The port town of Derby lies near the mouth of the mighty Fitzroy River, on the eastern shore of King Sound, surrounded by vast tidal mud flats. The Kimberly boasts the largest tidal range in Australia – more than 11 metres. Derby is situated at the southwestern end of the Gibb River Road and is the gateway to northern Australia’s gorges, meaning it is prime country for rural adventures. The Shire of Derby-West Kimberley’s population is comprised of more than 50 per cent Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent peoples across 54 communities.
Established in 2005, Derby RCSWA is one of the oldest sites in the school. The RCSWA office is located within Derby Aboriginal Health Services and is a short distance from the hospital. With study spaces, a common room and kitchenette, the office is accessible to students 24 hours a day.