Horizontal Falls was once described by naturalist and broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough as “One of the world’s great natural wonders.” Known as Garaanngaddim by traditional owners the Dambimangari, Horizontal Falls is a natural phenomenon that is mysterious, mesmerising, and magnificent. Nicknamed ‘The Horries,’ the falls are an unusual natural wonder where some of the highest tides in the world help to create a horizontal waterfall.
Located in a remote area on the coast of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, Horizontal Falls are created by fast-moving tidal currents squeezing through two narrow gorges. The water is forced at an incredible rate like rapids, to form what appear like waterfalls that have been turned on their side. The gorges are part of the McLarty Range in Talbot Bay (Ganbadba) in the Buccaneer Archipelago and are only accessible by air or water.
Welcome to an unforgettable journey to Broome, Western Australia's hidden gem. Immerse yourself in the beauty and excitement of this unique destination. Explore the Buccaneer Archipelago on a thrilling seaplane flight to Talbot Bay, where you'll witness the awe-inspiring Horizontal Falls up close. Dive into the world of pearls with a guided tour of the Willie Creek Pearl Farm, including a scenic cruise. Experience the magic of a sunset camel ride along Cable Beach and uncover the secrets of the ancient world with a visit to 120 million-year-old dinosaur footprints. Cruise the pristine waters of Talbot Bay and admire the architectural wonder of Beagle Bay Church. Journey to the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, explore Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, and be captivated by the marine wonders at One Arm Point Trochus Hatchery and Aquarium. With expert guidance and a memorable culinary journey included, this is your ticket to an unforgettable Broome adventure. Join us and create memories that will last a lifetime!
For thousands of years, Dambimangari people have depended on and cared for their traditional land and saltwater country. The area remains one of the last relatively undamaged coastal areas in the world.
You can get closer to the action on a relaxing cruise through the surrounding bays and creeks of this pristine wilderness area. Adventure seekers can take a thrilling adrenaline-packed boat ride and experience the force of the raging waters as they’re pushed between the towering cliffs.
There are no roads to this part of the Buccaneer Archipelago, so most people get to the Horizontal Falls area on a luxury turbo-prop jet seaplane. The flight takes around one and a quarter hours from Broome (Rubibi) and about 40 minutes from Derby flying over the stunning islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago before landing on the calm waters of Talbot Bay. Helicopters also fly tourists to Horizontal Falls.
Take an action-packed adventure to Horizontal Falls on a Fun Over 50’s Western Australian or Top End holiday.
The Dambimangari are the traditional owners of Horizontal Falls which are situated in the ancestral country of the saltwater people. The traditional owners have exclusive possession native title over the area which is Aboriginal Reserve Land - reserved for the use and benefit of Aboriginal people.
The Lalang-garram /Horizontal Falls marine park was created in 2016 as part of the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy. The Dambimangari people chose the name Lalang-garram. It’s a Worrorra word relating to the ocean and translates to the saltwater as a spiritual place, a place of natural abundance.
The best time to visit Horizontal Falls is during the Kimberley's dry season, which typically falls between April and September. During these months, the weather is more predictable and the tidal variations are more pronounced, creating the most dramatic and thrilling waterfall effect.
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