Wyndham - WA - Australia
Wyndham is the northernmost town in Western Australia where the King River meets Cambridge Gulf and in many ways is the gateway to the Kimberley. It is also home to a number of attractions including Western Australia's first Crocodile Park, excellent fishing, horse riding and walking trails, exciting wildlife, magnificent scenery and many fine historical buildings. It is surrounded by some of the most spectacular landforms, rivers and wetlands in the Kimberley. The nearby Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve is a chain of billabongs and lagoons forming a sanctuary for one of the finest water bird habitats and bird watching areas in the state. The frontier township of Kununurra is about an hour's drive inland and the green capital of the north, and owes its verdant surrounds to the largest manmade lake on the Australian mainland; the nearby Lake Argyle and the smaller Lake Kununurra. A "must-do" is a cruise on the Ord River through spectacular Carlton Gorge to observe prolific bird and wildlife. Part of the history of the region is documented by Dame Mary Durack in her books Kings in Grass Castles and Sons in the Saddle. The former Durack Station is now flooded by Lake Argyle, however the homestead has been reconstructed and is now a museum. The region is also famous for the Argyle Diamond mine, the world's primary source of rare pink diamonds, which have become the company's signature stone. Argyle Diamonds is the world's largest supplier of diamonds producing over 30 million carats which accounts for around 25% of the world's natural diamond production. El Questro cattle station is about a 45 minute drive south-west from Wyndham. The station is a million acre wilderness park and a cruise on the park's Chamberlain Gorge is a must. The Gorge is a 3km fresh waterhole bounded by tropical vegetation dwarfed by a towering 200ft escarpment, and guests are rewarded by excellent examples of Wandjina and Bradshaw rock art at the far end. Purnululu National Park affords a breathtaking perspective of the Bungle Bungles. They are an incredibly sight, and resemble a beehive forming deep chasms with palm trees and long gorges. To appreciate the overall aspect of this weird landscape, one has to take to the air. The Aboriginals have lived in this region for generations, Purnululu was "discovered" only in the mid 1980's. A television crew came upon the unique beehive-shaped domes in 1982 and in 1987 it was proclaimed a National Park. The domes are bordered by great banded cliffs that glow fire-red in the late afternoon sun. The following 15 cruises call at Wyndham - WA. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.