Outback Towns

Derby

Approximately 220kms North-East of Broome, in the Kimberly Region lies the town of Derby.

About Derby

Approximately 220kms North-East of Broome, in the Kimberly Region lies the town of Derby. It is a massive 2400kms North of the states' capital - Perth.

After Alexander Forrest explored the area in 1879, Derby was developed as a Port to service the pastoral properties along the Fitzroy River. The 1886 gold rush at Hall’s Creek led to a boom in development.  Nowadays, Derby remains a supply point for an important part of the Kimberley's pastoral, mining, oil and tourist industries.

Derby is rich in cultural diversity, and with a population of over 4500 people - approximately half of which are Aboriginal Australians - the local Indigenous culture plays a large part in the community. A major feature of the town is the 'Boab Tree', located 7kms out of the town, the 1500 year old hollow tree has a 14 metres circumference and a door cut out. It was used as a staging point for prisoners by early police patrols. It is now a registered Aboriginal Site which is of cultural significance to local tribes.

The town of Derby also offers many facilities to visitors including; bird watching facilities, a shooting range, a race course, rodeo grounds and a sports/recreation centre. In addition to these facilities, Derby and the surrounding area boasts some natural tourist attractions such as camping, fishing and 4x4 driving areas and some man-made conveniences including  a shopping centre, schools, restaurants and a hospital.

Accommodation in Derby is plentiful and includes; BnB's, Hotel/Motel, Caravan & Camping and Station Stays.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Chemist
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs