Deciding which cruise to take for the Lake Argyle experience was difficult due to the many companies & cruise types on the menu. Most didn't go onto the lake at all or just into the closer bays near the dam wall only.
A 1/2 day cruise, including sunset swim & drinks seemed like a great choice.
Lake Argyle is 75 kms from Kununurra & is the largest man made lake in Oz. The lake was created when an impermeable earthed dam wall was built across the Ord River.
Thousands of hectares of cattle farming land was swamped by filling the area.
Argyle Downs was the main cattle station, bought from the Durack family who had originally set up home in the area in the late 1800's after droving 3000 head of cattle from western Qld. Cattle yards, sheds & other buildings are still under the 23 mtr deep water. The original homestead was pulled apart - brick by brick & re built not far from the Lake Argyle entry road.
It is designed to hold 10.7 million mega litres. In comparison to Sydney Harbour it is 23 times larger in volume & can be up to 63 times larger in flood conditions.
It took 3 dry seasons to build the dam wall. It could only be built during the dry season due to the volume of water going down the Ord River each wet season.
Approaching the Lake was also exciting - mt ranges in the distance & around you. This is part of the Carr Boyd range that encloses the lake with out any other structure other than the dam wall.
Cruise time on Lake Argyle & the views every where were magnificent
Hundreds of islands were created with the flooding of low grazing areas, leaving the peaks of the hills sticking out. Some rock wallabies are found on many of the rocky islands. There are reportedly 20,000 fresh water crocs around Lake Argyle. 1 salt water croc at the other end where there's sand & softer soil. They don't like the rocky islands.
The shutter on the camera just kept on clicking away!!!
To finish off the day - a full moon. What more could we want.
We covered 2/3 of the length of the 77km long lake. We saw many fresh water crocs, stopped & fed a few rock wallabies, bird life to view through the provided binoculars, feed bread to some fresh water fish, found a few amethyst stones / chips, enjoyed a magical afternoon sunset & generally had a great afternoon of cruising.