Kununurra waterfall photograph of family

Thegooyeng - Black Rock Falls


Living in the remote outback town of Kununurra, we have access to some of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the East Kimberley, right at our doorstep. One of my favourites to visit during the Top End's monsoonal wet season is Thegooyeng, otherwise known as Black Rock Falls. Few waterfalls are as spectacular, with the water's gentle drop over the 30 metre black-stained cliff, into a pristine sub-mountain pool; perfect for cooling off from the +40°C days and having a relaxing day out swimming with the girls. Depending on who you talk to, some locals don't like to swim here because they think its too cold, but we love it! We especially love bringing our girls here as there is no climbing, scaling or stairs required to reach the waterhole, making it safer and more accessible for our kids to explore and enjoy.

Black Rock Falls is approx. 40 minute drive from Kununurra, depending on the conditions along the 4WD track along the Parry Creek Rd (the old Wyndham road that leads to the famous Ivanhoe Crossing). Depending on the frequency and intensity of the first rains, Black Rock Falls usually starts flowing around December / January - and starts to dry up again shortly after the last rains in March / April - however every wet season is different.


While swimming here is safe from crocodiles, we always make sure to keep an eye out as Black Rock Falls is known to be home to some of Australia's most venomous snakes - particularly the King Brown Snake (Mulga) being frequently spotted around this area.