World Amazing Stuff: Horizontal falls in Western Australia

Horizontal falls in Western Australia

The Horizontal Falls or Horizontal Waterfalls is the name given to a natural phenomenon on the coast of the Kimberley region in Western Australia.  This is one of the most amazing natural features of the Kimberley region is the tidal waterfalls located deep within Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago, but unlike any other waterfall, the water passes horizontally.

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 twin gaps are part of the McLarty Ranges, which have two ridges running parallel approximately 300m apart. The first and most seaward gap is about 20m wide and the second, most spectacular; gap is about 10m wide.

The waterfall phenomena has been described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”.