Infrastructure and services
The principal towns in the Kimberley are linked by the Great Northern Highway. The Highway is the main corridor for freight movements within the region, between the Kimberley and the south of the State, and between Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Ports and shipping
General purpose port facilities are located in Broome, Derby and Wyndham.
The Port of Broome is the main deep water port serving the Kimberley. The Port supports stock exports, offshore oil and gas exploration supply vessels, pearling, fishing charter boats and cruise liners.
The Derby wharf was closed by the Department of Transport in 1994 but reopened as an export facility in 1997 for barges exporting lead and zinc concentrates from the Cadjebut Mine near Fitzroy Crossing. Today, the wharf is used mainly by pleasure and tourist craft.
Exports through the Port of Wyndham include cattle, agricultural products from the Ord River irrigation area and nickel concentrate. Fuel and general cargo are brought in to the East Kimberley through this port. The largest ships that visit the port are usually 50,000 tonnes dead-weight with a draft of 8.5 metres and a length of 190 metres.
The nbn™ Sky Muster™ satellite service provides broadband connectivity to the region. Roll-out of the National Broadband Network connects homes and businesses in Broome, Kununurra, Derby and surrounding areas.
Airports and air services
Seven regional airports and a number of community and private airfields serve the Kimberley. The main regional airports are at Broome and Kununurra. Others are at La Grange (Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community) and Kalumburu. Airnorth connects Kununurra and Broome, while Qantas/Qantas Link and Virgin provide scheduled services from Perth to Broome and Kununurra. Aviair also flies in the region.
Horizon Power provides the Region’s urban centres with electricity, using independent diesel oil generators in all centres except Kununurra and Wyndham where hydro-electric power is used.
A privately owned 30 MW hydro-electric power generation station is operational at the main Ord River Dam on Lake Argyle, 80 kilometres south of Kununurra. The station is the largest single contributor to renewable energy electricity generation in northern WA and provides electricity to the Argyle Diamond Mine and the towns of Kununurra and Wyndham.
Primary and secondary education facilities and services in the Kimberley are provided by both public and private sector. There are over 20 schools, including Government and Non-Government, Primary and Senior. A number of these schools are located in remote communities across the region. For a full list, please visit the WA Department of Education website.
Post-secondary education is offered by the North Regional TAFE through its campuses in Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Kununurra and Wyndham.
The University of Notre Dame established a Broome Campus in 1998 and has been expanding the range of courses offered. These courses include the Certificate III in Education Teacher Assistant (Indigenous), and the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing Vocational Education and Training programs. A Tertiary Enabling Program provides an alternative entry program for those wishing to study at tertiary level but who do not currently meet admissions criteria. Undergraduate bachelor degrees are available in fields such as Education and Nursing.
There are few private medical practitioners in the region with almost all General Practitioners and specialists employed by hospitals, Aboriginal Community controlled health organisations or the Royal
Flying Doctor Service.
Specialist services are provided from the larger regional centres and, where necessary, patients are flown to Perth or Darwin for treatment that cannot be provided by region-based or visiting specialists. The Western Australian Country Health Service provides ambulance services in Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, and Halls Creek. St John Ambulance provides ambulance services in Broome, Kununurra and Wyndham.
Shopping precincts and other services
The region is well serviced by a number of Australia Post retailers in each main centre as well as big chain supermarkets such as Coles, Woolworths and IGA and some of the big four banks (Commonwealth, Westpac, ANZ and NAB). Whether you are visiting or relocating, there is a variety of retailers in the area with plenty to offer.
Page last updated: Mon Jan 31 2022 12:46:11 PM
Don't hesitate to call the Kimberley Development Commission with any queries or comments.
7 Ebony Street (PO Box 620)
Kununurra Western Australia 6743
T: +61 8 9148 2100
Upstairs: Cnr Napier & Dampier Terrace (PO Box 172)
Broome, Western Australia 6725
T: +61 8 9194 3000