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“Yellow Chat Island”

Lake Argyle Cruises
Ranked #2 of 19 Tours in Kununurra
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: LAKE ARGYLE CRUISES is the original tour company on Lake Argyle. We offer a range of scenic cruises catering for individual travellers as well as tour groups. Our fleet of purpose built vessels offer comfortable seating and unobstructed views that leave many customers exclaiming words such as “amazing”, “breathtaking”, and “unbelievable”. Lake Argyle is Australia’s largest expanse of fresh water. It boasts over 26 species of native fish and supports a commercial fishery as well as the newly established Aquaculture industry. Latest research estimates up to 25,000 Johnstone River Fresh Water crocodiles inhabit Lake Argyle, Rock Wallabies thrive in rocky crevices close to the water’s edge, Eros (Wallaroos) on the islands have adapted to feed on the lakes aquatic plants. We specialise in observing wildlife, but due to the nature of wild animals it cannot be guaranteed you will see all that is described in this brochure. At Lake Argyle village above the Main Dam you will find motel style cabins, shop, bar, restaurant and a caravan park. Drop in and try the local catch, “Silver Cobbler” delivered fresh daily. Nearby is the Historical Durack Family Homestead Museum. The inland sea was created in 1971, by damming the mighty Ord River, forming a storage reservoir to supply one of the country’s largest and most ambitious irrigation schemes. What was once “Argyle Downs”, a million acre cattle station, is now an immense body of water amid a largely untamed and rugged wilderness in the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Aptly named “Lake Argyle”, this majestic waterway can at times encompass and area of more than 2000 km2, a volume of water equivalent to 54 Sydney harbours. With its ever changing moods and landscapes it has developed into a unique eco-system, home to an amazing array of wildlife. There is no better was to capture all of this outstanding beauty than to take a cruise with Lake Argyle Cruises. We offer a selection of tours catering for the individual traveller as well as large tour groups. Specialised charters such as bird watching, bush walking and exploration can be arranged with prior notice.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 2 September 2015

I've been on many birdwatching tours, but this one easily counts as the most impressive. Host Greg Smith proved kind, hospitable and he 'knew his stuff,' but unlike many who do he didn't drown us in a deluge of facts. There were only a handful of others joining me and my partner on the tour: Birders from which I could pick up a thing or two. When Greg asked us what birds we would like to spot, these birders, better prepared than myself for that question, asked to try for the Yellow Chat. I am very much into parrots and must admit I had not heard of this apparently quite elusive little bird, but soon found myself caught up in their enthousiasm. So we set out on this 'quest,' amidst a beautiful environment of the bluest water, multi-coloured rocks. On the way we saw Red-winged Parrots, White-bellied Sea Eagles complete with nest and chick, Jacana, Freshies, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Australian Pelicans, Magpie Geese and much more.
The comfortable boat landed at a small grassy, treeless island. After a twenty-minute walk we spotted quite a few of the small critters (I counted two females, a juvenile male, and three saffron-coloured adult males). These Yellow Chats proved curious, quite 'approachable' and even a little vain - seemingly posing for our cameras. The birds perched at such a distance that the results of my own Sonyhx400v with a 50 zoom were not really behind those of the awe-inspiring guns of the birders. On the way back we were treated to a quartet of Short-eared Rock Wallabys (sorry, quintet - I forgot a pouched joey). They too came quite close, and it was a treat to see them just outside their rocky homes. The six-hour trip was over before we knew it.
A truly recommendable experience, though I think it is more suitable for serious birders than families with young children, although Greg Smith would probably conjur up something nice for them as well - should they show up at 5.30. So if you are visiting The Kimberley/Kununurra and into birds/wildlife, whatever you do, don't miss out on this trip.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

We commenced our cruise from the Caravan Park at Lake Argyle with Greg picking us up in the bus. We joined 7 others on the boat cruise which ended in the dark.

The highlight for me was to "jump in the Lake" at two locations for a fantastic dip with dip and crackers served on a floating esky lid and a glass of bubbles. You could only do that in your swimming pool without fear of something eating you. If you are in the Kimberley, check out the tour with Greg - Lake Argyle Cruises!

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Shelagh L
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Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

"It was Amazing" (quote). Fabulous staff. Incredible scenery. Wonderful wildlife and scenery. Swimming in the lake with a noodle and a glass of champagne was a highlight.

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Meg133
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Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

Our host, Greg, was down to earth and had lighted hearted humour to compliment his strong knowledge on the inception of the lake and much more. It was a pleasure to be part of the experience and to be encouraged to enjoy it all. The sighting of the Jabirus was the cherry to it all. We hIghly recommend using lake argyle cruises.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 22 August 2015

A holiday makers must do sunset cruise.Our boat driver/tour leader was excellent with great knowledge of history /current information on Lake Argyle.The Caravan park was good and the pool superb.A great place to unwind.

Date of experience: August 2015
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