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Wyndham-East Kimberley Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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The Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley is 3000 kilometres north-east of Perth, covers 117 514 square kilometres, and contains 8 164 people (2011).

The economy is based on agriculture, the pastoral industry, mining and tourism. The shire has two towns and several small indigenous communities.

Kununurra was established in the 1960's to service the Ord Irrigation Scheme. This lush town is now surrounded by tropical fruit plantations, sugar cane fields and sandalwood plantations. Unlike most of Western Australia, the area has an abundance of water.

Wyndham was established historically as a port for the Halls Creek goldrush, and then the pastoral industry. The town contains a museum, and an impressive lookout across the Cambridge Gulf and the five rivers which enter it.

The shire is scenic beyond comparison, composed mainly of mountains, large rivers, numerous gorges and cliffs, waterfalls, rainforest and savannah.

Attractions near Kununurra include boat cruises on the huge Lake Argyle, light plane flights to the incredible Bungle Bungles (a collection of bee-hived shaped mountains with gorges), light plane flights to the Argyle diamond mine, El Questro Wilderness Park, numerous national parks, gorges, and floodplains with abundant wildlife. Further afield the Mitchell Plateau in the far north of the Kimberley provides palm forest and several large waterfalls.

There is a sealed road between Halls Creek, Wyndham, Kununurra and the Northern Territory border. The only other road of significance is the Gibb River Road across the central Kimberley, passable only during the dry season, but still requires river crossings and a 4 wheel drive. Many areas are not accessible.

It is remote, rugged, and suffers high humidity and rainfall during the Australian summer months making any movement impossible. Please do not swim in the ocean or lower reaches of rivers in this shire (or stand next to river banks) as they contain large saltwater crocodiles and you will end up as lunch. If you find yourself in the jaws of a crocodile, I am told poking it in the eye helps.

Mining in the shire is dominated by the Argyle diamond mine- the largest diamond mine in the world. Rough diamonds are commonly seen in private collections overseas. Another popular material exported overseas from the area is zebra rock- a white and brown banded siltstone. A few epidote/quartz specimens have come from the Mitchell Plateau in the far north of the Kimberley.

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