Punamii-Uunpuu (Mitchell Falls): Everything You Need To Know

Punamii-Uunpuu (Mitchell Falls): Everything You Need To Know

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Arguably one of WA’s most impressive waterfalls, Mitchell Falls is a magnificent multi-step waterfall and an incredible sight to see. Located in the Kimberley, either tackle the challenging Mitchell Plateau Track while you detour off the Gibb River Road or see it from the sky; it’s well worth the adventure and effort to see this beautiful natural wonder for yourself.

What is it?

Punamii-Uunpuu (Mitchell Falls) is a spectacular four-tiered waterfall. Venture out to the remote Mitchell Plateau in the Kimberley to see water cascading down the rugged escarpment from pool to pool of deep, emerald-green water, spilling over a total height of 80 metres, and soak up the breathtaking views. Nearby you’ll also find incredible rock art sites and picturesque swimming spots.

Where is it?

Located in the Mitchell River National Park in the Kimberley, this beauty requires a bit of effort to get to but it’s well worth it! Pack the 4WD (high clearance needed) and hit the Gibb River Road. About 240 kilometres along the Gibb from Kununurra, or 416 kilometres from Derby, you’ll find the junction to Kalumburu Road. Turn off there to get to the Mitchell Plateau Track (Port Warrender Road) and the Mitchell Falls Campground. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time into a prehistoric looking landscape as you tackle the rough Port Warrender Road while it narrowly winds through towering Livistona palms and spectacular scenery. Word of warning: this track can be very rough, heavily corrugated and slow going (our tip: you can leave your camper trailer or anything you’re towing at Drysdale River Station for a small fee. The station also has fuel, supplies, tyres, campsites and tours to Mitchell Falls). Another great way to see this waterfall is from the sky, with a number of scenic flight options available.

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