Lake Argyle, the Kimberley Australia's North West and CJ Maddock

Visit Lake Argyle

Lake Argyle is approximately 75km by road from Kununurra, via the Victoria Highway. You can take the leisurely and scenic…

Lake Argyle

Lake Argyle is one of the largest man-made lakes in the southern hemisphere and home to more than 70 islands.

Created by the Ord River Dam, it's classified as an inland sea and at its peak in the green season Lake Argyle holds a staggering 10.7 billion cubic metres of water at full supply level. That's more than 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour.

Lake Argyle is approximately 75km by road from Kununurra, via the Victoria Highway. You can take the leisurely and scenic 40-minute drive from Kununurra through the Carr Boyd Ranges to Lake Argyle's shores, or to appreciate its immensity, hop on a scenic flight - you can even go by float plane and land on the lake. You can also cruise from Kununurra along the Ord River to Lake Argyle.

The immense freshwater lake formed by the damning of the mighty Ord River has created an amazing marine environment which now offers a wide range of adventures and activities beginning at the Lake Argyle village. A wildlife cruise of the lake's shoreline and islands will give you close encounters with an incredible variety of native fauna, from fresh water crocodiles, fish and wallabies to more than 240 species of birds - almost one third of Australia's total known species.

If you're feeling more energetic, hit the network of bushwalking trails or the mountain bike trail and enjoy the scenery and tranquillity of Lake Argyle at your own pace. Boats may be launched at the boat ramp to take advantage of the fishing, cruising and water skiing opportunities at the lake. Before launching, purchase a chart to help you navigate the lakes waters and islands, and ask for more safety information. There are also fishing opportunities along the foreshore.

The sealed road continues past Lake Argyle Village across the dam wall towards the day use picnic area at the base of the Dam, with shaded picnic tables and amenities and a view of the Hydro Electric power station.  Some scenic lookouts are located along the road and along the top of the Dam wall itself. Please note that caravans may not be towed along this part of the road.

Accommodation and camping is available at the Lake Argyle Resort and Caravan Park.

Lake Argyle Tours

  • Lot 530B Lake Argyle Road
  • (08) 91 687 687

Imagine living in a place where crocodiles outnumber humans; where the sea is your front yard (an inland sea, that is); where flocks of birds can number into the tens of thousands; and where each day’s sunset has the potential to be the best you’ve ever seen. When Greg began…

  • 4A Coolibah drive
  • (08) 9168 2682

The beauty of Australia’s longest continuous river cruise is how it passes through a variety of landscapes, from the wide expanse of Lake Kununurra through the magnificent Carlton Gorge along the age-old Ord River – 55km in total, from Kununurra to the Ord Top Dam. Since…

  • 08 9168 2653

Kimberley Air Tours offer spectacular air tours by seaplane and fixed wing aircraft to the many iconic destinations in the Kimberley, such as the World Heritage Listed Bungle Bungle Range, magnificent Lake Argyle, the iconic Mitchell Falls, the Kimberley Coast and the famous…

  • 1300 663 369

Embark on a journey off the beaten track with our signature guided and self-guided overnight canoe trips on the Ord River from Lake Argyle to Kununurra. Explore the magnificent Ord River, where ancient landscapes and unspoilt nature combine to create an experience you’ll cherish…

Close to Lake Argyle, the Argyle Downs Homestead Museum is set in the original Durack family Argyle Downs Homestead, which was reconstructed stone by stone at its…