Lake Argyle is Australia’s largest freshwater lake, covering over 1000 square kilometres and with over 900km of shoreline. Although it is a reservoir, the lake has become a tourist destination where it is possible to launch a boat from the boat ramp to enjoy fishing or to swim or enjoy water sports. There are also a number of cruises to choose from to get a sense of the immense size of the lake. We opted to join the Kimberley Durack Lunch Cruise to learn more about this man-made waterway.
Before joining the cruise we had the opportunity to watch a documentary about the development of the Lake and the history of the Ord River irrigation project, giving us some background knowledge of the whole scheme; it was interesting to see how the project was developed.
Pick up was at 10:15am from the reception at Lake Argyle Resort and we were taken by bus to meet the boat The Kimberley Durack for our cruise. Our guides welcomed us aboard, gave a quick talk on the boat and its facilities – toilets, life jackets, drinking water etc. – and we set off at a leisurely pace; the destination was one of the small islands dotted around the lake. Along the way the guides told us of the history of the lake and pointed out things of interest whilst keeping up a cheerful banter.
After about an hour we pulled up on the shore of a small island where we had the chance to stretch our legs whilst fossicking for Ochre which we were told we could souvenir. Ochre is the traditional material used by the indigenous people to do their artwork.
A lunch of BBQ fish along with a buffet of cold meats and salads was prepared by our guides which was served with a choice of beer, wine and soft drinks and a dessert of fresh fruits.
After lunch we took the opportunity to go for a swim in the lake- well some of us did! I was all for it; even with the knowledge that there are approximately 30000 freshwater crocodiles that habitate those waters, but half way in I got a nip on my toe by an inquisitive fish and that was me straight out of the water! Anyway my husband and friends reported that the water was “refreshing”.
After our ( sorry, their) swim, it was back on board for the trip back to meet the bus, and return back to the resort where I was more than happy to get wet in the infinity pool.
Kimberly Durack Lunch Cruise
PH: 9168 7777
Departs: Daily 10.15am – 1.30pm from Lake Argyle Resort, Kununurra
Cost: Adults – $125
Seniors – $120
Child (3-15yrs) $70
Family (2A 2C) $370
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