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!