From Derby we have had the highlight of our trip so far. Getting to see the Horizontal Falls from both a seaplane and helicopter, a super fast jet boat up through the falls and an overnight stay out on a houseboat, anchored in the very calm Talbot Bay. Amazing!
Flying from the Derby airport, our scenic flight took us over King Sound and the Kimbolton and McLarty Ranges.
Landing in a seaplane was a first for both of us. Talbot Bay is such a tranquil place.
Our first experience out at the houseboat and pontoons was to swim in the shark/croc proof cage while the crew fed a few sharks.
Then it was into the 900hp jet boat for a cruise down Cyclone Creek to take in the rock formations and mangrove creeks.
The exhilaration of going through the Horizontal Falls on the outgoing evening and then again on the early morning tides was awesome. The power of the water rushing through the two narrow gaps was unbelievable. As usual, the photos don’t really capture the reality of the force created by the tides.
Back at the houseboat we watched the sunset and had a lovely dinner.
Next morning we were up at 5:30am for breakfast before a helicopter ride over the area.
On our morning trip to the falls the water coming through at the narrow gap was too dangerous to manoeuvre. The one and a half metre high wall of water on the outgoing tide was creating a large basin at the entrance so definitely not safe to pass through.
The return trip to Derby on the seaplane took us for one more look at the falls then we flew over the barramundi fish farm and back across King Sound.
If you ever have the opportunity to do this tour, we would highly recommend it!
Yes indeed…worth the trip just to do this.
Wow! That looks great. We saw the horizontal falls when we did the boat trip from Darwin to Broome. We also did the boat ride. It was excellent. That trip was one of the best things we have ever done. We didn’t do the helicopter and the pool looks amazing.
It certainly was the highlight of our trip. Just a spectacular place to have an overnight stay. We loved it!
That looks fantastic. Been on our list, but might have to bring it up the order after seeing your photos. Keep on enjoying.
It was such a fabulous experience…one you must put to the top of the list.
Definitely one of the best experiences Anthony and I have had as well…amazing! Brings back memories xx
Yes it is such a great night. We would like to do it again!
It was a really great trip.