kids encyclopedia robot

Kuri Bay facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts


Kuri Bay is a remote coastal bay in the far north of Western Australia in the Kimberley region, about 370 km (230 mi) north of Broome. It is a designated point on the Western Australian Forecast Areas, utilised by the Bureau of Meteorology as a boundary for the North Kimberley Coast area from the West Kimberley Coast.

The closest main town is Derby, 223 km (139 mi) southwest of the bay. The bay opens directly into the Indian Ocean, and Augustus Island is located just off-shore from the bay. The bay is part of the Prince Regent National Park and the Kunmunya Aboriginal Reserve.

History

It is the home to Australia's first cultured pearl farm and is named after the company's first principal, Tokuichi Kuribayashi (1896–1982). The Japanese-American-Australian company commenced operations in 1956 following the Western Australian Government repealing the Pearling Act that prohibited the production, sale and possession of cultured pearls.

By 1973 the Kuri Bay operation was producing 60% of the world's large white South Sea pearls. Paspaley, the biggest supplier of South Sea pearls in the world, has one of their largest and most well-known pearl farms located at Kuri Bay.

Climate

Kuri Bay experiences a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification Aw).

Climate data for Kuri Bay
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32.8
(91)
32.5
(90.5)
33.2
(91.8)
34.3
(93.7)
33.0
(91.4)
31.3
(88.3)
31.1
(88)
31.9
(89.4)
33.1
(91.6)
33.8
(92.8)
34.3
(93.7)
34.0
(93.2)
32.9
(91.2)
Average low °C (°F) 25.5
(77.9)
25.1
(77.2)
24.9
(76.8)
24.3
(75.7)
21.9
(71.4)
19.6
(67.3)
18.5
(65.3)
19.7
(67.5)
22.2
(72)
24.5
(76.1)
26.1
(79)
26.2
(79.2)
23.2
(73.8)
Precipitation mm (inches) 407.4
(16.039)
356.3
(14.028)
306.0
(12.047)
64.8
(2.551)
47.1
(1.854)
8.8
(0.346)
4.8
(0.189)
1.1
(0.043)
1.7
(0.067)
6.9
(0.272)
25.9
(1.02)
158.9
(6.256)
1,389.7
(54.713)
Avg. rainy days 15.2 15.3 13.4 4.4 2.0 .7 .3 .2 .2 .8 2.5 8.8 63.8
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology
kids search engine
Kuri Bay Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.