About this place
The falls are formed by the powerful tides rushing through two narrow gorges in Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago, north of Derby, and actually reverse as the tide turns.
The Dambimangari traditional owners call the Horizontal Falls Garaangaddim and request that visitors do not negotiate the falls by boat when the tide is rushing, as they believe the tide rushing is the Woongudd (creator snake) itself.
The best way to see this phenomenon is to take a scenic flight from Derby or Broome, timed to see it at its best.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Pay attention to all warning signs, however just because a sign isn’t there doesn’t mean crocodiles aren’t present. If you are unsure don't swim, canoe or use small boats in estuaries, tidal rivers or pools and contact the nearest Parks and Wildlife office.
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of Horizontal Falls.
We recognise and acknowledge Dambimangari people as the traditional owners of Lalang-garram/Horizontal Falls Marine Park.