Kununurra is a town in far northern Western Australia located at the eastern extremity of the Kimberley Region approximately 37 kilometres from the border with the Northern Territory. Kununurra was initiated to service the Ord River Irrigation Scheme.
Kununurra is the largest town in Western Australia north of Broome, with the closest town being Wyndham, 100 kilometres away. Kununurra is 3,040 kilometres from Perth via the Great Northern Highway.
When the Ord was dammed in the early 60s, Lake Kununurra was formed, which helped the area’s agriculture thrive - and now provides an ideal fishing and boating spot. The East Kimberley region’s vast, complex and rugged landscape runs the gamut from deserts to gorges to sandy beaches, rainforests, river valleys, caves and a variety of wildlife providing plenty of scope for outdoor adventures.
Kununurra’s population of just 7,700 experiences a tropical monsoon climate, with two seasons: wet (November to April) and dry (May to October). Humidity can be high during the wet season, with temperatures reaching over 40. The rest of the year is drier at around low to mid 30s.
Working for the Department for Child Protection and Family Support in Kununurra
The Kununurra team works from a small office located within the State Government Building. They maintain a real sense of community and positive relationships with the children and families they work with. Almost half of Kununurra’s population is Aboriginal, so working here offers a unique opportunity to work within these communities, which have strong ties to culture, ceremony and the arts.