We depart Kununurra in a light aircraft to follow the trail of the dreamtime Barramundi (the “Jaliwang” to the local Miriuwung people). Ted Hall tells his mother’s enchanting story of the Jaliwang as it evaded fish traps set on the Ord River, carving its way south, and creating the Dunham River as we know it today. En route we survey the vast Sandalwood plantations at Kingston’s Rest, the awesome Ragged Ranges and of course the Argyle Diamond’s pit and mine-site at Matso Range, where the Jaliwang came to rest.
After 40 minutes in the air we set down at Argyle Diamond Mine where you are welcomed with a traditional “Muntha”, a ceremony to ensure safe passage through this land at the world renowned Argyle Diamond Mine in its last year of operation. The Luridgii Tours bus will pick you up and your iconic tour will commence, firstly we climb the tailings wall to the lookout over the processing plant, while the Luridgii guide tells of the geological formation and eventual discovery of diamonds on their country, of the sorrow at the desecration of an important sacred site, but also happily of the opportunities and partnerships that have benefited his people. We next take a close-up inspection of the processing plant, and the ingenious technology used to extract these precious gems. The Luridgii guide will take you to visit the mine gallery to view some of largest diamonds ever extracted and the mine-site village where we have buffet lunch and refreshments served at the miner’s mess lookout, and the gallery as well as the shop and yes you can buy a diamond directly from the mine.
Our coach then heads out to Smoke Creek and the headwaters of Lake Argyle where your vessel awaits. Hosted by Lake Argyle Cruises, the late afternoon and sunset cruise across the full length of Lake Argyle offers unique opportunities for bird-watching and photographing the rich red escarpments and islands, you will learn of the ancient and modern history of this extraordinary man-made lake. There is also, an opportunity to swim in the cool Clear waters have a glass or two of sparkling Wine Or beer, with nibbles. On arrival at the Argyle Village marina we board our coach for the Transfer back to your accommodation in Kununurra. After an extraordinary day on land, on water and in the air-filled with unique insights we will have you back home at around 7:00pm.
Ted Hall is one of the most experienced tour guides in the North East Kimberley. He is passionate about his country and sharing his knowledge with you.
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