Located on King Sound in north Western Australia, Derby is known as the gateway to the gorges. The pioneer town sees giant northern tides sweep in to meet the Outback, creating a magnificent contrast of flora and fauna.
As the oldest established town in the Kimberley, Derby is a great base from which to explore the riches of Gibb River Road, the spectacle of the Horizontal Falls, the splendours of the Buccaneer Archipelago, and the magnificence of the boab tree.
Population: Approx 5000
Time Zone: GMT + 8
Languages: English (official)
Currency: Australian dollar (AUD) Order your travellers cheques and cash through our partner AMEX
Derby has a tropical climate, with two distinct seasons: the wet (November to April) and the dry (May to October). As the name implies, the region receives very little rain in the dry season with comfortable temperatures averaging between 18°C and 34°C. The wet season, again as the name implies, is wet, with high humidity and temperatures averaging between 25°C and 36°C. Derby and its surrounds are subject to cyclones throughout summer, with torrential rain causing billabongs to swell, rivers to flood and waterfalls to gush.
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Derby Boab Inn
Twin, double and family rooms all on ground level with en-suites, secure parking, Fox Sport and telephone facilities. The inn is home to one of Derby’s best restaurants, the Lalgardi Restaurant and enjoys a swimming pool.
King Sound Resort Hotel
Situated in the heart of Derby, the King Sound Hotel is ideally located near the town’s shopping precinct and attractions. The hotel features conferences and meetings spaces, a swimming pool, room service, a restaurant and a bar.
An iconic Kimberley hotel, the Spinifex Hotel features brand new motel-style accommodation, a swimming pool, conference room, full bar, restaurant, TAB and BBQ facilities.
Desert Rose Bed & Breakfast
A humble bed and breakfast featuring quality queen size rooms with en-suites, lead light windows depicting Kimberley scenes and individual balconies. The property also makes great use of a swimming pool.
West Kimberley Lodge and Caravan Park
The West Kimberley Lodge and Caravan Park offers a tropical adult retreat with 12 rooms, and a caravan park section with 20 powered sites, featuring a fully equipped kitchen and laundry, BBQ area, swimming pool and disabled facilities.
As typical in most Australian Outback towns, Derby’s dining scene is small and casual. Roadside takeaway cafes, pub bistros, hotel restaurants and a Chinese restaurant cater for the region’s dining trade.
Derby’s best menus are offered at local hotel restaurants. The Lalgardi Restaurant at the Derby Boab Inn is a tourist hotspot, serving large pub meals inundated with fresh Kimberley ingredients. The Oasis Restaurant at the King Sound Resort Hotel is also a local favourite, specialising in bistro fare and a Sunday roast carvery.
The Windmill Café is Derby’s preferred downtown café, with a selection of meals, pastries and coffees enjoyed in dine-in or takeaway settings. While the roadhouse restaurant at the BP Colac is a regular truckers’ haunt, dishing up quick hot meals and drinks for those on the go.
Adding an exotic element to Derby’s dining scene Lwoys Chinese Restaurant, infuses Asian dishes with local seafood and ingredients.
Derby’s shopping scene is small, but apt. The region’s retail hub is located on Clarendon and Loch streets, where electronics store Retravision and clothing stores Tidal Wave, Totally Work Ware and Surfin the Kimberley, sit alongside specialty stores like Toyworld, Cds-R-Us and Derby Furniture. The downtown area also hosts a newsagency, chemist and gift store.
Community Markets add regional flair to the area’s shopping scene, with Community Women Association (CWA) markets held every Saturday on Clarendon Street from February to December, featuring regular produce, food and drinks, gardening, and arts and crafts stalls.