SCUBA DIVING ON LAKE ARGYLE

October is dive month at Lake Argyle! For all scuba dive bookings and enquiries please email dive@lakeargyle.com.

The Lake Argyle dive tours will be led by PADI Dive Instructor Natalie Callanan from Pilbara Dive. Natalie has been a passionate scuba diver for over 20 years. She first learned to dive in 1995 on the Great Barrier Reef and around the many islands near Mackay, QLD. Now based in Karratha and Dampier in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, Natalie runs a successful Dive Operation along the spectacular Pilbara Coast.

Pilbara Dive and Lake Argyle Resort conducted a series of trial dives on Lake Argyle in October 2018 and discovered many amazing dive sites to be further explored this season.

Bamboo Cove

Amazing clear and deep waters adjacent to the Lake Argyle Resort and Banangum Ridge. Teaming with native fish & reptiles and the eerie sculptures of the skeletal remains of trees and rocky outcrops which have been submerged in pure fresh water for nearly 50 years. This is a fantastic location for beginner divers and those wishing to try out the Lake Argyle Diving Experience.

Coolibah Pocket

Just out in front of the dam wall you can find the abandoned and now submerged construction sites from the building of the main dam wall back in 1969 to ’71. With the remnants of the construction area mostly cleared up there are pieces of old buildings and construction equipment strewn across these sites and workshop areas. With the lake at record low levels this year these sites will be at depths from 10 to 25 meters mainly with some infrastructure expected to be near the surface by October. Old water tanks and buildings, apparently a couple of old Cat D9 Dozers (we couldn’t find them in 2018 but are very determined to do so this year), random vehicle and machinery parts and other pieces of general plant and machinery. A very interesting dive and a huge area yet to be discovered.

Pannikin Bay Airstrip Site

The Construction of the main Dam wall required an airstrip to service the project. As Lake argyle filled this strip was submerged in what is now known as Pannikin Bay. This site is not always a safe dive site as it is where the spillway runs out of the lake and would be high risk if the spillway was running. This year the low lake levels mean that the spillway is high and dry making Pannikin Bay a safe and secure dive location which is expected to be very high visibility this season with no through currents to stir up the sediments. We are looking forward to venturing into Pannikin Bay to discover the old runway and airport structures.

Crocodile Cove

Not for the faint hearted, this protected little cove is a favourite habitat for the timid and beautiful Johnson River Freshwater Crocodiles that thrive in Lake Argyle. Also teaming with fish and fresh water terrapin (long necked tortoise). Spectacular masses of fragile aquatic weed make for protective forests for the many fish species.

Gundarim Point

A spot where the tour boats regularly stop to feed the native fish during the busy season from April to October each year. The little cove sits out in the main body of Lake Argyle and is also teeming with fish. The lake bed is like a desert wasteland with a few dead trees spread around the area and the mooring lines from the tour boats leading up to the surface. With shallow depths of 5 to 15 meters this is also a great dive for novices or those not brave enough to tackle the darker deep waters of this massive lake.

The Argyle Downs Homestead Site

“The dive everybody wants to tick off  their bucket list”

(Please see the diver qualifications requirements at the bottom of this section before booking you Argyle Homestead Dive Adventure)

Submerged by the fast-rising waters of the Lake that bears its name in 1971 and early ’72, the Homestead Site is one of Australia’s best historical dives. The main homestead was partially pulled down to be rebuilt above the lake waters adjacent to the Lake Argyle Resort. Unfortunately, the demolition was cut short as Lake Argyle filled much quicker than anticipated.

The remnants of the main homestead and many outbuildings are now submerged and make for great diving. Over the years many amazing items have been discovered. An old tractor still parked beside a fuel bowser, the station workers quarters and saddlery, the cook house and outhouse from the main homestead, the generator shed and main bore tripod and water tanks. Plus a few old station vehicles and trucks, garden beds and the Argyle Airstrip nearby. In 2019 the main homestead site will be in 7 to 15 meters of water with expected better than normal visibility. This will be a very popular dive choice and will sell out fast. The homestead dives will be mostly through the last 2 weeks of October as it is expected this will be the best visibility.

