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The Kimberley – The Berkeley River Lodge


  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Wi-Fi
  • Nespresso machine
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Lap pool
  • Guest lounge
  • Library

Overview – The Berkeley River Lodge

Accessible only by air or boat, The Berkeley River Lodge could very well be Australia’s remotest luxury getaway.

Sandwiched between the turquoise Timor Sea and native bushland thrumming with wildlife, The Berkeley River Lodge is set upon undulating sand dunes on the Kimberley’s unexplored north-east coast, 150km from the nearest town. Taking only 40 guests at a time, this exclusive beachside property is comprised of just 20 glass-fronted, freestanding villas with 180-degree perspectives of the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf and craggy red furrows carved by the Berkeley River as it winds its way out to the sea.

With no mobile coverage, this is a destination to really get back to nature. Guests can do as much or as little as they like from sunbathing by the lap pool and dozing in their open-air bath tub, to fishing for barramundi, helicopter flight-seeing and hiking to a waterfall. Led by expert guides, The Berkeley River Lodge activity list is as varied as the property’s environs; river cruising, rock fishing, bush walking, star gazing and sea turtle viewing are just some of the many options to enrich your Kimberley experience. Itineraries are tailored to fit individual schedules and budgets, and are subject to weather conditions and vehicle or vessel availability.

Dining at Dunes Restaurant is a pleasure in itself – quality ingredients are sourced from all over the world. Think grain-fed Angus beef, European cheeses and a global wine list. Breakfasts can be cooked to order while lunches and dinners are multi-course degustation-style. Have your meal accompanied with beverages matched by a skillful sommelier, order room service or ask the kitchen team to pack you a picnic so you can eat outdoors, by crystalline rock pools or on the banks of a sparkling creek.

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Berkeley River Lodge

Rooms – Berkeley River Lodge

The 20 air-conditioned villas are perched high on the crests of sandy dunes, and feature either one king or two single beds and an open-air ensuite for a moonlit shower or bath beneath the stars. Enjoy a selection of T2 teas or Nespresso coffee on the furnished outdoor deck, or snooze on the comfortable day bed.

Berkeley River Lodge

Ocean View Villa 32m²
As its name suggests, this villa has a dramatic ocean aspect. Awaken to the sight of the glittering Timor Sea or sit on your veranda and watch the tide come in. Capacity: 2 persons

River View Villa 32m²
Facing the Berkeley River and its tributaries, the River View Villa differs from the Ocean View Villa only in its outlook. Watch sunrise or sunset over the steep-sided gorges or spot rock wallabies from the comfort of your private deck. Capacity: 2 persons

Berkeley River Lodge
Berkeley River Lodge

Facilities – The Berkeley River Lodge

  • 20 villas
  • Dunes Restaurant
  • Sommelier
  • Lap pool
  • Sundeck
  • Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Business centre
Berkeley River Lodge

Activities – The Berkeley River Lodge

  • Self-guided and expert-led nature walks
  • Scenic river and coastal cruises
  • 4WD beach-and-bush excursions
  • Fishing charters

Activities at extra cost

  • Wilderness picnics
  • Helicopter flights
  • Special interest tours e.g. fishing and photography
Berkeley River Lodge
Berkeley River Lodge

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Getting There

There are no roads leading to the resort; guests must pre-book an early scheduled air transfer from Darwin to reach The Berkeley River Lodge. Private air transfers are available, subject to availability.

Combine With

For more superlative wilderness, head to Broome, Ningaloo Reef, Darwin or Kakadu National Park. It is also possible to extend your Kimberley adventure with a stay at El Questro Homestead, which by Western Australian standards is relatively close to The Berkeley River Lodge. This property offers a close-up look at the Kimberley’s interior, which is studded with thermal springs, boab trees, gorges and waterfalls.

  • One of Australia’s most remote luxury lodges
  • Gorgeous Timor Sea frontage
  • Gourmet cuisine and a resident sommelier
  • Dramatic Berkeley River gorges
  • Incredible fishing opportunities
  • Seasonal sea turtle viewing
  • Optional once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as helicopter tours
  • Bountiful native wildlife including crocodiles and wallabies
  • Endless skies and wide open spaces
  • Hidden waterfalls and secret swimming holes

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