The Best Hotels and Places to Book Your Stay in Kununurra, Western Australia

Spend your time on the scenic waterways around Kununurra when you stay at one of these properties
Spend your time on the scenic waterways around Kununurra when you stay at one of these properties | © Kimberleyland Waterfront Holiday Park / Expedia
Photo of Nannette Holliday
13 December 2021

Home of the rare Argyle pink diamond, the small country gateway town of Kununurra is a thriving farming and tourism hub in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Meaning “big water”, it was established in 1961 to service the Ord River Irrigation Scheme – and its picturesque ranges, lakes, rivers and waterfalls are synonymous with adventure. Cruise the waterways, explore the World Heritage-listed, beehive-shaped Bungle Bungles on foot and air and get a feel for the fine local culture. Hotels in Kununurra are also unique and special – book your stay here with Culture Trip.

Paradise ensuite at Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments

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Near Lily Lake Lagoon, these top-notch accommodations are for full-on chilling, whether you’re in a studio or a three-bedroom number. They’re contemporary and self-contained – all in all, ideal bases after a rugged day spent exploring. You’ll feel like you’re on a tropical island staying here, cocooned by lush gardens with water features, bowling green lawns and a stylish tropical free-form swimming pool. It’s especially Instagram-worthy and magical at sunset while sipping a coldie with your feet up on your balcony.

Kimberleyland Waterfront Holiday Park, for wildlife spotting

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Slap bang on the waterfront, this holiday park was the fruit of an ambitious father’s dream. That’s why it oozes family pride and friendliness, winning many awards. The sizzling sunsets are magical, same as the red-rocky ranges, lily-flower water garden and majestic boab trees. Beyond your deluxe villa on the waterfront are masses of birdlife – plus there’s even a toothless croc, which you may spot as you sit by the verdant foreshore. You’ll find more comfy-contemporary cabins amidst the palm trees poolside. Paradise found.

Activity central at Kununurra Country Club Resort

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So passionate are the club’s staff about this place, they’re known to call it their “home”. Back in the day (1961), the reception and main restaurant were the Ord River Club. It’s still a social hub for all sorts today – learn about its history from the art and photography sprinkled everywhere. After a day packed with country-club activities, resort-style ensuite rooms become your central sanctuary. Absorb the jungle garden and poolside views, and gain a greater appreciation of the region as you savour locally produced ingredients at Kelly’s Bar & Grill.

Kimberley Grande Resort, for lakeside lazing

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Here’s a premier luxury resort in tranquil surroundings on the shores of Lake Argyle. It’s renowned for its relaxed and friendly outback hospitality, comfortable, stylish and spacious homestead-styled rooms and luxurious bedding. Terrace rooms open onto lush gardens – alternatively grab a spa suite that has both garden and pool views. Before long it’ll be time to head to the bar and bistro – settle in for mouth-watering char-grilled barra in either of two indoor spots, or al fresco while listening to nature.

Barbecue fun at Kimberley Croc Motel

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Despite the name, there are no jaws on the doors at this little gem, immersed in the rugged terrain. It’s a sparkling little tropical oasis, with a mission to rejuvenate, replenish and relax you. That’s down to its perfect position: centrally located so you can do rural and retail therapy – it’s close to a stack of shops and dining spots. Can’t face heading out? Laze poolside, pausing to sizzle a steak on the barbecue, then return to your freshly renovated room. If you’re travelling with a pet, they’re welcome in some parts.

Discovery Holiday Parks – Lake Kununurra, for sunset cruises

© Discovery Holiday Parks – Lake Kununurra / Expedia

USP here? This is the only holiday park on the banks of the picturesque Ord River. While Lake Kununurra is shared with swimmers, water sport enthusiasts, anglers and bird watchers, here you’re completely enveloped by the surrounding acres of Australian bushland. Most budgets are catered for – there’s a diverse range of rooms from standard and superior cabins to deluxe waterfront and superb spa versions. Fancy exploring? You’re at the gateway to Mirima National Park, the Bungle Bungle Ranges and Lake Argyle, for sunset cruises.

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