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Last week we were able to do some more exploring in the Kimberley Region. As you can read in our previous post, we already visited Kununurra last month. This time we decided to go to Lake Argyle, which is only about a hour away from Kununurra. It isn’t without reason that this lake is called the Jewel of the Kimberley. It’s just absolutely gorgeous.

Lake Argyle

The lake is a man-made water reservoir and is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. If you’re planning to travel from Darwin, Lake Argyle is one of your first stops in the Kimberley, but if you’re driving from Broome it’s one of your last stops. The lake is located at the border of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Luckily, you don’t necessarily need a 4×4 wheel drive to get there, as there is a sealed road up to the lake. You can already see a lot by driving along the lake, and the views are impressive. However, it’s also possible to take a scenic flight over the lake, or a cruise on the lake to encounter the diverse wildlife.

A day of relaxation…

There is actually just one accommodation we could find that is located at the lake, namely the Lake Argyle Resort. This resort offers camping and caravan sites ($17.50 for unpowered sites and $26.50 for powered sites), but no need to worry if you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious. The Lake Argyle Resort offers different accommodation as well, such as cabins with a beautiful view of the lake (it’s just a bit more pricy). You can also decide to only visit the resort during the day instead of staying for the night. For $10 you can get a day pass to take a swim in the amazing infinity pool that looks over the lake. Of course you can also grab a bite to eat at the restaurant in the resort after your swim!

…Or a day of adventure?

You can call us lazy, but this time we did a lot of relaxation and spent a large part of our day at the infinity pool. As we work a lot of hours per week, we make sure we get our time out when we can. But for you adventure seekers, there is enough to do at Lake Argyle. If you do not fancy a whole day at the pool, what about a hike along the lake? At the resort you can just walk in and ask for directions for one of the bushwalking tracks. Other activities you can undertake at the lake: all kinds of watersports, fishing, mountain biking, canoeing and of course: swimming. Be aware that there are fresh water crocodiles in the lake, but if you don’t approach them or bother them, they won’t bother you. Make sure to take a look at the website of Lake Argyle for more information about the activities and about upcoming events!

Picnicking and gorgeous views

After visiting the infinity pool, you can drive up to the Main Ord Dam. First of all; enjoy the beautiful view of the dam while driving up there. Second of all, take some snacks and have a lovely picnic next to the dam! After this be sure to drive up the hills to get an even better and higher view of Lake Argyle.

Check out some images from our little getaway to Lake Argyle


Tip: If you don’t feel like eating breakfast at the resort, or if you’re planning to stay in Kununurra anyway – have brekkie at Wild Mango Cafe. You won’t regret it (yum).

Our next trip will be next week and we can’t wait. We will visit the Wolfe Creek Crater, so keep your eyes peeled for more amazing spots in the outback!


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