Lake Argyle Cruises Sunset Magic Review
During a recent trip to Kununurra, we took a Sunset Magic tour of Lake Argyle. We were picked up in Kununurra and transferred the 70kms, which took 1 hour, to Lake Argyle. Along the way, we had commentary by the driver on the local area, including picking out all the trees and bushes and giving us information on them. We also saw wild horses.
Before we got to Lake Argyle we visited the Durack Homestead Museum which is the reconstructed homestead of the pioneering Durack family, the remains are submerged in Lake Argyle. The homestead was moved stone by stone in the early 1970’s before the dam was filled. A beautiful old home with unique boab trees in the garden.
We got to Lake Argyle and met our skipper and off we went. On an open boat with about 25 other passengers, we headed out to explore the rugged northern end of Lake Argyle, navigating through some of the lakes 90 islands and inlets. Lake Argyle is WA’s largest and Australia’s 2nd largest freshwater man-made reservoir by volume. The skipper provided commentary on the natural history and development of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme.
We saw some rock wallabies who were quite happy to come out and say hello. There was a lot of birdlife and we also got to see the Archerfish, who shoot water up at your hand. There was also a Catfish, also called Silver Cobbler, frenzy. Out sunning himself on the side of the lake we came across a crocodile, not too close but we did get some photos.
At about 5pm the sun began to set, so into the water, some of us went for a sunset swim. We had pool noodles to keep us afloat and were provided with a drink of champagne or beer and also some nibbles on a floating tray. What a way to watch the sun go down over the Carr Boyd Ranges. It really was one of the most memorable times of our trip to the Kimberley. Crazily enough, there was never a thought of the crocodiles!
We then headed back to our starting point arriving back in the dark at about 6pm. Back on the coach and our return trip back to Kununurra. Some very tired travellers, we got back at 7pm and were taken to our accommodation.
Anyone knowing about the Kimberley sunsets would appreciate what a beautiful moment it was to watch the sun going down.
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