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Best Time to Fly to Derby, Australia

Derby has a hot semi-arid climate with a variable wet season from December to March. It is best to visit Derby from June to August because the local weather is comfortable at around 85 to 89 deg F. There is almost no chance of any rain, except for some passing showers. Derby residents are busy celebrating Mowanjum and Derby Boab festivals during this time of the year.

Derby Attractions

Wharfinger's House Museum

The Wharfinger's House Museum in Derby is home to a several exhibits relate to the town’s shipping, telecommunications and aviation history. Two impossible-to-miss attractions here are the ruins of an old steam ship called the SS Colac and displays of several fossils and mud lobsters. This museum is set inside a 100-year old (and now refurbished) prefabricated wooden housing. This museum overlooks some of the oldest buildings in Derby, one of them is the old Wool Shed and it was used for exporting goods until 1964.

Horizontal Waterfalls

Located 135 miles away from Derby, the Horizontal Waterfalls are a unique natural phenomenon and a top class choice for those looking for a day trip. These flat waterfalls are caused by intense and rapid tidal currents that surge through several narrow coastal gorges in Talbot bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago. The Horizontal Waterfalls are flanked by hills and ridges, and thus taking a boat trip through these narrow gorges is an automatic choice.

Old Derby Gaol

The Old Derby Gaol was built in 1906 and is the oldest building in Derby. It was used to incarcerate Aboriginal natives in inhuman conditions that were well worse than one can possibly imagine now. This gaol, with its open-air cells, had operated from 1906 to perhaps 1975. The gaol was entirely made up of an iron frame of railway track sections and had iron mesh panel walls with iron roof sheets. It was used to hold up to 100 Aboriginal natives against a maximum capacity of 30 who were chained and often beaten-up by the cops.

Festivals and Events

Mowanjum Festival

The Mowanjum Festival is Western Australia's largest traditional Aboriginal performance event. This colorful one-night long celebration in the month of July is a visitor’s best chance to get a first-hand experience of the native art and culture of the native Aboriginal tribes in Australia. Some highlights of the Mowanjum Festival are a variety of cultural workshops, boab nut carving and ochre painting competition. A new addition to this festival is a workshop on traditional medicine and ancient healing techniques used by Indigenous practitioners.

Derby Boab Festival

Derby Boab Festival is a fortnight-long series of cultural events celebrated annually in late June to early July in Derby. It is aimed at the lifestyle and culture of Kimberley (the region where Derby is located) in Western Australia. This festival is characterized by a interesting display of traditional art and crafts related to Aboriginal plus live music and delicious foods.

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