Today it was our floatplane tour to the Horizontal Falls. We had booked with Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures before we left home and just as well, now fully booked.
Our flight out from Derby was in a float equipped Cessna Caravan turbo-prop.
Over the tidal mud flats north of Derby. Fascinating patterns in the mud.
We got a bird's eye view of our destination on the way in.
After a smooth landing we tied up to a couple of flat pontoons. There was also a houseboat there with accomodation as they do overnight stays as well.
A very enjoyable cup of coffee before we boarded our boat.
Seating was astride a padded cushion like riding a horse. The boat was powered by two 300HP Yamaha 4 stroke outboards.
This was the first passage and just an introduction to the real horizontal falls. The water rushes out of the captive lakes as the tide drops.
Heading towards the narrower passage which produces the greatest drop in water level and the appearance of a horizontal waterfall.
The surging rushing water produces whirlpools and uprises of water that can be really dangerous and catch the inexperienced off guard.
Here we were sitting stationary against the outflow of water. The inner water level was about 1.5 metres higher than the downstream side. Despite the fact that our boat was stationary the speedo showed 37kph and the water depth was 43 metres.
We actually drove the boat uphill on water.
This is from the inside of the high side looking down the falls.
Awesome power. Two 300 HP Yamaha 4 stroke outboards. The acceleration was staggering.
After lunch (barramundi BBQ) we explored a few more little bays.
I think he thought we were Meals on Wheels.
The trip home took us over the many islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago.
And a barramundi farm.
The turquoise waters of the Kimberley.