Australia facts &
history in brief
Kununurra is located about 100 kilometres from
the mouth of the Ord River, in Western Australia.
The Ord River begins from near Halls Creek and
flows northward for 480 kilometres into
Cambridge Gulf, near Wyndham, with its tributaries.
The catchment area covers 46,200 square kilometres.
The Ord is the source of water for a major
irrigation scheme, designed to provide water
for 75,000 hectares of land devoted to tropical
and subtropical crops.
Over 20.000 hectares
have already been developed.
The irrigation scheme includes Kununurra Diversion
Dam and the Ord River Dam.
The diversion dam, located near Kununurra,
holds 97,410,000 cubic metres of water.
The Ord River Dam, 48 kilometres farther
upstream, holds 5,679 million cubic metres of
water, over nine times the water in Sydney Harbour.
Water from the Ord River Dam is released to the
diversion dam, as required which feeds the
Farms in the area, grow cotton,
rice, grain sorghum, sunflowers,
cattle fodder, peanuts, maize, mungbeans,
The Kununurra Diversion Dam
was completed in 1968.
The Ord River Dam was begun
in 1969 and completed in 1972.
Kununurra is the main
commercial centre for the
Well, you could say, another
day, another town.
Ah! Ah! I said you could.
Kununurra got it's charm.
After all, most of the district
was a desert before.
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