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Tourism to reign after Kimberley downpours

It's a big wet season in the Kimberley.

Since January 1, Kununurra's rainfall has surged past the 1000mm mark, nearly double its average for this time of year.

On February 7 and 8 alone, the town received 559mm of rain, according to Weather Bureau figures.

And that means Kimberley tourism can look forward to a big dry season, with the country reinvigorated, gorges full of water and waterfalls running for longer.

Though the Kimberley is more associated with red bedrock, at the moment it looks like a soft, green blanket has been thrown over it.

And the blockbuster wet season even has locals impressed.

"In 33 years here, I have never seen anything like it," Frauke Bolten-Boshammer, owner of Kimberley Fine Diamonds in Kununurra, said.

The West Australian

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