Sunday, July 5, 2015

Horizontal Falls, WA.

The Horizontal Falls Adventure did not live up to the all the hype as far as Judy and I were concerned. There are two gaps through which the tidal water flows, one is 11 metres and the other is 7.5 metres. We did go through the wide gap several times but they would not take us through the narrow gap, stating that it was too dangerous. We purposely delayed our excursion to the 'Falls' to coincide with the large disparity between the High and Low Tides that occurs with a Full Moon. We were seeking the maximum thrill for our dollar. Sadly this did not occur. If this 'Falls Adventure' had of been in New Zealand patrons would have received 'The Full Monty' of adventure. No, I am not a Kiwi!

Having opened with that paragraph, the overall day was quite an experience. This part of The Globe is totally unique and we are happy that we have been there. We were looked after in a very professional manner for the total 6 hours of our Half Day Tour. Part of this was a sumptuous lunch of huge portions of BBQ Barramundi and Salad.

In the air, en route to Talbot Bay. The tide is rising but only covers all the mud flats with the Spring Tides that occur during the Equinoxes.

Approaching Talbot Bay we fly over Cyclone Creek.

The two gaps of the Horizontal Falls. The nearer is 11 meters and the gap in the background measures 7.5 metres across. The depth of water through both gaps is about 40 metres.

Approaching the Pontoons that are the Base Station of the operation.

Disembarking from the 14 seater seaplane.

There is even a helicopter located here. Hire fee is $100 per ten minutes which is comparable with other areas.

At one point there were four of these seaplanes at Talbot Bay. Here one is taking off and the nearer one is cruising out to the 'take off' zone.

On board the Pontoons we were repeatedly warned not to fall overboard as there were sharks galore in the Bay. The sharks are fed by the crew on a regular basis so that keeps them near the Pontoons. These sharks are not caged they can come and go as they please.

We were also taken for an exploratory cruise up Cyclone Creek as part of our day. The commentary along the way was very informative.

Even several kilometres up stream the tidal in rush as a visible effect. Large Vortexes and swirls in the water are clearly visible.

Jude is relaxed!

I am pretty cool too!

The swirl and turbulence of the tidal rush through the large gap. Not seen in this photograph, but the difference in water levels at this point is about 3 metres.

At the narrow gap the difference in water levels is about 4 metres and the turbulence is far greater.

The crew reversed our boat into the narrow gap to about mid point. The difference in water levels is more apparent here.

From the rear of the boat looking back through the narrow gap.

This was the other boat, in the same position we were in, where the previous two photographs were recorded.

High Tide around The Buccaneer Archipelago under our wings as we fly back to Derby.

We fly over a Commercial Barramundi Farm.

The island from which the Barramundi Farm is serviced. This island is extremely remote.

Back at Derby we overfly the Derby Jetty.

Part of Derby township and The Kimberley Entrance Caravan Park. The CP is the treed triangle in the centre of the photograph. Home to over 200 sites of various sizes. The mud flats in the background are only covered during Spring Tides.

1 comment:

  1. Hi

    It a great place to go once and what a thrill it was for us, it a large set for only 6 to 8 months a year, OHS takes over every where now,

    It's a great day out but a wee bit expensive but I got over it

    Cheers Jim and Lee