Mitchell Falls (Punamii-Unpuu)
Discover one of the Kimberley’s most sensational natural attractions.
At Punamii-unpuu (Mitchell Falls and surrounds), the Mitchell River and its tributaries have carved spectacular gorges and waterfalls into the sandstone bordering the laterite-capped Mitchell Plateau. The Mitchell Falls command this area and are undoubtedly one of the most sensational natural attractions in the Kimberley.
When visiting the area it is mandatory to take the 3 hour guided walk down to the Falls and then return via a scenic helicopter flight. On your way down you’ll journey through spinifex, woodlands and gorges dotted with Wandjina and Gwion Gwion Rock Art. There’s also a number of secluded waterholes, perfect for a cooling dip, and an array of wildlife including lizards, wallabies and brolgas along the way.
You will pass the beautiful ‘Little Merten’s Falls’ and ‘Big Merten’s Falls’ then arrive at the stunning ‘Mitchell Falls.’ The Punamii-unpuu is a powerful story place for the Indigenous people of the Plateau with great cultural and spiritual significance. Here you can swim in the long pool above the Falls, an unforgettable experience. And there is a chance you may even sight the Kimberley’s rare black grass wrens.
The Mitchell Falls are impressive in the dry season and equally so in the wet season. There are four tiers to the Mitchell Falls, and each one can generally be defined from the viewing area. However, during the wet season the four tiers turn into one or two tiers due to the sheer amount of water flowing down the Mitchell River. With Outback Spirit, you have the choice of visiting this magnificent part of the Kimberley in both seasons!
Every tour we operate to the region includes a scenic helicopter flight over the Falls and back to the ranger station located at the start of the walk.