Most visitors to Kununura and the East Kimberley come during the dry season. So, dare to be different and experience a whole other Kimberley holiday! Early April and May are the best months to see the most spectacular waterfalls Mother Nature dared to dream up.
Bring a camera and your bathers….
Note: Whilst the falls don’t run all year round, there is usually plenty of water to enjoy a swim
On the way to Wyndham, the turn off is on the left side
Distance 70km = 45min drive from Kununurra
The Grotto is a magnificent gorge that provides a picturesque and safe swimming spot. The 120 metre cliff face drops into the water and becomes a spectacular waterfall during the wet season (see the photo in Reception!). Take the 140 steps down to the swimming hole that is believed to be 400m deep.
Ivanhoe Crossing was once used as the old road to Wyndham, the mighty Ord River flows over the crossing making it another photographers dream spot. Pretty to look at but definitely a NO SWIM zone. Barra fishing from the bank is permissible but Be Crocwise as this is prevalent in croc spotting.
Middle Springs is a great family location, easy access to waterhole and shaded picnic areas available. The road in is definitely 4WD as the terrain is bumpy but worth the effort. Take a hike to the top of the falls for spectacular views over the valley. You often find small pools in the top side too.
Black Rock Falls
Black Rock Falls is a short drive from Middle Springs but is uniquely different with its black rock cliff face spilling over with a gushing waterfall into a tranquil pool beneath. It’s a short trek in from the carpark but is a bit rocky underfoot. These waters don’t see much light due to the high walls surrounding the pool, the water is so cool and refreshing.
Valentine Springs is another one you have to pass through to get to the others, so it makes for a great stop along the way. 2WD accessible and easy access to the low, shallow pools.
Molly Springs is the locals’ secret spot. The turn off is approximately 30km along the highway (Wyndham direction) and is not signposted. A small pool, water all year-round, plenty of shade and birdlife. If you can find it, enjoy.
The lake itself is one of the best places to swim and do a bit of waterfall spotting after the wet season. Hire a dinghy or book a cruise get the most out of Lake Kununurra. The bird and fish life are astounding, might even sight a freshwater croc if the timing is right.
Swim Beach (only minutes away from Kununurra township) is easy to access with toilet and BBQ facilities, if you just want a dip to cool down from you Kimberley adventures.