Monday, May 20, 2013
As the day breaks we have a quick breakfast and start going on with our day. The first thing that is up is the Horizontal Falls. This I've got to see. It sounds fascinating.
The Horizontal Falls or Horizontal Waterfalls (nicknamed the "Horries") is the name given to a natural phenomenon on the coast of the Kimberley region in Western Australia.
Despite their name, the Horizontal Falls are a fast-moving tidal flow through two narrow, closely aligned gorges of the McLarty Range, located in Talbot Bay. The direction of the flow reverses with each change of tide. As tides in the Kimberley can reach 10 metres, a peak tide gives rise to a significant difference in the sea level on either side of each gorge.
The northern, most seaward gorge is 20 metres wide and the southern, more inland gorge is 12 metres. Above each of the gorges are natural reservoirs between six and eight kilometers long which fill and empty with seawater through the gorge openings. The inner gorge is also partly fed by fresh water from Poulton Creek.
So it's not actually a falls but a Tidal flow that is so fast that it looks like a fall.
As this took so long to get to it was the only thing we did today. It was well worth it though! Very amazing scenery.