El Questro Homestead has become a by-word for absolute luxury within the Australian wilds. Located in the heart of the beautiful, forbidding Kimberley, The Homestead is an exclusive retreat open to just 18 guests.
“This hideaway is contemporary and relaxed, and exudes privilege. The manicured lawn, the grandee furnishings, the note-perfect staff – all perched 15 metres over the Chamberlain River…”
Kununurra was founded in 1963 to serve the huge Ord River irrigation scheme and generate a food basket in the wilderness. Nearby Lake Argyle is a man-made lake 25 times larger than Sydney Harbour and a spectacular sight. Other nearby attractions include the Argyle Diamond Mine, the source of fabled pink diamonds.
Kununurra serves as the main township to the East Kimberley including the Bungle Bungle Range that makes up Purnululu National Park, renowned for its striking sandstone domes, striped with orange and grey bands.
The Kimberley Region is vast, covering an expanse of nearly 423,000 square kilometres. With an estimated population of just 30,000 it has fewer people per square kilometre than almost any other place on Earth. It’s known for its mighty rivers, huge ranges and lush – almost magical – waterholes.
The region’s western-most gateway is Broome, famous for its stunning coastal location and pearling industry.
A range of activities is offered as part of the tariff. These include:
Boating through the Chamberlain Gorge Self-drive boats Bush culture, history and nature tour Bird-watching tour Exclusive use of Zebedee Springs (offered to Homestead guests every afternoon) Spectacular guided gorge walksSunset at Buddy’s Point
Sunset at Buddy’s Point
Tours and experiences available for extra cost:
El Questro’s Big Day Out (circumnavigating the Cockburn Range while taking in the highlights of El Questro’s northern boundaries) Miri Miri Waterfall by Helicopter The Lost City Cave Tour by Helicopter Champagne Springs Walk by Helicopter Amaroo Falls by Helicopter 4WD Fishing Tour to the Pentecost River Heli-fishing tours
El Questro Homestead serves an ever-changing menu of contemporary cuisine and fine wine, served to guests in the setting of their choice. Book a romantic table for two under the stars on a private cliff top, take a sumptuous picnic to a pristine rock pool, or share a bottle of champagne by a cascading waterfall.
Homestead Rooms feature modern bathrooms and furnishings. Each room has a private veranda overlooking the resort gardens with lounge furniture to relax and unwind at the end of the day. Rooms are air-conditioned and feature a private ensuite bathroom, personalised mini-bar and tea and coffee making facilities.
Gorge View Rooms
Chamberlain Gorge Rooms are perched above the Chamberlain Gorge and feature a private deck with lounge furniture overlooking the gorge allowing guests to relax in total privacy. All rooms are stylishly appointed and feature a modern en-suite bathroom with a private outdoor stone bathtub cantilevered over the Gorge. The rooms are air-conditioned and include a mini-bar personalised to your individual requirements as well as tea and coffee making facilities.
Cliff Side Retreat
Situated at the edge of a sheer escarpment, overlooking the spectacular wilderness. Uninterrupted views of the Chamberlain River can be enjoyed from both your daybed and the luxurious feather-topped bed that face floor to ceiling, sliding glass walls. The thoughtfully finished Retreats offer spacious, light filled interiors with quality furnishings that fit naturally within the Kimberley environment. The walkthrough wardrobe leads to a modern en-suite where the stunning El Questro landscape can be viewed at every turn. From the shower, access either the free standing bath on the verandah or the garden rain shower surrounded by magnificent stone walls that provide complete privacy. Generous ceiling fans and whisper quiet air conditioning ensure your comfort.
The Chamberlain Suite
Perched atop the Chamberlain Gorge, the Chamberlain Suite offers sublime panoramic views and features a wrap-around veranda with floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the magnificent sunset and sunrise over the gorge. The veranda boasts a relaxing lounge and dining area. The Suite is stylishly decorated with rustic Australian furnishings, is air-conditioned and offers a large wardrobe area, a modern bathroom with double shower and an outdoor private double deluxe bath overlooking the Chamberlain Gorge. Other features include a personalised mini-bar catering to guests’ individual requirements.
Air Access Light aircraft from Kununurra to El Questro takes approximately 25 minutes in a single engine plane.
Road Access El Questro is situated in the East Kimberley, 110km west of Kununurra by road – 58km on the sealed Great Northern Highway towards Wyndham, with the remainder on the unsealed and corrugated gravel Gibb River Road. Travel by 4WD is a must.