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  • 2 K Tours - Kununurra - WA -Australia
    of the photographs you can download it here pdf file 2 24 Mb This is a large file if you have a slow Internet connection 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

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  • Details of Our Tours - Kununurra and The Kimberley - WA -Australia
    another look Terms Conditions All tours carry chilled water cups etc Not all tours available every day Courtesy pick up from your accommodation 2k Tours reserves the right to alter tours without notice due to seasonal variations or other operational conditions Tour cancellations of less than 24hrs notice may incur a 50 cancellation fee Prices valid till 31 March 2012 10 discount on Seniors Card or Aged Disabled Veteran Affairs

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  • 2 K Tours - Kununurra - WA -Australia
    Figures Picture Gallery Our Vehicles Information Maps Contact Us Tour Images Sesbania Flower Kapok Flower Chia Sandalwood Plantation 2 K Tours Information East Kimberley Picture Gallery Facts and Figures The things I knew I d forget Our Vehicles Testimonials and

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  • Area Maps & Information - Kununurra and The Kimberley - WA -Australia
    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 Ord River Irrigation Area ORIA is the irrigation industry area formed by the damming of the Ord River by the construction of the

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  • Contact 2 K Tours - Kununurra - WA -Australia
    of Victoria Lake Argyle is capable of holding some 10 500 million megalitres of water up to 35 times the volume of water in Sydney Harbour 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 Ord River Irrigation Area ORIA is 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 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 Contact 2K Tours Keith Anne Wright Box 1019 Kununurra WA 6743 Australia Telephone 08 9168 1314 International 61 8 9168 1314 Facsimile 08 9168 2650 International 61 8

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  • 2 K Tours - Kununurra - WA -Australia
    East Kimberley Regional Airport at Kununurra owned by the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley was a few years ago one of the busiest airports in Western Australia The domestic terminal refurbished and doubled in size in 1992 is the front of a busy airport that is home base to about 60 light aircraft and 25 helicopters Regular jet services connect Kununurra to Perth and Broome and a every day turboprop service allows access to Darwin Before the cessation of services by Ansett at least one jet service both north and south connected Kununurra with Perth and Darwin At the height of the visitor season up to 3 jet services a day served the area Today a range of carriers and aircraft service the Kununurra Wyndham area through the East Kimberley Regional Airport at Kununurra Ivanhoe Crossing one of the favourite visit spots on our 2K ORIA tour was constructed in its present form in 1952 at a cost of just 25 000 00 Pounds 50 000 Each of the 125 culverts under the crossing is formed from 6 individual 44 gallon 205 litre drums welded together Four workers under the direction of Bill Wright while living in tents on the river embankment completed the very much labour intensive task in 2 dry seasons and on budget Ivanhoe Crossing in 1952 The large sandbar in the distance we are looking east towards where Kununurra is today about 4 metres deep 500 metres in length and about 400 metres wide was deposited here in one wet season and disappeared the next The Crossing today appears very different with a large and expansive growth of vegetation changing the appearance dramatially Sandalwood is one of the newer crops being grown in the ORIA Here we see a tiny about 150mm high sandalwood Santalum seedling just planted in the field with its pot host Ultrananthera nana at foot Sandalwood has a series of three hosts throughout its 15 year growth life before the tree is harvested for the highly priced heartwood containing sandalwood oil Photograph taken with the kind permission of Zoe Higgins at Integrated Tree Cropping Kununurra zoe higgins treecrop com au A tiny Sesbania Formosa about 150mm secondary host of the Sandalwood which is planted alternatively with sandalwood in the same row Sandalwood Ulternanthera and Sesbania are all planted at a rate of 500 per hectare kind permission of ITC Kununurra A Cathormium tree Cathormium umbellatum the tertiary host of the sandalwood is planted in alternative rows at the rate of 500 per hectare Here we see a 12 month old tree at Tropical Forestry Services Kununurra Extensive nurseries prepare the seedlings of all the plants used in the Sandalwood industry Here part of up to 150 000 sandalwood seedlings at TFS on Packsaddle As the Sesbania grows it is regularly lopped just above the height of the growing Sandalwood After 3 4 years the Sesbania 2nd host dies or is removed as the Cathormium 3rd host in an adjacent row takes over

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  • 2 K Tours - Kununurra - WA -Australia
    In general the growing season in the Ord River Irrigation Area is between about late March and early October as this coincides with the dry season Crops such as bananas mangos and sandalwood do grow all year round but access to the paddocks is limited during the wet season as 90 of the paddocks are a deep black clay soil known as Cununurra clay Kununurra s first real commercial crop was cotton which was grown between 1963 and 1974 Towards the end of the cotton growing era farmers were spraying cotton every 2 4 days or more than 40 times per growing season Before cotton and after growing of cotton ceased peanuts and rice were 2 crops grown commercially Magpie Geese in huge numbers were a major cause for the ending of rice as a commercial crop Magpie Geese estimated at transiting the airport at a rate of 8 000 10 000 per hour caused MacRobertson Miller Airlines to alter their flight schedule so that sunrise and sunset arrival times were avoided due to magpie geese conflicting with aircraft After cotton failed many crops were tried but it was lean times and much heartache for farmers until other viable crops were established At this time the population of Kununurra dropped from 1800 to about 1200 in a short number of weeks Cucurbits the family name of crops such as rock melon watermelon champagne melon honeydew melon pumpkin butternut pumpkin zucchini squash etc were established as being a viable crop and today about 5000 ha produces such crops valued at 35m per year More than 20 of all rock melons sold in Australia in the June July and August period are grown in Kununurra The largest grower of string less beans in Western Australia sends up to 120 tonnes of the beans to Perth each week during the season from his farm in Kununurra Until a couple of years ago one grower was sending up to 400 tonnes of pumpkin butternut and Queensland Blue per week to most capital cities in road trains that carried up to 120 tonne per triple trailer road train Another crop on importance in the Irrigation Area is hybrid seed The main producer Pacific Seeds based in Toowoomba grows on about 850 ha but contract growers produce seed on a total of about 1600 ha Because of the growing environment Kununurra is able to grow seed out of season so that Pacific Seeds is able to meet seed requirements of farmers in the Eastern States Seed production is usually about 70 sorghum grown for stock feed seed 20 maize or corn and 10 sunflower but these ratios vary according to requirements Small quantities of other hybrids are also grown on request Hybrid seed production involves the planting of a small number of rows of a male seed a larger number of a female seed and after pollination and as the female plant is reaching maturity the male plant is totally removed and the seed harvested from

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  • 2 K Tours - Kununurra - WA -Australia
    Information Maps Contact Us Tour Images Sesbania Flower Kapok Flower Chia Sandalwood Plantation 2 K Tours Information Our Vehicles 1987 Denning Coach Air conditioning by CoachAir 53 recliner seats Airbag suspension Seat belts Radio PA TV with DVD VCR Large bin storage underneath 1999 Nissan Civilian Air conditioning by Nippon 21 seats Radio PA Baggage trailer available 1987 Toyota Coaster Air conditioning fitted 21 fabric seats Radio PA Baggage trailer

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