Described by David Attenborough as “Australia’s most unusual natural wonder."
The only place in the world where water falls sideways, the Horizontal Falls of the Buccaneer Archipelago is an amazing display of nature. This unique experience demonstrates the awesome power of the massive tidal movements of the waters in Talbot Bay.
As the fast-moving tidal current squeezes through two narrow, closely aligned gorges of the McLarty Range the water banks up against one side of the narrow cliff passage, building up faster than it can flow through the gap, appearing like a waterfall turned on its side.
The direction of the flow reverses with each change of tide. As tides in the Kimberley can reach 10 metres, a peak tide gives rise to a significant difference in the sea level on either side of each gorge.
How to get there:
Located in the Buccaneer Archipelago this unique waterfall is not accessible by vehicle. You can view the Horizontal Falls from the air with a scenic flight from Broome or Derby all year round. Get up close with an extended cruise or visit by seaplane to land at the Horizontal Falls and hold on tight as you take a thrilling boat ride through the rushing water torrents.
While tidal movements are year round, boat rides through the falls operate between April and October. Tour operators can also advise on the best days and times to view the falls. Search for scenic flight tours from Broome and Derby.
Take a thrilling boat ride through the Horizontal Falls.