The Horizontal Falls in the Kimberley is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.
There are only two Horizontal Waterfalls on Earth where unlike any other waterfall, the water passes horizontally. To experience this unique, natural phenomenon you must visit the Coast of the Kimberley region in Western Australia.
The Horizontal Falls, also known as Horizontal Waterfalls (sometimes called "Horries") are fast-moving tidal currents passing through two narrow, very closely aligned gorges located in the McLarty Range, in Talbot Bay.
The direction of the flow reverses with each change of tide and tides in the Kimberley region can reach up to 10 metres. These huge tides are influenced by the shape of the local coast. An ultimate tide gives rise to a significant difference in the sea level on either side of each gorge.
Gigantic tidal activities create a waterfall effect. As water banks up against one side of the narrow cliff passage it is forced thought by the huge volumes of water behind it. This spectacular event is then repeated in the opposite direction when the tide turns.
The McLarty Range has two ridges running parallel; they are positioned roughly 300 meters apart. The two gaps are 20 meters and 10 meters wide respectively, the most astonishing display occurs at the smaller of the gaps where the Horizontal Waterfall is even more remarkable due to the volume of water being pushed through a smaller area.
It is possible to pass through the two gaps by boat to the bay beyond during periods of low flow, the period between low and high tide or vice versa. The Phenomenon of the Horizontal Falls occurs around every six and a half hours.
Visit the Kimberley Coast with Kimberley Discovery Cruses to experience this one of its kind natural phenomenon. Contact Kimberley Cruises for bookings and enquiries on 1800 185 960 or 0414 331 229 (within Australia) or +61414 331 229 (from Overseas).