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Perhaps Mother Nature was doing us a favour protecting one of her most precious assets by putting Horizontal Falls hundreds of kilometres from civilisation in the vast and remote Kimberley wilderness.
There’s no easy way you can get there by yourself. You can’t drive there or walk there, you can take your own boat but it would need to be large and you’re in for 12 or more hours of cruising from Broome. This pristine landscape is simply too isolated and the terrain too difficult for general access, which luckily means that it’s not in danger of damage or degradation as a result of too many visitors and too much traffic.
But that doesn’t mean it’s out of your reach.
In fact, there are some different ways of accessing this incredible natural sight and experiencing its dramatic beauty up close that there’s no need to miss out. Travel options to Horizontal Falls include seaplanes, cruises and helicopter tours with various different departure points - so there’s no excuse not to tick this one off your bucket list!
Here are some of the most popular ways of getting to the Horizontal Falls.
What better way to experience the vivid contrasts and breathtaking expanse of the Kimberley than from the air?
KAS Helicopters offers two options for tours to the Horizontal Falls with departures from Broome and Derby. All guests board the helicopter at Derby so if you choose the Broome option, your tour will include fixed wing return flights across the spectacular Kimberley landscape to Derby.
Their experienced pilots know the region backwards and will give you all the best angles for your birds’ eye view of the falls. And if adrenalin is your thing, you can always choose the optional add-on of a high-speed boat ride through the falls with a cruise through Cyclone Creek and a delicious lunch on board the Horizontal Falls houseboat.
Your return helicopter trip will reveal yet another breathtaking aerial perspective of the region, taking you back to Derby along the picturesque coastline with its myriad bays, beaches, islands, creeks and rugged red cliffs.
Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures
There’s nothing like a local to showcase the best of their backyard, so for a Horizontal Falls tour that comes from the heart, check out what Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures offers. They’re the largest and oldest Kimberley tour company, owned and operated by locals who have been running Horizontal Falls tours for over 15 years and there’s a reason why they keep on winning major tourism awards.
They’ve created a number a different options for people to visit Horizontal Falls - all of which include thrilling low-level scenic seaplane flights (if you’ve been on one of these, you’ll know that it’s an amazing ‘see’ plane) with water landings in Talbot Bay and an exhilarating fast boat ride through the towering gorges of the falls.
So whether you have six hours to spare, a full day or want an indulgent overnight or extended stay in this pristine wilderness, check out their range of action-packed adventures from Derby and Broome.
Your trip could involve various different modes of transport (including luxury 4WD vehicles for overland exploration, fixed wing aircraft, seaplanes, fast boats, luxury cruisers and houseboats) as well as fascinating inclusions like an indigenous cultural tour - it all depends on your departure point, how long you want to spend in the region and what you want to do there.
Paradise Point Adventures
Whether you’re after action-packed adventure, laid-back island cruising or a combination of the two, Paradise Point Adventures have the perfect way for you to see Horizontal Falls.
Paradise Point Adventures brings together the long-established Kimberley tourism operator, the multi award-winning Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures and traditional owners with their newly developed, Jilinya Tours. Their carefully crafted itineraries take visitors deep into the cultural heart of the Kimberley’s signature attractions.
Their flexible options open up a variety of options for experiencing the majesty of the Horizontal Falls and its spectacular surrounds by seaplane, fast boat and luxury cruiser as well giving visitors a unique perspective on the thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago, Paradise Point and stunning Cape Leveque.
If you’re an adventurous overlander, you can always self-drive to Cape Leveque and start your tour there, otherwise you can choose the Horizontal Falls tour from Broome which includes return flights to Cape Leveque. Either way, you’re in for an action-packed adventure of a lifetime.
And for arguably the most indulgent way of getting to the Horizontal Falls, you should look at Kimberly Quest’s wilderness expeditions aboard a custom-designed 25m cruise vessel.
The range of options from this award-winning, luxury Kimberley cruise company can be anything from a four-day Taste of the Kimberley tour to a 21-day Beyond Adventure experience which takes you from Darwin to Broome - and they all include a visit to the Horizontal Falls.
Yes, the Kimberly Quest might be the stuff of dreams but there are so many other ways that people can experience the very best of the Kimberley and its incredible, awe-inspiring attractions including the iconic Horizontal Falls that there’s something for everyone. So get going on turning your bucket list into reality and book your Horizontal Falls tour today!