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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT OUR TOUR
Do you go cuckoo for birds? Then you’ll love our half day bird-watching expedition of Lake Argyle, a designated RAMSAR Wetland due to the large number and variety of birdlife found here. Over 240 species of birds have been recorded on or around the lake including Yellow Chat, Purple Crowned Fairy Wren and the Long Toed Stint. At times, individual flocks of certain species can number in the tens of thousands.
Lake Argyle has also gained a reputation as one of the best locations in Australia to observe certain species that are often difficult to find elsewhere. A number of well-known birdwatchers regularly bring their clients to us, knowing that our experience and ability to ﬁnd sought-after species is second to none. On previous trips, guests have been pleasantly surprised at sighting up to 113 bird species in one day! Lake Argyle Cruises’ owner, Greg, is a keen birdwatcher and he especially enjoys leading these trips. Please book in advance to arrange a departure to suit your itinerary.
Includes: Light breakfast, snacks, morning tea and coffee
Average Duration: 6 hours
Note: 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 our services.
Imagine living in a place where crocodiles outnumber humans; where you’re hours from the coast, but the sea is your front yard (an inland sea, that is); where flocks of birds can number into the tens of thousands; and where each day’s sunset has the potential to be the best you’ve ever seen.
When Greg began operating in 1999, he knew he’d never tire of showing this incredible part of the world to others. Two decades (and thousands of guests later) Lake Argyle Cruises remains the number one choice for exploring this magnificent part of the Kimberley.
Our fleet of purpose-built cruise vessels offer comfortable seating and unobstructed views, immersing you into the breathtaking landscape that the Eastern Kimberley is renowned for. Our team’s passion and knowledge, together with our fantastic products have earned us the Holy Grail for any tour company – a five star rating and Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor.
Whether you’re spotting for wildlife during one of our cruises, hiring a dinghy and throwing in a line, drifting across the water on a stand-up paddle board, or soaking in the magic of an East Kimberley sunset, you’ll experience the heart and soul of Lake Argyle with us, Lake Argyle Cruises!
Dress ‘Kimberley casual’ – shorts, t-shirt and sandals. Don’t forget your hat, sunscreen, camera and binoculars! If you are sensitive to the cold, bring a light jacket to wear while we are motoring. Wear your swimwear and pack a towel for your swim at the end of the cruise. Warm clothing may be required from June to August.
“We can heartily recommend the Lake Argyle bird watching cruise. We set off at dawn with just another couple and the guide and had a wonderful day. Breakfast was eaten in an inlet where we were surrounded by jacanas close to a pair of sea eagles feeding young. We also travelled to an island to see yellow chats. The scenery was spectacular and we truly loved every minute of the day. So peaceful and much more to offer than the usual crowded tourist trips.”
lorna2016, Jan Juc, Australia
“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 enthusiasm. 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 conjure 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.”
faun070, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
“Very enjoyable half day spent with Greg and the birds. Yellow chat, sandstone shrike-thrush and white-quilled rock-pigeon probably the stand out species amongst all the others to be seen.”
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
Lake Argyle is home to around 260 species of bird life. Common bird’s regularly seen on our bird watching cruise include: Yellow Chat, Sandstone Shrike-Thrush, White-Quilled Rock Pigeons, Pictorella Mannikins, various Sand Pipers & Dotterels & Plovers.
Depending on the time of year, you may also see: Painted Snipe, Long Toed Stint & Little Curlew. For a full list, click the link below.
If you have a specific bird species you are wanting to spot, please contact our office and speak to our sales team to discuss this further on +61 (080 91 687 687
We require all passengers to meet their skipper at the bottom of the Lake Argyle boat ramp on the morning of their cruise. Start times are very early, therefore we recommend staying at the Lake Argyle Resort the night prior.
We also suggest coming into our office the day prior to clarify the starting point and what to bring.
We supply cold water, tea & coffee and sweat biscuits throughout the cruise.
A light breakfast of cereals, raisin bread, fruit, yoghurt and juice is provided.
Fresh local melons for morning tea.
A selection of snacks throughout the cruise.
Yes, please mention at time of booking what your dietary requirements are. If you are concerned about severe allergies, your more than welcome to bring your own food and drink. Please make your allergy known to the skipper at the start of the cruise to ensure no cross contamination.
You most certainly can, we just ask that you keep the items in a small cooler bag such as an insulated shopping bag and store these items under your seat.
We do have limitations due to the size of our boat, what our capacity is on the day and movability around the boat.
Please contact our sales team to discuss further 08 91 687 687.
Unfortunately not, we do have room restrictions on board our boats.
Please feel free to call our sales team to discuss your options 08 91 687 687.
During the months of June to August it can get cold out at Lake Argyle.
We recommend bringing a jumper or jacket and/or a change of clothes.
Yes, both on board our boats and at our office.
Certainly, we do have freshwater crocodiles in Lake Argyle but these creatures don’t actively hurt humans. We swim in the deeper parts of Lake Argyle where they frequent less.
Lake Argyle is 70kms from Kununurra. The drive should take approx 50 minutes, but we recommend giving yourself an hour travel time.
Certainly is, Lake Argyle Road is sealed the whole way. There are some spots you will need to slow down due to the condition of the road and you do need to check the road conditions in the ‘wet season’.
It will be dark by the time this cruise finishes. We advise to pay extra attention on the road as there is stray wildlife. We also advise to drink responsibly on the cruise.
Alternatively, we do offer return transfers from Kununurra. Please contact our sales team for more information 08 91687 687.
Pop into our office, located 200 metres past the Lake Argyle Resort, our sales team will be happy to point out other points of interest.
There are many activities to do here at Lake Argyle including the Durack Homestead Museum, Walks and Look Outs, Infinity Pool, Canoe/Kayak and Paddle board Hire, Swimming, Fishing, Birdwatching, Scenic Flights, Pontoon and Dinghy Hire.
Whilst here come and browse through our amazing Zebra Rock collection and other lovely collectibles.