Ride the Horizontal Falls Western Australia

  

Ride the Horizontal Falls Western Australia

Located deep within the pristine environment of Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago, the Horizontal Falls are considered one of the greatest natural wonder of the world. You can either observe this phenomenon by air or by sea in the remote and untouched Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The Horizontal Falls consists of two narrow gorges (one is only six metres wide while the other is 24 metres wide), and they run parallel to each other, standing approximately 300 metres apart. The first and most seaward gap is around 20 metres wide, while the second one is just 10 metres wide. As soon as the tide sweeps into them, the water builds up in front of the gaps faster than it can flow through, creating a waterfall effect. The variation in the tides can be up to 10 metres, which makes it one of the largest tidal changes in the world. The big difference is that instead of other waterfalls, this one runs horizontally, making it look like water is spilling across the bay's surface.
As soon as the mountainous tide changes, the tidal range in this area is from eight to nine metres and it rises to an astonishing 13 metres on the summer king tide. This is the equivalent of all the water in Sydney Harbour racing through these gorges.
You can make the most of this experience with either a fast boat ride or a seaplane flight from up above, or alternatively you can take an scenic helicopter ride over the top.
Fly a seaplane across the inhospitable and uninhabited landscape of the Buccaneer Archipelago and dips over Talbot Bay. The view from the air leads you to believe that they are white-water rapids, the tide rushing through the gorges is actually falling like a waterfall; that is why the English naturalist David Attenborough named them the Horizontal Falls.
The best way to experience this natural wonder is by Seaplane. Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures runs the rapids in purpose-built boats which are powered by two 186kW engines. Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures allow you to experience falling from the calm waters above the falls through a boiling cauldron flanked by cliffs into Talbot Bay. The tour operator runs six-hour and day-long trips from Broome and Derby. You can also stay overnight in a houseboat, which also includes meals.
This family owned and operated tour company has been providing luxury adventures in the Kimberley since 2006. “With a fleet of five Cessna Caravans, one helicopter, three fast boats and three houseboats, we welcome over 10,000 people each year to the unspoilt natural wonders of northern WA,” they claim on their website. “Owner Troy Thomas has been involved in Western Australia's tourism industry since starting his own Broome fishing charter at 18 years of age and takes great pleasure in introducing people to a place he has called home his entire life.”
“Operated by a close knit team of family and close friends, Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures are the perfect choice when it comes to exploring Horizontal Falls and the Kimberley.”
This is an unmissable experience if you happen to visit Western Australia. It was actually described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.”

 

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