Montgomery Reef, Western Australia
Montgomery Reef is located in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. It is Australia’s largest inshore reef at more than 400 km². The reef is subject to unusual tidal movements. When the tide is out vast lagoons, sandstone islets and a central mangrove island are revealed. The outward movement of the tide forms a loud torrent of water, creating a river cutting through the reef and hundreds of cascading waterfalls. At low tide more than four metres of reef can be exposed.
Montgomery Reef offers a stunning array of marine life. Here you may see whales, dolphins, dugong, turtles, manta rays and the black tipped reef shark cruising along the reef ledges.
Things to see and do
* Reef exploration
* Marine life
* Glass bottom boat reef tour
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Australian Dollar (AUD)
Language – English
Land Area – 292 km²
Time – GMT plus eight hours
Electricity - 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centered below Australian style
International Country Telephone Code – 61
Port Location – Cruises to the Kimberley Region can leave from Broome, Darwin and Wyndham.
Travel Links - There are no international scheduled flights. Broome and Kununurra have daily scheduled flights, and Derby has a few direct flights a week. Broome is the most easily accessed town, with flights from Perth, Sydney, Darwin, Melbourne, Brisbane and Alice Springs on the weekend. Kununurra and Derby are a bit more challenging to get to, with flights from Darwin, Broome or Perth only.
There are scheduled buses by Greyhound from Perth to Darwin, stopping at Broome, Derby and Kununurra. Keep in mind that it is an extremely long bus trip (Perth to Broome will keep you seated for more than 30 hours, and add another 30 hours to get to Darwin).