About 2K Tours and The Kimberley - Kununurra Region
Kununurra is situated in the Shire of Wyndham, East Kimberley, North West Australia, which covers an area of 121,000 square kilometres (about 2 ½ times the size of Tasmania and half the area of Victoria). Geographically Kununurra is much closer to Asia than to some capital cities in Australia.
Kununurra is the service town and main attraction in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA), the irrigation industry area formed by the damming of the Ord River by the construction of the Diversion Dam in 1959-1963 to hold back the waters of Lake Kununurra (90 million megalitres storage) and the Main Ord Dam in 1969-1972 to form Lake Argyle capable of holding some 10,500 million megalitres of water. Lake Argyle contains a volume of water of up to 35 times the volume of water in Sydney Harbour.
The irrigation project covers 14,500 hectares and crops from the area include, sugar, sorghum, maize, sunflower, sandalwood, bananas, mangoes, as well as the whole family of cucurbits (melons, squash, pumpkins, zucchini etc).
Future expansion envisaged would see development of a further 32000-40000 hectares for irrigation.
Kimberley and Kununurra Tours was commenced by Anne and Keith Wright who are situated in Kununurra . Keith has lived and worked in the area since 1968 and knows the area well.
Anne and Keith were married on a tour boat on Lake Kununurra in 1979. Their tours encompass the entire irrigation area as well as The Hoochery, Western Australia's only licensed still, producing rum (and other goodies) from local sugar and molasses, and Zebra Rock Gallery where one of the very few sources of this ancient rock are mined in the area and crafted into an amazing range of artefacts and useful articles.
Abundant water supplies in the Ord River and an enviable growing environment has assisted in development of a viable irrigation project. Before damming, the Ord River was measured at flowing at a rate of about 1 million cubic feet per minute during peak flow in the "wet" season. This flow equates, for example, to the daily water consumption of metropolitan Sydney passing down stream in about 26 seconds.
Keith Wright - Tour guide & driver and Sleeping Buddha on Lake Kununurra