Horizontal Falls, The Kimberley
At Talbot Bay, witness Horizontal Falls, the falls unlike any other, where water rushes horizontally through two narrow gorges carved through the McLarty Range. This natural phenomenon is caused by strong tidal currents, creating a waterfall effect.
You’ll see enormous sandstone ridges showcasing geological colours and textures carved out by nature’s forces reflected in the pristine flowing waters. Ride a zodiac through the falls and feel the forceful water swirling around you. Soak in the picturesque scenery, knowing the rock structure is one of the most iconic and photographed views of the Kimberley region. Be on the lookout for wildlife including short-eared rock wallabies and sea eagles.
The Indigenous name for Horizontal Falls Marine Park is Lalang-garram, home to the Dambimangari people. The name Lalang-garram evokes the saltwater as a spiritual place of great natural abundance. The Indigenous name for Horizontal Falls is Garaangaddim. Even Sir David Attenborough referred to this place as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”.
Visit Horizontal Falls on our annual 10 night Kimberley voyages.
“The enormity of the whole process defies the imagination. The beauty for us is just to sit in the comfort of the Explorers & enjoy the spectacular scenery in shade & comfort! Mangroves have colonized the shoreline away from the strong currents & we saw some yellow wattle flowers contrasting with the greens of the hillsides.”
– Guest Lecturer Greg Watson aboard Coral Adventurer, 16 May 2021