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Cruise The Horizontal Falls

Cruise The Horizontal Falls

Sir David Attenborough once described Western Australia’s Horizontal Falls as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world” and it’s easy to see why when you’re up close and personal with this phenomenon.


The Horizontal Falls are quite simply that – waterfalls going horizontal instead of vertical.  Let me explain.The falls come about from two gaps in the McLarty Ranges, in the Buccanneer Archipelago, Western Australia.  The first is up to about 25 metres wide and the second which is even more impressive is 10 metres. The seawater builds up on one side faster than the other, creating a waterfall that can reach up to 5m high on a King tide.  Each time the tide changes, the falls reverse so you get a crazy mix of tidal whirlpools that is really quite spectacular.


What is the best way to see the falls?  Well, on some tides you can take boats through one or both of the gaps to the bay behind.  If you’re cruising from Broome to Darwin, or vice versa, the ships tenders will take you close in or for the best view, a scenic flight can’t be beat.  Flights are offered by some cruise lines as optional extras.  Whichever way you see them, be sure to have your camera ready!