Derby is the most northern coastal town in WA and is the first major centre after Kunnunurra. Derby as stated is a coastal town on the King Sound. Derby is not anywhere near surf beaches. Fishing is the main ‘sea’ recreation. The tidal movements at Derby are the highest in Australia, and are a tourist attraction and talking point.
Derby is the closest centre to the Horizontal Falls but is still nearly an hour’s flight away.
Derby has most services on offer.
During World War II, Derby was bombed by Japanese planes because of an air base and jetty that was steadily used by Australian forces. More recently, refugees were housed at Royal Australian Air Force Base Curtin, which is located to the south of Derby.
Historically, Derby has played a major role in the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service for the Kimberley Region.