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Somewhere deep in the far north east of Western Australia's remote wilderness, nestled in a rugged landscape that dates back to a billion years old, is Australia's 2nd largest freshwater lake1. Encompassing an area of some 2,000 square kilometres when at full flood capacity, the lake itself covers an area of over 900 square kilometres.

Lake Argyle, together with Lake Kununurra, is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. Lake Argyle supplies clean freshwater for the regions agriculture, as well as being a source of hydroelectric power to the East Kimberley region.

Today, Lake Argyle provides a drawcard for tourism, with its thriving eco-system, having been recognised as an important wetland area under the Ramsar Convention.

Once a habitat that was subject to the cycles of the dry and wet seasons, this huge expanse of permanent fresh water has allowed the development of a thriving eco-system. It is home to some 26 species of native fish that include barramundi, archer fish, bony bream, forktail cat fish, long tom, mouth almighty, sleepy cod and southern saratoga. There are reptiles, mammals and marsupial that are assured of access to water. With the damming of the Ord River, a number of low lying ridges have now become islands (about 90 islands), providing a habitat for freshwater crocodiles (who it is estimated number over 20,000), a approximately one third of Australia's bird species, which at various times can number in the tens of thousands.

Unfortunately the plentiful water has also provided a paradise for the entry of the cane toads to the region, although much work is being done by organisations such as the volunteer wildlife protection group Kimberley Toad Busters (KTB)2 to combat the invasion.

The beautiful scenery, peaceful isolation, plentiful wildlife, make Lake Argyle a must see destination when visiting the spectacular Kimberley region.

Check out our listing of Kimberley accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Lake Argyle Tours

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Lake Argyle Cruises
• KUNURRA WA 6743 • Ph: +61 8 9168 7687 • Email
• There is no better way to capture all of this outstanding beauty than to take a cruise with Lake Argyle Cruises. We offer a selection of tours catering for the individual traveller as well as large tour groups. Specialised charters such as bird watching, bush walking and exploration can be arranged with prior notice.
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1 The combined Lake Gordon/Lake Pedder in Tasmania is Australia's largest artificial freshwater lake. Lake Gordon was created in the 1970s with the creation of the Gordon River Dam on the upper reaches of the Gordon River in south west Tasmania. it connects with Lake Pedder which supplies additional water for the Gordon Power Station.
2 KTB - Kimberley Toad Busters
Volunteer group fighting to slow down the advance of the cane toad into WA and to mitigate its impact on the Kimberley native wildlife.
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