IF YOU’VE ever been amazed at the size of Sydney Harbour, prepare to be gobsmacked when you lay eyes on Lake Argyle in the Kimberley region of the far north.
While it’s hardly true to say it makes Sydney Harbour look like a puddle, the lake, considered the jewel of the Kimberley, is 22 times the size of the NSW waterway and is a fantastic destination for tourists with its awe-inspiring scenery and a range of activities to appeal to most tastes.
Located about 75km south of Kununurra, the freshwater lake, formed by the damming of the Ord River, is essential for irrigating lands around the town and has a thriving tourism industry.
With its countless islands, bays and beaches, the lake is an amazing marine environment and there is plenty to see and do in and around it.
For the energetic there’s bushwalking the many hiking trails or mountain bike riding on the 5km Rotary Lake Argyle Mountain Bike Trail.
For water sports lovers, the lake’s calm waters are ideal for canoeing, swimming, sailing and fishing (think 20-plus species).
The lake is also home
to the world’s largest population of Johnston River freshwater crocodiles, which are generally timid and not considered dangerous to humans, although they should be treated with respect.
For a more relaxing time, try soaking in the infinity pool while you watch the sunset or try a wildlife cruise or a lazy picnic lunch.
Accommodation at Lake Argyle Resort and Caravan Park includes various sized cabins, some of which are pet-friendly, and camping.
The Kimberley is a vast area, bigger than many countries, and Lake Argyle is just one of its huge array of attractions.