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Derby - Cities, Towns and Localities
Derby was the first town to be settled in the Kimberley and is the start of the Gibb River Road, one of the world’s last wilderness areas, which meets the Great Northern Highway between Wyndham and Kununurra.

Located on King Sound and near the Fitzroy River, the Kimberly’s longest river, it is called the ‘Gateway to the Gorges and the Buccaneer Archipelago’. The Gorge country include Devonian Reef Gorges of Windjana and Tunnel Creek, King Leopold Ranges, Bell Gorge, Dimond and Sir John Gorges.

Check out our listing of Derby accommodation and Kimberley accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Derby Visitor Centre
2 Clarendon Street
DERBY WA 6728
Ph: 08 9191 1426
Freecall: 1800 621 426 (within Australia)
Email
Web: www.derbytourism.com.au
Open
October to March
— Monday - Friday
— Saturday
— Sunday

8:30 am - 4:30 pm
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
CLOSED
April to May & September
— Monday - Friday
— Saturday
— Sunday

8:30 am - 4:30 pm
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
June to August
— Monday - Friday
— Saturday
— Sunday

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

Derby Attractions

Buccaneer Archipelago
A region comprised of between 800 to 1,000 rocky islands, some with small embayments and secluded white sandy beaches. The region is par of a ria or drowned coastline, with islands of ancient sandstone dating to the Pre-Cambrian age, some 2,500 to 1,800 million years ago. The islands are rugged and sparsely vegetated, some with patches of rain forest and fringing mangroves where silt has accumulated.
Horizontal Waterfall
The Buccaneer Archipelago region has huge tidal movement that ranges up to 12 metres. This creates a phenomena known as the ‘horizontal reversible waterfalls’ in Talbot Bay. The falls are caused by the differential that is created when tide flows between narrow island gaps. These tides and whirlpools caused havoc with the pearling fleets of the last century, with many sailors and divers losing their lives. The graves on the surrounding islands are a testimony to the dangerous conditions.
King Leopold Range Conservation Park
Gazetted in August 2000 by then Premier Mr Richard Court. Who emphasized at the time it was listed that this region of West Australia remains the only portion not to have seen native species become extinct since the arrival of Europeans. The park straddles almost the entire length of the spectacular King Leopold Ranges, one of the oldest ranges on Earth, and contains significant remnant rainforest pockets, and a variety of rare flora and fauna.
Prison TreeBoab Prison Tree
Located 7 km south of Derby, on the Derby Highway, is the Boab or ‘Baobab Prison Tree’. During the end of the 19th century it was used as a prison for Aboriginal prisoners, being the last stopover point for patrols returning to Derby. The ‘prison tree’ was able to hold a number of prisoners, with an entrance about one metre wide and two metres high.
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Derby Tours

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Seaplane, Scenic Flights - Bush Flight / Reef Flight
• DERBY WA 6728 • Ph: 08 9193 2680 • Fax: 08 9193 2670 • Email / Email
Charter Flights - Scenic Tours - Seaplane Tours. Depart from Derby, Western Australia and fly the wonderful Kimberley region. We offer great prices plus an online booking and payment service for your convenience. Operating in Derby since 2003.
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