El Questro Station
The Kimberley region is a complex vista of dry, dusty savannah punctuated by rainforests of wet palm trees and delicate maidenhair ferns. Year-round springs feed steep gorges and wide rivers.
El Questro, a one-million-acre cattle station and luxury wilderness resort, is 80 kilometres west of Kununurra. This is the first or last stop on the 660-kilometre Gibb River Road and presents a generous sample of the Kimberley in one compact package.
Choose a luxurious room by the river, a tented cabin nestled in the wilderness or a night under canvas. Perched atop the Chamberlain Gorge, El Questro Homestead is a private and exclusive building that hosts only 20 guests at a time and delivers luxurious comfort, fine dining and a unique perspective of the Kimberley.
Each guest gets a personalised itinerary, which can cater just as much to those seeking relaxation as to those seeking thrills. Choose from fishing, helicopter rides, 4WD excursions into the bush, gorge-swimming, horse-riding, waterfall-chasing and scenic flights into the Bungle Bungles. When you get back to the homestead, settle into a three-course dinner with matched wines, underneath the stars.
Bushwalks and swims abound, but Emma Gorge is a highlight. The dramatic falls pour from a 65-metre-high cliff into a deep plunge pool at the end of the 1.6-kilometre walk. The water is cool and refreshing, shaded by the tower-high cliffs for most of the day – not to mention so clear and fresh you could drink it. Bliss out for a few hours before making your way back along the track past Turquoise Pool, for another dip. The surface here is lit by the sun, giving the water the turquoise colour it’s named for.
The hotel is closed each year between late October and early April during the humid and hot-wet season of northern Australia.