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Kalumburu WA


Kalumburu ( 14°16’S, 126°39’E, postcode 6740), previously known as Drysdale River Mission, is the northernmost settlement in Western Australia. It has a population of about 400 people, and is inhabited mostly by Aboriginal people from the Wunambal and Kwini language groups. Kalumburu is remote from any main roads — the nearest is the Gibb River Road, 270 km to the south. It was the site of a World War II airbase, which was attacked by Japanese planes in 1943.

Only camping is available at Kalumburu Mission and it is advised that all caravans be left at Drysdale River Homestead as the road to the Mission is regarded as unsuitable for caravans.