Derby is a town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia
. At the 2006 census, Derby had a population of 3,093, with about half of Aboriginal descent.Along with Broome
, it is one of only three towns in the Kimberley to have a population over 2,000. Located on King Sound, Derby has the highest tides in Australia, with the peak differential between low and high tide reaching 11.8 metres.There is employment in the pastoral and mining industries, as well as administration and tourism.
War II, Derby was bombed by Japanese planes because of an air base and jetty that was steadily used by Australian forces.Derby was famous in the 1920s as the terminus of the first scheduled aviation service in Australia, West Australian Airways Ltd.
Derby is rich in cultural diversity, with the local Indigenous culture playing a large part in the community. The Mowanjum Festival is held annually at Mowanjum Community and features a showcase of traditional art.The Boab festival is a week long festival that includes traditional events such as mud football, watermelon seed spitting, the Mardi Gras and other festivities.Wharfinger’s House museum tells the story of the aviation history of the town as well as the history of the Port.