08 9168 7777 www.lakeargyle.com
If you're heading in to the East Kimberly region, you have to make Lake Argyle a stop on your adventure. Located about 70km's south east from Kununurra, travel up the Ord River and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way.
If you're camping or caravanning there are a few options around the lake. We stopped in at the Lake Argyle resort and caravan park, nestled in the Carr Boyd Rangers which over looks Bamboo cove. We jumped in and grabbed a grassy campsite.
During peak season there are no bookings, more a first in first served basis.
At over 1,000 square kilometres, Lake Argyle is the Australia's largest fresh water lake. Don't get excited about taking a dip though, it is also home to an estimated 30,000 fresh water crocodiles.
There are 26 species of native fish and 3 different varieties of freshwater turtle, while also boasting 270+ bird species and other wildlife.
During the golden hours of early morning and late afternoon, the colour references in the backdrop of the lake are stunning. Deep rusty reds of several shades produce a warm outback feel and remind the viewer of the remarkable gift the landscape has produced.
There are several opportunities to explore this incredible lake, with day tours from Kununurra by bus or air. If you're staying at the resort, take advantage of the evening sunset tour aboard cruise vessel. This is a must for photographers who want to snap the raw beauty of the rugged landscape. You will need to book these tours well in advance though, it would seem that every one is aware of how special this place is, so don't leave till you get there to book in.
Helicopter rides are also available from the resort grounds and can only be described as possibly the best way to see the lake.
You can make group bookings or join up with other fellow travellers.
The Caravan Park covers about 5 hectares, there are more than 100 powered shady van sites and ample room for unpowered camping. Although the camp sites are grassy, it is pretty hard banging pegs in as it is all rock underneath. Bring strong pegs !
The resort itself has self contained villas, ensuited cabins and studio rooms. The kids absolutely loved the iconic infinity pool over looking the lake and by far was the highlight of the park ground.
There is a restaurant, bar, general store and tour desk, along with occasional live entertainment. When we were there, they even had the state of origin on the big screen.