As each enormous Kimberley tide retreats, Montgomery Reef appears to rise out of the sea, shedding water in spectacular cascades and countless waterfalls. Marine creatures race over the edge of the rapidly drying reef to the safety of the sea, creating spectacular scenes unequalled anywhere in the country. At over 300 square kilometres, this is Australia’s largest inshore reef, found 20km off the central Kimberley Coast in Lalanggarram/Camden Sound Marine Park.
The Worrora people are the traditional custodians of this important Humpback whale nursery, known as Yowjab in the Dambinmangari language. The reef is home to Australian snubfin and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, dugong and threatened marine turtles, and estuarine crocodiles have been spotted sunbaking on the reef. Montgomery also displays a variety of vibrant, coloured coral.