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Horizontal Falls

The Horizontal Falls is one of the hero experiences of the Kimberley’s. Caused by the extremely large tides that occur in the Kimberley Region passing through narrow gorges, creating the falls. David Attenborough described the Horizontal Falls as "one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”.

The Horizontal falls, located in the Buccaneer Archipelago, are made up of 2 gorges one that is 20m wide and the other is only 10m wide. As the tide ebbs and flows, water builds up in the bays either side of the gorges.

The falls are caused by the large tides in the Kimberley’s – at times up to 10m difference between high and low tides – and the water building up on one side of the gorge fast than it can travel through the gap. The fast flow of water through the gorge creates a ‘waterfall’ that can be up to 4m in height difference on either side.

During the highest tidal differences, there can be more and 1 Million Litres of water passing through the gap every second.

Here is what you can expect from a day trip to the Horizontal Falls from Broome.

The day will start with you being picked up from your accommodation in Broome or Cable beach at around 7am. From there you will be transported to the airport to board the plane to take you on a scenic flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago enroute to Talbot Bay.

Horizontal Falls Sea Plane Adventures will take you direct to Talbot bay with an exhilarating landing on the water before transferring you to their purpose-built luxurious houseboat located just a few hundred metres from the falls. Lunch will be provided on the houseboat and there is also huge marine viewing enclosure, protected from sharks and crocodiles. From the houseboat it is onto the speed boat.

Go Horizontal Falls Tours will fly you to Cockatoo island. Landing at Cockatoo Island you'll see the once-abandoned luxury resort and the iron ore mines of Cockatoo and nearby Koolan island. From here you will board the speed boat for your 2hr cruise to Talbot bay and the falls. Lunch will be provided on the boat

Your captain will guide you back and forth through the falls and share their knowledge of the area with you. The force of the water travelling through the gorges are truly magnificent. Sit back and relax as you cruise back through the pristine wilderness of the surrounding bays

After experiencing the falls, you will be transferred back to either cockatoo island or the sea plane for your return flight back to Broome.

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