Visiting the north of Australia, Lake Argyle is your first stop in Western Australia when travelling from the Northern Territory and the last of the Kimberley’s amazing attractions when leaving Western Australia. The closest town is Kununurra – one of the youngest towns in Australia and a service centre for the East Kimberley’s growing tourism, agriculture and mining industries!
Lake Argyle is situated at the end of one of the most scenic drives in Australia. The easiest way to visit Lake Argyle is to drive the sealed road from either the Northern Territory or the town of Kununurra.
Other travel options include a scenic cruise up the magnificent Ord River from Kununurra, a scenic flight in a float plane from Kununurra or even a helicopter flight.
Kununurra (the main town in the East Kimberley) is serviced by sealed roads from Katherine in the Northern Territory (500km) or Broome in the south western Kimberley (1000km).
Location Reference: S 16°06.748′ E 128°44.382′
*Click map to view map of the Lake and the surrounding area.
By vehicle from Katherine, Northern Territory. (510km)
After passing through the Quarantine Checkpoint at the border, drive 7 km and turn left onto the sealed, all weather, Lake Argyle Road, a spectacular 35km scenic drive into the Carr Boyd Ranges. The Resort & Caravan Park are in the village at the end of Lake Argyle Road just 1km from the Lake Argyle Dam Wall.
By vehicle from Kununurra (70km)
Travel 35 km east along the Victoria highway and turn right onto the sealed, all weather Lake Argyle Road, a spectacular 35km scenic drive into the Carr Boyd Ranges. The Resort & Caravan Park are in the village at the end of Lake Argyle Road just 1km from the Lake Argyle Dam Wall.
From the Lake Argyle Road
The 35km drive along a sealed road enables you to view the majestic scenery before arriving at the Lake Argyle Village. Here you will find the information centre, small shop, camping and caravan park and accommodation check in.
From Lake Argyle Village it is a short 3km return scenic drive or walk along a sealed road taking you to various lookouts, the boat ramps, across the dam wall, a view of the Hydro Electric power station and the magnificent Picnic Area below the Dam (day use only 7.00am to 5.00pm).
Please note: Due to Watercorp regulations, NO Caravans are permitted on the drive down across the Dam Wall. However, after booking into the Caravan / Camping park you can enjoy all that the area has to offer. (Alternatively, a courtesy area is available at the village for you to park and unhook your van.)
If travelling by road from the Northern Territory, plan your journey so you use up fresh fruit and vegetables before crossing the border as Quarantine restrictions apply and your vehicle will be searched! (see bottom of this page for details) The Village Store has basic fruit and vegetables, milk, bread and other essential items to replenish your supplies.
To arrange alternative ways to get to Lake Argyle, please contact us.
Google Map Reference
note: the road to Lake Argyle is not necessarily shown when you zoom in on this map, but it does exist!
If travelling by road, plan your journey so you use up fresh fruit and vegetables before crossing the border as Quarantine Restrictions apply and your vehicle will be searched!
The Village Store has basic fruit and vegetables, milk, bread and other essential items to replenish your supplies.
QUARANTINE WA: Western Australia is free from many of the insect or animal pests, plant or animal diseases and weeds which are present elsewhere in Australia, but there is a high risk of them arriving on goods carried or used by travellers.
Invisible or hard to see dangers – such as insect eggs and fungus spores on fruit, or seeds on muddy tyres – could cause them to become established and damage Western Australia’s agriculture, environment and social values.
Your cooperation in preventing the introduction of pests, diseases and weeds is appreciated. Please declare all food, plant material, animals and agricultural items at Quarantine WA checkpoints.
Prohibited items when
travelling into Western Australia
• Fresh fruit and vegetables*unless certiﬁed in State or Territory of origin
• Home-dried fruit and vegetables which have not been dried to commercial standards
• Frozen raw apple, grape, stone fruit, paw-paw, blueberry, mango with skin or seed attached, unpeeled potato and onion
• Raw walnuts in shells
• Honey and other hive products unless certiﬁed as heat-treated
• Bees and apiary equipment
• Weeds and weed seeds
• Soil (including soil in plant pots)
• Used agricultural/horticultural containers (such as potato sacks, wheat/seed bags, chaff bags, fruit/vegetable cartons)
• Plants*(including cut ﬂowers and foliage)
*Some fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and seeds are classed as Restricted, which means they are allowed entry under certain conditions.
Plants classed as Restricted must be certiﬁed and soil-free. Seeds classed as Restricted must be identiﬁed by species name and free from contaminant seeds; some must be certiﬁed as free from particular pests and diseases.
Visit www.agric.wa.gov.au/quarantine for entry requirements.
• Commercially packaged dried fruit and vegetables except for apple and loquat with peel
• Frozen raw fruit and vegetables except for those listed above as prohibited
• Nuts except for raw walnuts in shells
• Fresh ﬁsh
• Dairy products
• Meat products
• Processed foods such as biscuits, fruit-cake, fruit juice, cordial and dried packet foods such as polished rice except for unmilled rice.
Travelling with animals
Pets such as cats, dogs, budgerigars, cockatiels, weeros, domestic rabbits and guinea pigs are permitted entry, provided cages contain no fruit, vegetables, seed, feed or straw. Many other birds and animals are prohibited, restricted or requirepermits. To check requirements, ring the Department of Environment and Conservation on (08) 9334 0333.
Visit: the Western Australian Department of Agriculture website or call (08) 9334 1800 for up to date Quarantine information.