27 Nov Visiting the King George Falls in the Kimberley
The King George Falls are a breathtaking spectacle of nature, created when the King George River’s waters plunge over magnificent red, ancient sandstone cliffs in the Kimberley Region, Western Australia. These falls are WA’s highest twin falls. If you’re lucky enough to be heading there for a holiday, or are thinking about exploring this amazing landscape, keep reading to learn everything you need to know and the not-to-be-missed travel tips for the King George Falls.
About King George Falls and the area
The King George River is about 112 kilometres long, and it descends about 216 metres. This descent includes the magnificent King George Falls. The falls are absolutely astounding, and provide a dramatic but majestic change in the vast and unique landscape.
Even though the waterfalls can be enjoyed all year round, the best time of year to visit is from late December to early May, as the wet season will make the falls appear in full force. And if the falls look a little familiar, you may have seem them featured in Baz Luhrmann’s movie; Australia.
The Indigenous owners of the land surrounding the falls are the Miwi people. See our blog post Discovering Aboriginal Rock Art in the Kimberley here for more information on seeing some of the oldest known art in the history of humankind.
How to get there
The King George Falls can only be seen and accessed by boat or air. It’s inaccessible via vehicle due to its remote location. We recommend a cruise to fully experience the majesty of the river and the falls.
Taking a cruise is certainly worth it if you have more time to explore the area, as you’ll be able to experience the region more profoundly, sailing through the amazing King George River. There are a number of different you can choose from when deciding which tour to take.
The trip will take you metres away from the breathtaking twin waterfalls. Along the journey you’ll pass Koolama Bay, where the ‘Koolama’, a merchant vessel, was bombarded by the Japanese during World War II. You’ll also be able to stop for a refreshing swim in some of the swimming holes in the area.
An aerial view of the falls will allow you to observe and marvel at all possible angles of the beautiful area that is the North Kimberley region. Flights vary, but you can expect to fly over the waterfalls, remote cattle stations such as the Drysdale River Station, wilderness reserves and even the coast. Some of the wonders you could see include the Berkeley River, Cambridge Gulf, the Ord Irrigation Area, Mitchell Falls and, of course, the King George Falls. You might even land on the remote Mitchell Plateau.
The Buccaneer Archipelago is a group of rocky and high-cliffed islands off the coast of WA. Covering an area of 50 square kilometres, the amazing archipelago experiences a great tidal range. As well as most of the Kimberley region’s coastline and rocks, these are about 2 billion years old. The Buccaneer Archipelago is a definite must-see when travelling in through the region, as the islands are almost in pristine condition due to their isolation.
The Montgomery Reef is Australia’s largest in-shore reef, being 80 kilometres long and covers a total area of 400 square kilometres. It’s located along the Kimberley’s coastline. You’ll be able to see amazing waterfalls, giant shallow lagoons, seagrass beds, colourful corals, sandstone islets as well as a mangrove island. As well as marvelling at the landscape, you’ll be up close with the amazing wildlife that calls the are home, such as turtles, manta rays, reef sharks, sponges, crabs, cushion stars, octopi and dugongs.
The King Cascades are definitely another highlight of the Kimberley Region. Located on the Prince Regent River, home to more than half of the region’s wildlife, the King Cascades provide a fine natural spectacle, as the water runs cascades over different levels, like a giant, beautiful fountain. It is also possible to take a little hike, climb above the falls and have a little swim in the natural pools that are formed there, surrounded by the wild ferns and other flora.
Mitchell Falls is a four-tiered waterfall that looks like an oasis on a rugged, red-rock terrain. It is the second largest waterfall in the state, after the twin King George Falls. Even though you can get there via helicopter, a hike will be required in order to experience the full beauty of the falls. At the end of walk you’ll be able to see the huge four platforms, being constantly overflowed with water, throwing sprays of water into the air.
Need a little more inspiration?
If you still need a little more inspiration of the beauty of the Kimberley region and the King George Falls, have a look at some of these incredible Instagram posts which truly capture the magnificence of this region.
These visitors really fell in love with King George Falls:
Capturing the intensity of the falls perfectly:
An aerial shot of King George Falls that is just breathtaking:
The amazing jade-green water at King George Falls:
Book a cruise today and experience this incredible holiday
A trip to the King George Falls is the highlight of your experience in the Kimberley region, and a must-do adventure. The vast terrain, unique and ancient rock formations, combined with the rich flora and fauna that inhabits the area, and the water overflowing the dry, red rocks make this territory a true Australian treasure that deserves to be discovered and preserved. We’d love to speak with you today about creating your ultimate Kimberley getaway.