Take a relaxing Ord River cruise on one the Kimberley’s most scenic waterways through the dramatic red cliffs of the majestic Carr Boyd Range. Learn about the local history while keeping an eye out for curious crocs, interesting fauna, and amazing bird life. Various tour operators take visitors on this incredible journey offering half-day and full-day cruises as well as sunset cruises.
An Ord River cruise is bound to take your breath away as there is something new to discover at every bend. The view of the mighty Ord River from the water gives visitors a greater appreciation for the power and enormity of this significant waterway. Tours leave from and return to Kununurra and are an excellent way to see the diversity of the astonishing area.
Australia's Top End and the Kimberley await with adventures to be had, dreamtime culture to enlighten and glorious nature to explore. Marvel at the termite mounds of Litchfield National Park, see Rock Art and cruise the Yellow Water wetlands in Kakadu, discover Katherine Gorge and the Ord River, soar above the Bungle Bungles, see the Derby Boab Tree for yourself, then finish with a camel ride on stunning Cable Beach.
When you board a mighty Ord River cruise, you’ll understand the aboriginal name for the starting point of Kununurra. It means ‘big waters’ or ‘the meeting of the waters.’ The Ord River is 650 kilometres long and has a catchment area of approximately 55,000 square kilometres making it one of the major rivers of the Kimberley region.
The Ord River cruise operators have experienced tour guides who happily share their knowledge. They have an impressive understanding of the river’s ecosystems created by the dam and will explain the ecology and point out wildlife along the way.
In this area, the crocodiles outnumber the humans, many times over. Freshwater crocs live at Lake Argyle and in the Upper Ord River while their saltwater cousins make their home in the Lower Ord River. The river is also a haven for birds, and you may also catch a glimpse of wallabies and the Kimberley rock rat.
Created by the Ord River dam, massive Lake Argyle is WA’s largest man-made freshwater reservoir holding an astonishing 10.7 billion cubic metres of water – that’s more than 18 times the amount of water in Sydney Harbour!
Lake Argyle has an estimated 35,000 freshwater crocodiles, is home to 26 species of native fish including barramundi and is an important bird area with more than 240 species of birds - almost one-third of the known species in Australia. The Lake Argyle area hosts 150,000 waterbirds including migratory wader bird species that fly in from the northern hemisphere.
Part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme, Lake Argyle is the largest reservoir of freshwater in Australia when in flood, after Lake Pedder in Tasmania at normal supply level. A scenic flight over Lake Argyle is the only way to gain a true appreciation of its vastness and beauty.
The Ord is called ‘mighty’ for good reason. At 650 kilometres long, with a catchment area of around 55,000 square kilometres, it’s one of the major rivers of the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
The mighty Ord River rises near Halls Creek and flows through the man-made freshwater reservoir of Lake Argyle and Lake Kununurra emptying into the Cambridge Gulf.
There are several operators taking visitors on Ord River cruises. They vary in length from half day to full day with some including a sunset cruise. Some serve morning tea, afternoon tea, a BBQ lunch, or a campground dinner. One of the longest cruises is 55 kilometres in total, from Kununurra to the Ord Top Dam.
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