One Day Lake Argyle & Ord River Cruise
One Day Lake Argyle and Ord River Cruise with Lunch.
If you have already been to Lake Argyle, then this is the cruise for you! A 110km round trip cruising through spectacular gorge country.
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If you have already been to Lake Argyle, then this is the cruise for you! You will be collected from your accommodation at 11.30am and taken by coach to board your Tour from the Marina. Cruising the 55km to Lake Argyle, you will marvel at the spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna found along the way, including the elusive freshwater crocodile!
Remaining on the boat at the base of the Ord Top Dam, you will cruise back towards Kununurra, stopping for afternoon tea at our riverside camp. Scenic photographers will appreciate the contrast in colours as the light changes the way the gorges and ranges look on the return journey.
We will return you to your Kununurra accommodation at around 6.00pm after enjoying an East Kimberley sunset on board the boat.
An extraORDinary adventure
The Ord River is a significant Australian waterway, supplying water to a hugely successful agricultural industry and supporting Ord River cruises and tours of this unique Kimberley environment.
The Diversion Dam
The Diversion Dam is an historic marker in the evolution of agriculture and energy production in the remote north of Western Australia.
Having been officially under investigation since the early 1900’s, and after extensive government and scientific investigations, a research station was established in the area, now home to the Frank Wise Institute of Tropical Agriculture.
In its first twelve years of operation a number of agricultural opportunities were identified in support of the Dam and the creation of an extraordinary irrigation scheme to harness one of Australia’s fastest flowing rivers during the summer wet season.
The building and operation of the Diversion Dam, once the link to the Ord River Dam was completed, produced a massive storage reservoir, Lake Argyle Kununurra, and enabled hydro-electricity to be introduced to Kununurra, Wyndham and the Argyle diamond mine.
It was also an historic moment for eco-sustainability on a global scale.
The Ord River Dam
Built in the early 1970’s, the dam formed the massive Lake Argyle and stores water year-round to generate hydro-electricity and supply irrigation to sustain agriculture in dry periods. The dam wall soars high enough to capture large volumes of floodwaters in very wet seasons. The success of the Ord River Irrigation Area is set to continue with Ord Stage 2 already funded.
Boating the Ord River is an experience not to be missed. From the dam the river gets progressively more beautiful and moves inland. On display are birds, fish, crocodiles and wallabies – you might even see an eagle. Your Triple J guides are experts at spotting wildlife and the afternoon tea set up on the riverbank is a popular option.
- The Kimberley has 80% of Western Australia’s total divertible water resources, with less than 1% currently in use.
- The hydroelectric power generation station at the Ord River Dam is the largest single contributor to renewed energy electricity generation in the north of the state.
Facts / Pricing
|Senior||Seniors card holder: $175.00|
|Child||Children: $145.00 (3-15yrs — infants to be nursed)|
|Notes||Pick up: Commences @ 12 noon (November to March) Return: 6.00pm (Sunset) - This tour does not include a ground tour of Lake Argyle or Durack Homestead. Please have lunch before departure.|
Operates: All Year (subject to minumum numbers & availability)
Pick Up: Commences @ 11.30am (April to October)
Return: 5.30pm (Sunset) (April to October)
Call 1300 197 351 for up to date availability.