Walkabout Kununurra is a unique souvenir, home and giftware store. Here you won’t find the every day magnet and stubby holder rather beautiful Boab creations depicting the unique landscape of the East Kimberley featured on souvenirs, glasses, tea towels, boab designed wall hangings and everything in between. At Walkabout Kununurra you can also take home a taste of the East Kimberley and purchase Boab Chocolate.
Boab Chocolate is made with boab fruit which is found inside the boab nut and is very high in vitamin C. For thousands of years the fruit was used by Aboriginal people for food and medicine. The fruit is dried and put through a sieve to remove the seeds then encased with home made chocolate made by Walkabout business Owner Linda Cunningham.
Linda is both an entrepreneur and an artist. When Linda and husband Wayne Paul bought the Walkabout Souvenir store in 2004 Linda searched for a supplier that could provide artwork and souvenirs in the form of Boab trees but all that was on offer was the usual kangaroos and koalas. So she put her artistic skills into practice and started creating her own Boab artwork. She transformed the business with her paintings and drawings of the Boab tree that feature on a variety of souvenirs, imprinted into cups, ornamental plates, cards, fabric prints, on magnets, tiles and t-shirts. Linda’s Boab drawings are also transformed into metal boab cut-outs that she has patented and are popular as outdoor home decorations.
Visitors to the East Kimberley are mystified by the Boab tree’s appearance. It’s got that unique feel about it. It’s appearance certainly gave me the desire to paint and draw it years ago in 1986 when I first came through Kununurra on a camping trip.
There is so much in this store, everything from 21st birthday gifts to clothes, fashion jewellery and kitchenware. Linda jokingly says “allow yourself a day to see everything in the shop”, which is actually true. Here you can also purchase unique Zebra Rock jewellery and sculptured creations only found in this region. Walkabout also does engraving and trophies for local sporting clubs and events.
Linda moved to Kununurra in 1999 with her husband and daughter. Up until then she had spent much of her life in the Midwest of WA where she witnessed many droughts. When her husband came home one day and said there was a job in the sugar industry in Kununurra Linda jumped at the chance to move here.
I remember being overwhelmed by the amount of water here when I first visited in 1986, it was so lush and green and that really attracted me to Kununurra.
Linda is a community minded business owner and sponsors functions and events in Kununurra and surrounding communities.
When you are in Kununurra you must drop into Walkabout and view the many products on offer. You can also go to www.walkaboutkununurra.com.au to view the products online. On the website you can also download an order form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also call Linda and her team at the store on (08) 9168 1565 if you have any queries or to make an order.