Foreshore overlooking Sleeping Buddha (Thethebeleng)

Kimberleyland Foreshore Sunsets

Self-promotion alert! But it’s true, one of the most beautiful, relaxing sunsets you can enjoy is on the Kimberleyland Foreshore. Rolling green grass meets the water’s edge, the view overlooking the lily flowers and water garden. The background is the rock formation, Sleeping Buddha/Elephant Rock which glows a burnt orange hue at day’s end. Sometimes there’s live music, either way, it’s a great place to head. Beer cans fizz open, wine glasses clink as we cheer to fellow Happy Campers.

Cost: Free if you’re already staying at Kimberleyland

Time: Best from about 430pm onwards

12. Lake Argyle Infinity Pool

The Famous Lake Argyle Infinity Pool

It’s famous for a reason! It’s not just famous in the East Kimberley. It’s not just famous in Western Australia, this pool is nationally and internationally renowned!
If you’re not already having a stay at the Caravan Park and Resort, you can buy a day pass for $12. If you’re staying for a sunset swim, pop in for a delicious meal before heading back to Kununurra.

Looking for an insta-worthy photo? Understandably the pool is popular and for that you’ll have to get up at the crack of dawn and take a pretty chilly dip.

Cost: $12 Day Pass and about 50 minutes driving one way.

Time: There’s a discount on day passes if you arrive after 2pm. So anytime after that allows you plenty of time to relax.

13. Top Dam

Lake Argyle Ben Broadwidth

Top Dam is the dam between Lake Argyle and Lake Kununurra. It’s a huge body of water and only held back by 300m infrastructure. There’s a monument sign on the top of the dam or a little picnic area below the dam, as well as a few viewing points dotted around the place. Worth the 50 minute drive each way? You betchya! Picture courtesy of Ben Broady 

Special Mention - El Questro 

While El Questro is little more than an hour from Kununurra, there are three beautiful sunset lookouts that are unmissable out there. Pigeon Hole is our favourite, often overlooked by the beautiful Branco's Lookout. We didn't have a photo of Saddleback Ridge but it's also a winner. How many nights do you need at El Questro, at least three. Make it four if you duck down to the Pentecost River for a sunset too. 

Pigeon Hole Lookout El Questro

Branco's Lookout at El Questro

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