Montgomery Reef is a reef located off Western Australia's Kimberley coast. It lies at the south-western end of Camden Sound and surrounds Montgomery Islands.
The reef is about 20 km (12 ml) off-shore opposite Collier Bay (to the south) and Doubtful Bay (to the east). The nearest populated settlement is Bardi which is nearly 130 km (81 ml) to the south-west and has a total area of 400 km2 (154 ml2) making it the largest inshore reef in Australia.
With a length of about 80 km (50 ml), the reef is subject to remarkable tidal movements to a maximum of 10 m (33 ft). When the tide is out sandstone islets, vast lagoons and a central mangrove isle are revealed. The outward movement of the tide forms a torrent of water, creating a river cutting through the reef and hundreds of cascading waterfalls. At low tide more than 4 metres (13 ft) of reef can be exposed.
When the tide is out-going a series of cascading waterfalls are revealed which attract migrating wading birds, manta rays,feeding turtles, dugongs and black tipped reef sharks. The region is a popular tourist site and offers several cruise operators visiting daily.
Montgomery Reef and island are both christened by the first European to sight the isle aboard Mermaid, Philip Parker King (1791-1856), while exploring the region in 1818. He named the island after Andrew Montgomery, ship's surgeon.
Highlights: Tidal Cascade, reef walk
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|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|26 July, 2018|
|L'Austral||Raft Point, Kimberley, Western Australia|
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