A rare glimpse of Lake Argyle
The view of Lake Argyle from the Ord Top Dam is simply magnificent and is a completely unexpected surprise for many visitors.
In 1971 the Ord River Dam was completed and Lake Argyle was filled by 1974.
Argyle Downs Homestead
Originally built from hand honed limestone blocks using crushed termite mounds as mortar, the historic Durack Homestead was dismantled when Lake Argyle formed and was then reassembled with every stone in its original position. The homestead is now a museum dedicated to the pioneering spirit of its namesake, the Durack Family. It forms part of Triple J Tours Ord River Day Tour and Ord River Day Tour with Riverside Lunch.
A bit about Lake Argyle:
- When full, the area of the lake formed by the Ord Dam is 980 square kilometres
- It normally holds as much water as 18 Sydney Harbours
- If the lake was flooded to its maximum capacity, make that 70!
- Length at the crest of the Ord River Dam is 335 metres
- Height from the river bed is 98.5 metres
- The maximum depth in flood is 63 metres
- The highest level to date was April 2011, peaking at 101 metres
To fully appreciate the scale and scenic wonderland of this area, add a Lake Argyle sunset or luncheon cruise to your Triple J Tours Ord River Cruise.