1971-72 – Operation Ord Noah – Henry Hall Album Collection – Album Page 11 Henry Hall – Operation Ord Noah Album Print Collection Kununurra Historical Society Archive Number – KHS-2014-140-b-P-D-11 Digitised and Documented by KHS Volunteer AB Visit the Kununurra Museum http://www.kununurra.org.au/

1971-72 – Operation Ord Noah – Argyle Downs 04 – Bob Dear – Geoff Hanley Bert Lee – Operation Ord Noah – Print Collection Kununurra Historical Society Archive Number – KHS-2013-31-b-P-BD-21 Digitised and Documented by KHS Volunteer AB Visit the Kununurra Museum http://www.kununurra.org.au/

1971-72 – Operation Ord Noah – Argyle Downs 07 – New House – Truck Q Bert Lee – Operation Ord Noah – Print Collection Kununurra Historical Society Archive Number – KHS-2013-31-b-P-BD-24 Digitised and Documented by KHS Volunteer AB Visit the Kununurra Museum http://www.kununurra.org.au/

1971-72 – Operation Ord Noah – Argyle Downs 12 – Flooded Scenes Bert Lee – Operation Ord Noah – Print Collection Kununurra Historical Society Archive Number – KHS-2013-31-b-P-BD-29 Digitised and Documented by KHS Volunteer AB Visit the Kununurra Museum http://www.kununurra.org.au/

1971-72 – Operation Ord Noah – Argyle Downs – 01 – Overall view of drowning Argyle Downs 2 Henry Hall – Operation Ord Noah Album Print Collection Kununurra Historical Society Archive Number – KHS-2014-140-b-P-D-04-2-Crop Digitised and Documented by KHS Volunteer AB Visit the Kununurra Museum http://www.kununurra.org.au/

1971-72 – Operation Ord Noah – Argyle Downs 05 – Shed Tank-Stand Tripod Bert Lee – Operation Ord Noah – Print Collection Kununurra Historical Society Archive Number – KHS-2013-31-b-P-BD-22 Digitised and Documented by KHS Volunteer AB Visit the Kununurra Museum http://www.kununurra.org.au/

1971-72 – Operation Ord Noah – Argyle Downs 06 – Unknown Tripod Climber Bert Lee – Operation Ord Noah – Print Collection Kununurra Historical Society Archive Number – KHS-2013-31-b-P-BD-23 Digitised and Documented by KHS Volunteer AB Visit the Kununurra Museum http://www.kununurra.org.au/

1971-72 – Operation Ord Noah – Argyle Downs 03 – Henry Hall – Bob Dear in boat Bert Lee – Operation Ord Noah – Print Collection Kununurra Historical Society Archive Number – KHS-2013-31-b-P-BD-20 Digitised and Documented by KHS Volunteer AB Visit the Kununurra Museum http://www.kununurra.org.au/

1971-72 – Operation Ord Noah – Argyle Downs station – Crew on Roof to Right – 2
Henry Hall – Operation Ord Noah Album Print Collection
Kununurra Historical Society
Archive Number – KHS-2014-140-b-P-D-11-1-Crop-1
Digitised and Documented by KHS Volunteer AB
Visit the Kununurra Museum
http://www.kununurra.org.au/

Buoyancy Homestead Site

The Argyle Downs Homestead Site

Submerged by the fast-rising waters of the Lake that bears its name in 1971 and early ’72, the Homestead Site is one of Australia’s best historical dives. The main homestead was partially pulled down to be rebuilt above the lake waters adjacent to the Lake Argyle Resort. Unfortunately, the demolition was cut short as Lake Argyle filled much quicker than anticipated.

The remnants of the main homestead and many outbuildings are now submerged and make for great diving. Over the years many amazing items have been discovered. An old tractor still parked beside a fuel bowser, the station workers quarters and saddlery, the cook house and outhouse from the main homestead, the generator shed and main bore tripod and water tanks. Plus a few old station vehicles and trucks, garden beds and the Argyle Airstrip nearby.

In 2019 the main homestead site will be in 7 to 15 meters of water with expected better than normal visibility. This will be a very popular dive choice and will sell out fast. The homestead dives will be mostly through the last 2 weeks of October as it is expected this will be the best visibility.

Although this dive is relatively shallow and well within Open Water Diver limits, we have stated that divers must have a minimum certification of Advanced Open Water to dive this site.  This is because divers must have excellent buoyancy skills as the area has a silty bottom which is easily stirred up.  We are happy to consider divers with open water qualifications if they can show us they have a minimum of 20 dives and have dived within the last 6 months.

Please be aware that if the silty bottom is disturbed this will greatly decrease visibility instantly and will impact if the dive site can be continued to be dived upon that day or subsequent days.

If you are unsure of your buoyancy skills please let us know.

We are able to offer a PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty dive or you can even do your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification at Lake Argyle before diving the Homestead site.

  • For all dive charter bookings and availability dates please email: dive@lakeargyle.com
  • For further detail regarding your buoyancy skill requirements or other dive technical information we can be contacted by email at: pilbaradive@iinet.net.au


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