The longest daily river cruise, travelling 55 kilometres from Kununurra to the Ord Dam while passing through a variety of different landscapes from the wide expanses of Lake Kununurra, the magnificent Carlton Gorge and into the true Ord River.
|Start||Kununurra @ Kununurra @ 8 am|
|Finish||Kununurra @ 5.30 pm|
The Ord River is one of the most stunning river systems in Australia. The development of an irrigation scheme in the 1960's and 70's has seen the township of Kununurra flourish with a very successful agricultural industry. It has also become an incredibly popular destination for nature-based tourism.
Daily cruises navigate a massive 55km stretch of river between Lake Argyle (or the Ord River Dam) and Kununurra. From modern and shaded vessels, visitors on board witness an ecological system that has developed from the damming of the Ord River at two locations.
The first of these was the Diversion Dam, which formed Lake Kununurra in 1963. The second was the construction of an enormous wall 55kms upstream in 1972, which created Lake Argyle. What has resulted in between is an area rich in wildlife, flora and scenic beauty.
This magnificent homestead was originally built in 1895 by the Durack family on Argyle Downs Station (now mostly submerged by the lake). The famous pioneering Durack family home became known far and wide as one of the social gathering places of the East Kimberley. Constructed of handcrafted limestone blocks with crushed termites mounds used as mortar, it was a magnificent building for its time.
During the early 1970's a decision was made to remove the homestead before Lake Argyle began to fill in order to preserve this magnificent building for all time.
The homestead was dismantled stone by stone with every stone coded in such a way so as to be able to be rebuilt with every stone back in its original position.
The homestead now lives on as a museum dedicated to the pioneering spirit of the Durack Family. The museum is open to the public daily from April to October.