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The Kimberley – El Questro Homestead

Amenities

  • Shared computer with internet access
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Motorised dinghies

Overview – El Questro Homestead

A glamorous oasis in the remote and rugged Kimberley region, El Questro Homestead is a diamond in the rough.

Three times the size of England, the Kimberley is a vast, chiefly arid savannah landscape punctuated by distinctive boab trees, cleaved by deep sandstone ravines and the occasional pristine waterway. Daintily balanced along the steep sides of the Chamberlain River, the luxurious and isolated El Questro Homestead consists of nine thoughtfully appointed suites, a swimming pool and tennis court, surrounded by a million acres of mostly untouched wilderness. The nearest major settlement – Kununurra – is 110km to the west.

Guests begin their day with a hearty breakfast on the El Questro Homestead veranda. The variety and freshness of the food makes it easy to forget that you are miles from the nearest town. Lunch and dinner are convivial occasions; a long table is set up at midday for guests and guides to go over the morning’s adventures in the shade, whilst the three-course evening meal begins at the bar. Sourdough bread is baked fresh daily, while tropical fruit such as giant red paw paws come from the lush Ord Valley hours away.

A typical day might begin with an early morning outing to birding sites frequented by graceful brolgas, blue-winged kookaburras and colourful honeyeaters. Later that afternoon, take in towering rocky escarpments on a walk to Emma Gorge, then refresh with a swim in the waterfalls and thermal pools of Zebedee Springs. Fill your hours fishing, taking river cruises and nature walks. You could also explore the property waterholes by borrowing one of the many motorised dinghies. Short flights to Mitchell Falls and the Bungle Bungles can be arranged at additional cost. A visit to the well-hidden Miri Miri Falls – accessible only by helicopter – is highly recommended.

Retire at night to the comfort of your air-conditioned, timber and tile-floored suite. All rooms have an adjoining bathroom with premium Aesop bath products, and a Bose sound system. Guests help themselves to a free open bar (cellar list excluded) and there is a shared computer with internet access. Wi-Fi is only available in public areas at El Questro Homestead.

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Rooms – El Questro Homestead

There are just nine rooms at this exclusive homestead, all designed to maximise their striking surroundings. All are twin-share, and rates include all meals and guided tours within the El Questro Valley. Please note that El Questro Homestead is closed during the wet season, around end of October to March.

El Questro Homestead

Homestead Garden Room
This modern room adjoins the main lodge, has an ensuite bathroom with shower, and a garden-facing veranda. Bedding is king-sized, but 2 king singles can be arranged. Capacity: 2 guests

Chamberlain Gorge Room
Cantilevered over the gorge, this room has floor to ceiling windows, a furnished private deck, and a sculpted stone bath tub which looks out on the river below. Capacity: 2 guests

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The Chamberlain Suite
Sharing a roof with the gorge rooms, the suite appears to cling to the cliff face, held up only by spindly timber columns. Sunsets and sunrises can be savoured on the wrap-around veranda, from your king bed or the massive double bath. Capacity: 2 guests

Cliff Side Retreat
The newest addition to the homestead, this standalone villa is a short stroll from the main lodge. Ceiling fans and almost silent air-conditioners keep temperatures cool, while the outdoor bath tub and two showers (one indoors, one open-air) will make for some memorable bathing. Capacity: 2 guests

El Questro Homestead

Facilities – El Questro

  • 9 suites
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Gardens
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Activities – El Questro

  • Selected tours within El Questro Wilderness Park

Activities at extra cost

  • Heli-fishing
  • Scenic helicopter flights over the Cockburn Range, Pentecost and Chamberlain gorges
  • Miri Miri, a spring-fed waterfall accessible only by air
  • Champagne Springs, with return helicopter transfer
  • 4WD fishing tour of the Pentecost River
  • Bungle Bungle and Lake Argyle scenic flight
  • Mitchell Falls
  • King George Falls
  • Explosion Gorge and Branco’s Lookout
  • El Questro’s Big Day Out
El Questro Homestead
El Questro Homestead

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Location

Western Australia

Getting There

There are regular flights from Darwin, Perth and Broome to Kununurra. This frontier town is 110km from El Questro Homestead. The property offers twice-daily scheduled transfers from the airport. It is also possible to self-drive from Kununurra; bear in mind that the gravel drive into El Questro Wilderness Park is not suitable for 2WD or low 4WD vehicles, and the last creek at Emma Gorge Resort may be unpassable. Make sure to seek up-to-date road conditions before you leave, especially in times of inclement weather.

Combine With

You could extend your wilderness explorations with a visit to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef; Sal Salis offers a truly special eco-experience in the heart of Cape Range National Park. All flights to Exmouth originate from Perth, so why not spend some time in the sunny Western Australian capital? Alternatively, fly into Darwin, gateway to the untamed Top End, which teems with avian and terrestrial species in numbers found no where else in Australia.

Highlights
  • A splendid oasis set in a million acres of wilderness
  • Personalised itineraries
  • Sensational food and wine
  • The marvellous Zebedee Thermal Springs
  • Open-air 4WD vehicle and motorised dinghy excursions
  • Remote El Questro Wilderness Park
  • The staggering Chamberlain and Emma gorges
  • Resident rock wallabies, crocodiles and a profusion of birdlife
  • Horse riding, fishing and heli-fishing opportunities
  • Astounding outdoor experiences

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