Pumphouse Restaurant Kununurra

Kununurra’s Iconic Pumphouse Restaurant Will Finally Reopen In Early 2023!

byTroy Mutton
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As far as must-visit spots (among dozens, if not hundreds) in the East Kimberley region go, Kununurra’s Pumphouse Restaurant was up there with dining experiences.

Unfortunately that’s not been possible since the original owners put it up for sale in November 2021 – a situation that’s set to change early next year.

Last week the Kimberley Experiences Group announced they had purchased the venue, with plans to open seven days a week during high season.

Located right on the glorious Ord River, the building and equipment was an important part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme dating back to the inception of Kununurra in 1961.

Pumphouse Restaurant Kununurra

It served as the main pump station until 1971 when the Lake Argyle dam wall was built, before sitting unused until 2008 when locals Thomas and Dominique Brieg created the bar and restaurant.

And up until last year it was a popular dining destination for both the locals and tourists, with spectacular views of the river amidst an incredibly unique setting.

“As long-term locals we understand the importance of this special location and piece of history,” said KEG Managing Director Michael McConachy. “We have always really enjoyed spending time with our family and friends at the Pumphouse, as well as hosting visitors to the region at this beautiful setting.”

Mr McConachy did not expect to takeover the restaurant, assuming someone would snap it up when it went up for sale, however he’s hopeful KEG can bring it back better than ever.

“As a local and a tourism business owner, I know how much the venue was missed. I sat back and hoped that someone would take it on. Operating a restaurant wasn’t something I had ever planned for, and I hope that we can do justice to the legacy that Thomas and Dominique have created,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do before our planned opening in early 2023 and intend on pulling together a team to ensure the Pumphouse can open seven days a week for meals, coffees, and drinks, particularly during the tourism season.”

Head to the Kimberley Experiences Group Website for more info.

Image Credit: PumpHouse Restaurant Facebook