Wet Season in Kununurra: the Best Season?
Wet season in Kununurra is a magical time that will have you happy to see the rain during your holiday.
If you’ve experienced Kununurra during the dry season, there’s simply no way to compare it to what it’s like up here when the rain starts to fall, more waterfalls begin to flow, and the watering holes start to fill up.
The wet season in Kununurra offers a unique experience for visitors to the region.
Surrounded by waterways, it is fitting that the name Kununurra derives from the local Aboriginal word for river. The town provides a perfect location for visiting the gorges and waterfalls that come to life in the wet season.
Let’s explore a few reasons why the wet season may just be the best time to visit Kununurra.
When is the wet season in Kununurra?
If you’re planning your trip for the wet season in Kununurra, you’re going to want to focus on October to March. There is a 29% chance of rain during these months on any given day.
However, it’s essential to remember that the wet season has two distinct parts. First is the build-up, from October to December, when big fluffy clouds fill the sky bringing electrical storms and dramatic lightning displays. Next, from January to March, is the ‘monsoon' period, bringing with it heavy rains.
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Don’t let the term “wet season” fool you into thinking you’ll need a coat and scarf. Historically, October to March are the hottest months in Kununurra. You can expect temperatures in the mid-to-high 30s.
Why visit Kununurra during the wet season?
There’s nothing quite like the wet season in Kununurra. As the tropical rains wash away the red dirt, this stunning region bursts to life with green and lush, flowers bloom, the green tree frogs and other wildlife come out of their hibernation, and the waterholes begin to fill.
Oh, did we mention the waterfalls?
Although there are plenty of waterfalls that flow year-round, the wet season in Kununurra is the best time to see them in full force.
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Many rock pools and springs disappear in the dry season, but the springs begin to flow after the rains and the pools refill.
After the heavy rains, many roads are only accessible by four-wheel drive, so be prepared to go on an adventure. But you will be rewarded with secluded gorges and swimming holes where you can take a refreshing dip while taking in the magnificent scenery.
Or, for a different perspective, take a scenic flight. You can marvel at the vastness of the landscape and view the remote cattle stations and communities in East Kimberley.
Mitchell Plateau and Falls is one popular place to visit in the wet. The spectacular multi-tiered waterfall is inaccessible by road at its peak water capacity, so the only way to see them is by air.
Where to stay in Kununurra
Kununurra Country Club Resort is centrally located and provides a perfect base to explore the magical East Kimberley. Our knowledgeable staff can inform you of the local waterfalls and help you choose and book tours.
If you’re hungry after a massive day of exploring, Kelly’s Bar & Grill is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and a couple of drinks.
When planning your holiday to the East Kimberley, consider visiting in the wet season to witness the spectacular waterfalls. You will not be disappointed!