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Experience Horizontal Falls

You can explore this marvellous natural wonder by boat or helicopter.
By Kosa Monteith
April 17, 2023
By Kosa Monteith
April 17, 2023

Also known as Garaanngaddim (to the local saltwater Dambimangari people), Western Australia's Horizontal Falls in Talbot Bay is a curious natural phenomenon. Essentially, it's a waterfall turned on its side. During the day, the water changes direction, squeezing through two gorges of McLarty Range that get as narrow as 12 metres.

It's part of Aboriginal reserve land with native title possession, so you can't just hop in a car or hike there. Year-round, you can fly by helicopter from Broome or Derby to see Garaanngaddim from above, or you can take a speedboat through the churning white water of the falls themselves from March till November.

Boat tours can range from half-day to overnight trips, and sometimes even include a little ride in a seaplane, giving you the best of both worlds.

Top image: Tourism Western Australia.

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