Derby offers its residents a unique, outdoor lifestyle surrounded by spectacular and untouched wilderness. Derby is the gateway to the natural beauty of the Kimberley; its national parks, ranges, gorges, the Buccaneer Archipelago and regional rivers provide memorable recreational camping, fantastic fishing, walking and touring opportunities.
Despite recent growth, Derby maintains an Australian country town
freedom and friendly atmosphere. Its tropical climate and unhindered
access to one of the few remaining near pristine regions of the world
make living in Derby a rare, relaxing and enjoyable experience.
Important annual community social events
and activities attracting regional support and participation include:
Derby Horse Racing and Derby Cup, Derby Rodeo, Boab Ball and Festival,
Kimberley Art Prize, Buccaneer Classic Fishing, Mudcrab Races,
Madhatters Race, Kimberley Writers Prize, the famous Bush Poets
Breakfast, Float Parade and Mardi Gras, Mowanjum Festival, Marsh Art,
Ike Stohl Salmon Fishing Competition, Kimberley Photographic Award,
motor speedway, gallery openings and auctions, local club competitions
and events. The Derby mudflats play host to the Long Table Dinner,
movie nights, fireworks, art displays. Every weekend local fishermen
compete to catch the biggest fish and golfers tee off on the local
11-hole, fully grassed and reticulated golf course. Families meet to
fish, dine or simply watch spectacular sunsets from the Derby Wharf.
The towns CWA gardens provide the setting for Saturday markets.