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Derby Things to Do

  • Visit the Boab Prison Tree.

    7 km outside of Derby the Boab Prison Tree gives a combination of the dark side of the local history and an interesting view of a curious natural object In South Africa they are called Baobabs.

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  • Support an indigenous community

    Mowanjum is an Aboriginal community that has been set up as a "dry" community and is dedicated to teaching each young children its traditional customs and culture including its artwork.The artwork in this region focuses on Wandjina-a supreme spirit being although other traditional designs, symbols and patterns do feature.Its art and culture centre...

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  • Brief history of Derby

    The Centenary Pavilion is located at the jetty. It features a colourful 28sqr metre mosaic depicting facets of life in the district using various indigenous designs. It also has a series of historical placards explaining Derby’s history.

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  • Infamous prison

    The Old Prison is an infamous site in terms of Western Australia’s history. It is linked to the 1905 Act which was used by Administrators (including Police) to separate Aboriginals from their families and control them. This prison is particularly brutal in that it is really a cage. The “prisoners” usually had cuffs around their necks and were then...

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  • Maps, tours and other ideas

    The visitor centre is a must in terms of identifying the major tourist sites in Derby. The staff can also organise any tours you may want to take from Derby including flights to Horizontal Falls etc. The Visitor Centre is at the end of Clarendon Street. It also has a small selection of souvenirs.

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  • Prison Boab

    The prison boab is quite an infamous site in Western Australia’s history. It was used to house Aboriginals on their way to Derby prison. It also has some spiritual significance for Aboriginals. The boab tree itself is estimated to be about 1200 years old.The prison boab is about 7 km out of Derby on the Broome Derby road. There is a signpost from...

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Derby Restaurants

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    by albaaust Written Apr 24, 2008

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    The point restaurant serves a variety of seafood meals at a reasonable price.It is right on the jetty. It would be a great place to sit, relax and eat at sunset with its views over King Sound. It srves barramundi at a reasonable price.

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Derby Warnings and Dangers

  • Crocodile country

    The Kimberley is crocodile country!! The West Kimberley is the natural habitat of the fresh water and estuarine crocodile. The latter crocodile is being seen more frequently in the tidal creeks around Derby. There have been incidents where people have been taken. Watch where you camp, fish and most importantly swim!!! Note the signpost on the way...

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  • Hazards on the road

    Watch out for cows on the road- there are lots and they are big!! There are no fences or barriers along the roads.There are signposts indicating where they are more prevalent. Be especially aware when there are tall grasses along the roadside.

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