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Lake Argyle and the Bungles; amazing places in WA

After just under 4 weeks exploring Broome, Cape Leveque and the Gibb River road, we pressed on to Lake Argyle and the Bungle Bungles.

If you want a guide that covers literally everything you’d want to know about the Kimberley, you’ll find it here – the ultimate guide to the Kimberley.

In case you missed the other posts, you can see them here:

Broome and the trip up

Cape Leveque

The Gibb River Road part 1

The Gibb River Road part 2

4WD tracks at Lake Argyle

Lake Argyle; probably the most scenic place we visited

Lake Argyle resort

Lake Argyle Resort and Caravan Park

Lake Argyle dam wall

19 times the water capacity of Sydney harbour is held up by one relatively small wall

Lake Argyle Pool

Lake Argyle Resort’s infinity pool. A class of its own!

Lake Argyle and the Ord River

Lake Argyle flowing into the Ord River

Argyle resort infinity pool

Living the dream

Lake Argyle Cruises

Lake Argyle boat tour with Matt

Lake Argyle boat cruise

More water than you can imagine. We travelled over 100km by boat over 6 hours

Lake Argyle river

One of the rivers feeding Lake Argyle

Silver cobbler 2 at Lake Argyle

The Silver Cobbler 2 – the boat to go on!

Lake Argyle reflections

You don’t see water this calm very often

Amazing reflections at Lake Argyle

At 50km/h its a sight to behold

Lake Argyle fish

Feeding some fish at Lake Argyle

Bird of prey

An amazing bird of prey

Swimming at Lake Argyle

Swimming in the lake as the sun sets; magic

Lake Argyle Sunset by boat

A perfect way to wind the day up

Freshwater crocodile Lake Argyle

There are around 25,000 freshwater crocodiles in Lake Argyle

Sunset tour at Lake Argyle

The sunsets here are unbelievable

Lake argyle sunset reflections

Perfect reflections; its pretty rare!

Sunset Boat tour Lake Argyle

Words don’t do this place justice

Boating on Lake Argyle

Paradise on a boat!

Argyle sunset

The last of the sun

Fishing at the floodway

Trying our luck fishing off the flood way

Lake Argyle floodway fishing

We caught a catfish and sooty grunter

Lake argyle helicopter

The helicopter tour at Lake Argyle

Lake Argyle Hydroelectric plant

Lake Argyle Hydroelectric power generation. This saves 60 million litres of diesel per year

Lake argyle colours

The sun transforms the rock here

4WDing Australia at the Bungles

Off to the Bungles

Broken D40 Navara

A slightly sick looking Navara at the Bungle Bungles

Walking through Echidna Chasm

Walking into the Echidna Chasm

Echidna Chasm

Staggering scenery, as per the Kimberley norm

Echidna Chasm Bungles

A short, rewarding walk

Bungles Echidna Chasm

It’s much bigger than I realised

Loving the Bungle Bungles

The bee hives, in all their beauty

Bungle Bungle lookout

There are some great lookouts here too

Enjoying the Bungles

Trying to capture the scenery

Bungles walk

My shorts blend in!

Bungle Bungle National Park

Well worth the drive in

Cathedral gorge

Cathedral Gorge

Bungle Bungle creek

There are way more Bee hives than I expected

Bungle helicopter tour

We splashed out on an 18 minute helicopter ride

Bungle Bungle helicopter

Which was a huge highlight of our trip

Bungles via helicopter

The view from above is unreal

Bungle Bungles from high

They might look small from here, but they aren’t!

Enjoying the Bungles

Nature at its best

The bungles from a helicopter

We live in an incredible country

Amazing colours at the Bungles

Our last sunset at the Bungles

Amazing sunset at Lake Argyle


Bungles in our 80

The more we travel, the more we love our 4WD!

Bungles Corrugations

A couple of the minor corrugations on the way in

Sunset lookout near camp

Bungle Bungle lookout

After 5 weeks, it was a bit of a shock to head back to Perth. Nonetheless, that’s life, and we had a holiday that was so jammed full of amazing experiences. You can’t put a price on a holiday like that, and we now have memories that will last forever.

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4 comments… add one
  • Harry Fisher May 2, 2016, 9:21 AM

    I love this write up – great work man.
    How were the campsites at the Bungles? Crowded? Allowed fires etc? Just trying to work our how many days to stay there.

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia May 3, 2016, 11:25 AM

    Hey mate,


    When we were there it was late May, and there were very little people camping – there were 3 groups camped in our section, of about 20 spots to camp! There’s 4 places you can stay – the caravan park on the way in (about an hours drive into the Bungles), or the DPAW sites – 2 north and 1 south. We stayed at the northern side, and originally had 3 nights booked (you must book these sites). We ended up only staying 2 nights, and still had time to see the Chasm, Cathedral gorge, the Bee hives and do a 15 minute flight.

    We did a couple of smaller walks in the mix too – there’s a good walk in the northern camp ground as the sun goes down – absolutely magic.

    When we were there though, there were a few places closed due to damage from the wet season, so possibly 3 nights would be the go if its all open.

    I honestly can’t remember about fires – I think you may have been able to have them, but we never did – it was warm enough.

    Happy to answer any other questions you have mate


  • Harry Fisher May 4, 2016, 2:05 PM

    Thanks mate! We’ll be going through in August so hopefully it’s the same sort of deal (less crowded being outside of school holidays). Sounds like 2 days is pretty ideal there.
    We’ll see how we go with fires – love a bush telly so hopefully we’re all good.

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia May 5, 2016, 10:40 AM

    2 days will be fine; it all depends on where you are coming from though, and whether you are able to see at least one of the attractions the day that you arrive. We left from Lake Argyle and had no issues doing the Echidna Chasm upon arrival, then going and setting up camp.

    Very jealous – I’d love to be up there right now!

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