The Ord River Irrigation Area and Carnarvon are the main production areas for cucurbits in northern Western Australia. Cucurbits are also grown in Derby, Broome and around Lagrange, south of Broome.
The area planted to rockmelons in the Ord River Irrigation Area has increased from 20 ha in 1980 to 425 ha in 1992.
Rockmelon production, the most important horticultural industry in the Ord River Irrigation Area, is worth about $9 million. It accounts for about 25 per cent of the Ord's dry season value of production
"Export of rockmelons from the Ord River,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 34
, Article 4.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol34/iss2/4