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King Sound is a large gulf in northern Western Australiamarker. It expands from the mouth of the Fitzroy Rivermarker, one of Australia's largest watercourses, and opens to the Indian Oceanmarker. It is about 120 km long, and averages about 50 km in width. The port town of Derbymarker lies near the mouth of the Fitzroy River on the eastern shore of King Sound. King Sound has the highest tides in Australia, and amongst the highest in the world, reaching a maximum tidal range of 11.8 metres at Derby.

Other rivers that discharge into the sound include the Lennard Rivermarker, Meda Rivermarker, Robinson River and May River.

King Sound is bordered by the island clusters of the Buccaneer Archipelagomarker to the East and Cape Levequemarker to the West.

The traditional owners and original inhabitants of the area are the Indigenous Australians the Bunuba people.

The first European to explore the Sound was William Dampier who visited the region aboard the Cygnet in 1688.

Philip Parker King surveyed the coastline in 1818 and named the area Cygnet Bay.

The area was later visited by John Stokes and John Wickham aboard the HMS Beagle in 1838. The Sound is named after the noted surveyor, Philip Parker King.


  1. Derby tides at Retrieved 7 January 2007

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