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Being an A-Class Reserve means that the native vegetation and heathland habitats create ideal conditions for the Island’s birds and other wildlife, especially the local fauna flourish. In A-Class nature
reserves, camping is only permitted if there are designated camping areas. Visitors should contact their nearest DEC office to determine if mooring, anchoring, fishing and accessing islands are permitted.
Travelling fishermen should be aware of the rules and regulations governing fishing at their chosen island destination. General fishing regulations for the four fisheries bio-regions in WA can be found on the
Department of Fisheries website at http:// www.fish.wa.gov.au/sec/rec/index.php. Many islands also contain marine protected areas (MPAs). These come in various forms, including Marine Parks, Marine Management
Areas, Fish Habitat Protection Areas and Marine Nature Reserves. Depending on the zoning of the area, fishing may be permitted in many marine protected areas. Most MPAs fall under the jurisdiction of the
Department of Environment and Conservation. The exception is Fish Habitat Protection Areas (FHPAs), which are managed through the Department of Fisheries. Information about MPAs can be found at
www.dec.wa .gov.au/content/section/40/1621/, while information about FHPAs can be found by searching for ‘fish habitat protection areas’ on the Department’s website, www.fish.wa .gov.au . It’s also possible to get
information from the Western Australian Recreational and Sportfishing Council at recfishwest.org.au .
The islands in WA’s largest freshwater lake
are popular for wilderness camping
LAKE ARGYLE ISLANDS
The damming of the Ord River has created an
amazing marine environment, offering a wide
range of water-based activities in and around
the lake, with islands, bays and beaches.
Located 60km east of Kununurra, the lake
is accessible via sealed road and floatplane.
Depending on the water level, there are
up to 90 islands, ranging from small rocky
outcrops to the largest, Hagan Island, which is
approximately 7km by 3km and shaped like a
crocodile. At night, the stars are magnificent,
seen from islands in the middle of the lake and
reflected in the water.
Stay on your boat or wilderness camp on the
beaches at Bullanyin Island. On Guy Reid Island,
there are stunning views across to Ulysses Bay
and up to four people can camp there. Lagoon
Island is sheltered from the southerly winds,
while Pumpkin Island is suitable for larger
groups. These are your only options if you want
to spend a night. Water is plentiful but you need
to bring everything else. You can also pitch a
tent at the resort on the mainland.
Coordinates: 16°14’04”S 128°47’58”E
Cruise the lake for wildlife and
birdwatching, with more than 270 species
recorded, including the rare gouldian finch.
Other creatures include short-eared rock
wallabies and around 35,000 freshwater
crocodiles. Swimming is popular, but at your
own risk. Fish the 26 species of native fish
with some big old barramundi to be caught.
May The 2012 Lake Argyle Swim in May
June to September For the coolest weather
February to March For the amazing
waterfalls during the Wet
September to November For migratory birds
What to do
Best time to go
Float plane at Bullanyin Island
(Photography Peter Devenish).
The islands of Lake Argyle
(Photography Tourism WA).
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