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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT OUR TOUR

The ultimate air, land and sea journey combining Diamonds, Dreamtime Stories and a breathtaking Sunset Cruise.

Departing Kununurra at 7am via light aircraft, we follow the  ‘Jaliwang’ (Barramundi) Journey along the Dunham River. Enjoy great views over the Sandalwood plantations; the glorious Ragged Ranges and Argyle Diamonds mine-site at Matso Range. After 50 minutes we land at Warmun Community near Ted’s home on Glen Hill Station (Mandangala), where we are welcomed with a traditional ‘Muntha’ ceremony. We enjoy traditional billy tea and damper at the world-renowned Warmun Arts before Gidja artists guide us through the gallery.

We are joined by local man Ted Hall. Ted is one of the Miriuwung and Gidga traditional owners of the Argyle Diamond Mine Site, hear Ted share his mother’s enchanting story of the Jaliwang.

Next, a coach takes us through the ‘back road’ to the Argyle Diamond Mine. Once through security, we look out over the processing plant while our Luridgii guide tells of the geological formation and the discovery of diamonds on their country. We learn about how the mine has benefited his people, but also about the sorrow at the desecration of this important sacred site. Our Luridgii guide will show us some of the largest diamonds ever extracted. At the mine-site village we’ll enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch and refreshments.

Next, we join Lake Argyle Cruises for an afternoon and Sunset Cruise across the full length of Lake Argyle. Enjoy birdwatching while cruising one of the river systems on the lower part of Lake Argyle with your expert guide Greg Smith. Stop at Remote Island and fossick for the beautiful Zebra Rock and learn about this amazing lakes history. We enjoy a sunset swim accompanied by a glass of wine/beer and nibbles. We end our day with a coach transfer back to Kununurra, arriving home at around 7pm. What a day!

Includes: Complimentary lunch, afternoon tea and alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.

Average Duration: 12 hours

Transfers: Pick up is available from accommodation in Kununurra or Lake Argyle.

Note: Numbers and tour dates are strictly limited, so please book early, we can take a maximum group booking of 18 pax on this tour.

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 enclosed footwear a must, welcome to bring sandals for the cruise. Don’t forget your hat, sunscreen, camera, towel and swimwear. If you are sensitive to the cold, bring a light jacket to wear while we are motoring. Warm clothing may be required from June to August.

“We had a totally awesome day thanks to Lachie, Rosie, Ted and Greg who were all so friendly and welcoming. We loved how passionate and knowledgeable they all are and the new Jaliwang Tour is fantastic and unbelievably great value. To fly to Warmun Community from Kununurra over the amazing landscape, tour the Argyle Diamond Mine with Ted and hear about his life and the Warmun community, cruise the full length of Lake Argyle with Greg pointing out the birdlife and finish with a sunset swim and drink was just fantastic. Nothing to fault, morning tea and great lunch and fresh Ord River fruit and nibbles with champagne and beer – what more could you want!”

robynsosa
Perth, Australia

“Cannot find words
This tour is so excellent I can’t even find words to describe it. We were flown to Warmun by our competent pilot Tim where we were picked up in a minibus by Ted Hall to take us to the Argyle Diamond Mine
Tedd is a wonderful guide who is very knowledgeable and passionate about his ‘backyard’. He makes the tour very interesting in the way he explains everything. He has a wealth of knowledge about the operations of the Diamond Mine besides other things and the lunch he provided was very tasty as we sat in the undercover pergola area of the Mine staff amenities. 
After the Diamond tour Tedd drove us to Lake Argyle to meet up with Greg to be taken on a sunset cruise on Lake Argyle. 
It is a full day of adventure. 
If there is one tour you must do it definitely is this one. The Diamond Mine will close in 3 years so there won’t be anymore tours there after that.”

PepiG588
Western Australia, Australia

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS

Flight: Cold water
Diamond Mine: Cold Water, billy tea & damper, gourmet picnic lunch with tea, coffee and juice.
Cruise: Cold water, tea & coffee and sweat biscuits throughout the cruise.
Fresh local melons for afternoon tea.
Dips and crackers, beer, wine, champagne and soft drink or juice for Sunset.

No, we are not licensed to sell beverages on board but you are more than welcome to bring a few extra with you, we just ask to bring them in a small size bag.

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 guide/skipper at the start of the tour/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.
Unfortunately, we cannot cater for wheelchair bound passengers.

The minimum age for this tour is 12 years old.

During the months of June to August it can get cold in the Kimberley’s.
We recommend bringing a jumper or jacket and/or a change of clothes.

No. To allow the general public onto this working mine site Rio Tinto has stipulated all visitors MUST wear enclosed shoes at all times on site.

Yes, both at Warmun Art Centre, Argyle mine and on board your cruise vessel.

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.

Of course! You will have a chance to browse at the diamond shop at the workers village.

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