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Go Beyond Broome Go Horizontal Falls

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  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Its a typical Sunday morning in Broome with native birds greeting the day. The excitement about our trip escalates as we see the Go Horizontal Falls branded bus pull up to collect us for our airport transfer. Several minutes later we are getting a safety briefing from our pilot, then we board the Cessna Caravan and take off to Cockatoo Island. The one hour flight passes in no time as the scenery is interesting and ever changing as we neared the archipeligo. As we desend to Cockatoo Island remnants of the past mining lease are abundant. The pilot circles the island before landing and we get a great view of several whales just off the island. From the landing strip, its a short bus ride through the old mining village with its curious elevated houses on hill tops, built to take maximum advantage of breezes to help with climate control. 

Waiting for us at the waters edge is a Sea Legs, an amazing amphibious vehicle that gets us from the shore to the fast boat without the need for us to get wet. Once on the fast boat, we take our seats, get a safety briefing then we head off through the Buchaneer Archipelgo toward Talbot Bay and the iconic Horizontal Falls. Our fast boat journey takes about 60 minutes and takes us through some of the most remote and spectular parts of the Kimberley as we slip through a maze of mangrove creeks and waterways. The only other way to access this area is by doing an extended cruise along the Kimberley coast. Just before we reach Talbot Bay we spot some whales, so we slow down and take the time to share a quite moment with a humpback and her calf. Its just us and the whales. 

Next stop, the falls. We are travelling in convoy. Regardless of numbers Go Horizontal Falls always takes two fast boats as a safety measure. This is remote Kimberley. The Horizontal Falls have been described by naturalist David Attenborough as "one of the greatest wonders of the natural world". They are formed from a break in-between the McLarty Ranges. The natural phenomenon is created as the tide builds up faster on one side of the gaps than the other, creating a waterfall up to 5m high on a spring tide. Within each change of the tide, the direction of the falls reverses, creating vast tidal whirlpools. Just before we arrive we are treated to freshly baked home made biscuits (in the middle of some the remotest waterways on the planet and we're enjoying freshly baked biscuits).

We take several runs through the falls on the fast boat, its an adrenaline pumping experience. The sheer force of the water is awe inspiring. After fun in the falls we head to Cylcone Creek where we are treated to lunch. Here we are in some of the remotest waters of the Kimberley, enjoying a delicious lunch. 

After lunch we do a few more run throughs of the falls before heading back to Cockatoo Island. On the way back we stop at one of the countless numbers of remote beaches to explore and enjoy. One of the cliff faces is peppered with pieces of black iron. Looks like a dalmation someone says. We'll now call this Dalmation Beach was the response from our host. 

We leave Dalmation Beach for the last leg to the island and board the Cessna Caravan for the flight home which includes one last look at the falls, this time from the air. 

Everyone on the tour left feeling as if Go Horizontal Falls had over delivered on a unique and exceptional Kimberley experience.  

If you'd like to Go Beyond Broome into the remote Kimberley, Unique Kimberley can book your exceptional experience.

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