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“Amazed at how big the lake is” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lake Argyle Cruises

Lake Argyle Cruises
Ranked #1 of 16 Tours in Kununurra
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: LAKE ARGYLE CRUISES is the original tour company on Lake Argyle. We offer a range of scenic cruises catering for individual travellers as well as tour groups. Our fleet of purpose built vessels offer comfortable seating and unobstructed views that leave many customers exclaiming words such as “amazing”, “breathtaking”, and “unbelievable”. Lake Argyle is Australia’s largest expanse of fresh water. It boasts over 26 species of native fish and supports a commercial fishery as well as the newly established Aquaculture industry. Latest research estimates up to 25,000 Johnstone River Fresh Water crocodiles inhabit Lake Argyle, Rock Wallabies thrive in rocky crevices close to the water’s edge, Eros (Wallaroos) on the islands have adapted to feed on the lakes aquatic plants. We specialise in observing wildlife, but due to the nature of wild animals it cannot be guaranteed you will see all that is described in this brochure. At Lake Argyle village above the Main Dam you will find motel style cabins, shop, bar, restaurant and a caravan park. Drop in and try the local catch, “Silver Cobbler” delivered fresh daily. Nearby is the Historical Durack Family Homestead Museum. The inland sea was created in 1971, by damming the mighty Ord River, forming a storage reservoir to supply one of the country’s largest and most ambitious irrigation schemes. What was once “Argyle Downs”, a million acre cattle station, is now an immense body of water amid a largely untamed and rugged wilderness in the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Aptly named “Lake Argyle”, this majestic waterway can at times encompass and area of more than 2000 km2, a volume of water equivalent to 54 Sydney harbours. With its ever changing moods and landscapes it has developed into a unique eco-system, home to an amazing array of wildlife. There is no better was to capture all of this outstanding beauty than to take a cruise with Lake Argyle Cruises. We offer a selection of tours catering for the individual traveller as well as large tour groups. Specialised charters such as bird watching, bush walking and exploration can be arranged with prior notice.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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“Amazed at how big the lake is”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

I'm so glad we went in this cruise, I was amazed at how large the lake is, the tour guide was very informative with the history of the area & especially of Lake Argyle . His knowledge of the Wildlife was interesting and he has a passion for looking after the ecosystem. We fed many different species of fish , I don't know how he remembers all the different names , we saw crocodiles & wallabies.
At sunset we had champagne & a dip platter as we floated on a noodle in the lake . It was awesome.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Amazing! Must see & do!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

Wow the enormity & beauty of lake is amazing! Having already done the flight over for Bungle Bungles; then by boat was amazing!
Tour guide was full of knowledge; funny they drop you off for a swim less than 500m from crocodile breeding area! But water is so fresh & relaxing.
Nibbles & Champers + Kimberley sunset must do!

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Umina Beach, Australia
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“Put it on your "Bucket List" and just do it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

A great day, this lake is a amassing man made structure and JJJ do a great job showing you around it. They put a lovely morning tea on, the comminatory was very interesting and very good and the side trip to the Durack Homestead excellent.

Visited May 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“Five stars for the cruise, but none for respect.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

The cruise was very comfortable, the scenery spectacular and the tour operator both welcoming and knowledgeable about the lake and its construction. However no mention was made of the people who were dispossessed by the creation of the lake - and local history apparently started with the arrival of the Duracks.
While I hadn't expected a "Welcome to Country" as I'd assumed it would be difficult for traditional owners - or their descendants - to welcome anyone to the water above their land, I did expect that they and their loss would be acknowledged. They weren't. In fact the only oblique reference to them was when the operator shared his thoughts on local arsonists.

I went looking for more information the next day, and found some in "The Man from the Sunrise Side" by Ambrose Mungala Chalarimeri. Perhaps the cruise operators could include links to this and other such books in their commentaries and website.

Visited October 2012
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Exmouth, Australia
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“best of lake argyle cruise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

FANTASTIC. We went for the six hour (plus) cruise with 4 children on board. It was an amazing day and we felt truly immersed in the day and the experience. There was something for everyone and Both Greg (bus) and Matt on the tour let us know what was going to happen for the day. It was so packed with interesting things to see and do and the day kept going on and on (in a good way!!). We came off the boat so thrilled to have spent the day (and our money) with this company. The only problem is that no other cruise on our 3 month holiday has come close to as good as this one.

Visited August 2012
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