The park’s most celebrated attraction is created by massive tides of up to 10m. Narrow gaps in two parallel tongues of land mean the tide falls faster than the water can escape, producing ‘horizontal falls’. When the tide turns the falls flow in the opposite direction.
There are islands with fringing coral reefs and mangrove-lined creeks and bays. Spectacular tidal currents and whirlpools are also seen in Walcott Inlet, which extends for about 30km from Collier Bay and is up to 11km wide.
Experiencing the park
You arrive by boat or seaplane and can enjoy ever-changing ocean views; experience the Horizontal Falls; see whales, snubfin dolphins, sea turtles and other wildlife; fish for barramundi; and experience the incredible Dambimangari culture.
Lalang-garram is a Dambimangari name that evokes the saltwater as a spiritual place of great natural abundance. Significant cultural sites in the park include middens, stone arrangements, important camping beaches and important mythological areas. You are encouraged to view Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation’s Code of Conduct for visitors to Dambimangari country before entering Lalang-garram/Horizontal Falls Marine Park.
It’s great to escape everyday life and visit a park or reserve in WA. It is also important to us that you return safely to your family and friends.
Always remember it is really important to plan when to visit. Read this safety information about what you need to know. Consider traveling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
- Estuarine crocodiles and box jellyfish are present in the park and there may be strong tidal currents, high winds and infrequent cyclones.
- Please seek advice from the Parks and Wildlife West Kimberley District Office if you are unsure about the safety of an activity you are planning to undertake.
The force of the water from Garaanngaddim (Horizontal Falls) can create treacherous conditions that are dangerous for boaters to navigate.
Skippers are reminded they are responsible for the safety of their vessels and passengers.
In addition to offshore marine safety standards detailed by the Department of Transport, you can stay safe when travelling through Garaanngaddim (Horizontal Falls) by:
- checking the weather, tide and state of flow before entering
- not travelling through the falls when the tide is rushing through
A 7km drone exclusion zone surrounding Garaanngaddim (Horizontal Falls) has been created for the safety of seaplanes and helicopters. The area surrounding the falls can become very busy with helicopters and seaplanes landing. For more information on flying remotely piloted aircraft / drones visit the Parks and Wildlife website.
Avoid seaplane landing areas and monitor marine channel 16 when in the vicinity of the falls.
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