The Horizontal Waterfalls are to be found in the Talbot Bay in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. This stunning natural phenomenon in fact consists of a pair of openings or gorges in the McLarty Range through which an immense amount of water is pushed by tidal waves.
It is creating temporary waterfalls up to 5 meters high. And when the tide changes, so do the direction of the flow too. The twin gaps are located on two ridges running parallel approximately 300 meters apart.
The first and most seaward gap is about 20 meters wide and the 2nd is the most fantastic; the gap is about 10 meters wide. When the rising or falling tide occurs, the water builds up in front of the gaps faster than it can flow through them. This, in turn, make an astonishing waterfall effect as the water rushes through and then down to the lower levels on the other side of the ridgelines.
The course of action is reversed and it is repeated again in the opposite direction. The tides in this vicinity have a 10-meter variation that occurs over 6 1/2 hours from low tide to high tide and vice versa.
On a slack tide, it is likely to drive boats through the two gaps to the bay behind. The gorgeous waterfall phenomena have been described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”.