Initially we planned just the one night at Lake Argyle, after arriving we quickly decided to add another night and decide to relax for a few days.
Look up Lake Argyle on any social media platform and one of the first images you see is of this inifinity pool overlooking the lake. It’s a refreshing dip and although it looks like most visitors are the sole pool occupants it’s more that every one is taking turns to get their photo in the pool with the spectacular scenery in the background; look behind the photographer and pool will be full.
Lake argyle Cruise
One of the best ways to experience the vastness of Lake Argyle is by boat. There is an array of cruises available or if your more adventurous you can hire a pontoon to explore yourself. We opted for the sunset tour. This 3-hour tour took us through the lake islands offering refreshments, some crocodile spotting (apparently 30,000 inhabit the lake) and a visit to the wallaroos before finishing with a sunset swim with beer in hand.
Water tank lookout
An early morning walk up to the Water Tank Lookout is a great way to start the day. Easily accessible from the caravan park, it offers a good view over the dam wall.
You can drive across the dam wall and down to the Ord River to a little picnic ground overlooking the water being released from Lake Argyle. While we didn’t have a picnic we did try our luck trying to catch a barramundi which is told to feed on the catfish chewed up by the valves. No such luck with the barramundi and no crocodiles seen either.
the old homestead
Originally the dream of the Durack family who owned the land, Lake Argyle was dammed 1937 and filled up faster than expected which meant the original Durack homestead was removed stone by stone and placed in it’s current location. For a $5 entry fee you can follow the journey the Durack family took from Queensland to the Kimberley and have a look around the homestead.
Pannikin Bay Lookout
A short drive from the Homestead is an unmarked 4wd track that takes you up to Pannikin Bay lookout. Watching the rocks change colour with the sunset and an endless view of Lake Argyle, this was a perfect way to end our stay. Head up a little earlier as parking is tight.