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.

The museum at Derby gives a good insight into the war period.

The Bohab festival is a weeklong festival that includes traditional events such as mud football, watermelon seed spitting, the Mardi Gras and other festivities.

Historically, Derby has played a major role in the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service for the Kimberley Region.

The Hotels in Derby are modern, with the exception of the Spinifex Hotel (the spini).

The Catholic Church is an impressive and eye catching building. The other churches are small and modern structures.

The Derby War Memorial is located at the council park.

Derby is a town, because of its remoteness  is a must visit location. A two night stay will be required if planning a visit to the Horizontal Falls.

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Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course