The Kimberley is one of the world's last great wilderness regions.
It covers an expanse of nearly 423,000 square kilometre (three times
the size of England) with a population of only 25,000 people.
It is situated in the far north west of Western Australia and it's
immense and ancient landform encompasses rugged ranges and spectacular
gorges, cascading waterfalls, mighty rivers and complex cave systems.
Kununurra is the gateway to the
Kimberley and its famous Purnululu National Park with its outstanding
Bungle Bungle massif. It is a picturesque and modern town, established
in 1960 as the centre for the Ord River Irrigation project. The
town has become the major administrative centre for the East Kimberley,
servicing farmers, pastoralists and the rapidly developing tourism
and mining industries. With a resident population of around 6,000
it is one of the biggest towns in the Kimberley.
The Boab Tree
The Aboriginal legend has it that the boab tree was once a tall, proud
but arrogant aristocrat of the plant world. It flaunted its proud
and graceful shape among the spindly trees of the arid terrain. "How
remarkable and how superior I am, " it seemed to say. This made
all the other trees feel miserable. The Gods, not happy with this,
bewitched the seeds of this vain tree. Then its seedlings began growing
upside down. The bark developed folds and instead of growing tall
it became grotesque and squat. However, the Boab was not deprived
of all good features. As the wet season approaches, masses of flowers
and foliage arrive providing man and animal with shelter. The roots
may provide water for the parched traveler and the rich seedpods were
on the menu of the Aborigines.