Another early start for the 7am bus from Darwin to Kununurra. We were leaving the Northern Territory and heading for Western Australia. 10 hours later, we arrived in the small town of Kununurra. We didn't really know much about Kununurra, other than what the Lonley Planet told us. We knew it was going to be small but didn't really realise how small!! We were staying at the YHA, who picked us up from the bus stop and took us back to the backpackers. We checked in and headed to Coles to buy some food for dinner before spending the evening chatting to fellow travelers staying at the backpackers. Although turns out that not many travelers actually stop in Kununurra, is mostly a place that backpackers doing harvest jobs stay in. Which turned out quite well for us because it meant that we had almost the whole of the backpackers, pool included, to ourselves all day while the others were out working! On the flip side, it meant there isn't much to do in the town. The reason we were staying there was because as part of our bus ticket from Darwin to Perth, the accommodation was included.
During our time in Kununurra, we relaxed by the pool, took a hike to the National Park (no mean feat in the 40 degree heat, see sweaty photos!!!), went to have a look at the "Celebrity" tree park (any "celebrity" who has visited Kununurra is asked to plant a tree and plaque is put up- yes Rolf Harris does have a tree- but thats about as famous as it gets) and walked up to a lookout over Kununurra called Kelly's**** (which had a great view of the town and also some rock formations that were like mini Bungle Bungles which can be found in a nearby national park).
Kununurra was very much how we expected a small Australian outback town to be, one main street with a few shops, one bar and a couple of backpackers. Although it did have a leisure centre!
It was nice place to stop, although probably better just for a day but it left us recharged and ready for the next part of our journey!