The safari experience so synonymous with Africa holidays has landed in Australia thanks to El Questro Homestead, a boutique hotel supplying luxurious touches and unforgettable nature experiences in equal measure.
Make the journey to Western Australia’s stunning northern region, The Kimberley, and be rewarded with some of the country’s most astonishing landscapes. The Homestead at El Questro is found right in the heart of The Kimberley’s easterly area, where bush, tropical oases, waterfalls, hot springs, gorges and mountains reign supreme. The hotel itself is set on a curve of the Chamberlain River, rising from the cliffs to promise far-reaching views of this ever-enchanting scenery throughout your stay. Guides will then take you out into this natural wonderland to catch sight of local wildlife (resplendent birds and creeping crocs among them), hike to secret locations and fly high over it all on a helicopter or light aircraft. With 700,000 acres to enjoy and expeditions on horseback, foot, by 4x4, boat or air, you could never tire of this extraordinary place.
During the time spent in the Homestead at El Questro between tours, you can also look forward to plenty of pampering and treats too. Staff offer cool towels and iced drinks to refresh you after a day out on excursion and retreating to your luxury room or suite brings the sight of plush beds, deep-soak tubs (some out on a private deck) and timeless views across the Chamberlain River and plains beyond. Join other guests for communal meals and pre-dinner drinks each evening, all included in your stay awestt El Questro, or request a private meal above the river for more romantic moments in this extraordinary place.
Each of the nine rooms and suites at El Questro Homestead has its own appeal, with variations in view, layout and amenities. Some are quietly tucked away in the garden, while others hover right above the Chamberlain Gorge for seriously good vistas of this majestic landscape. All options come with Bose sound systems, rain showers, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, complimentary minibars and AESOP toiletries; though note that Wi-Fi is only available in communal spaces of the hotel.
From morning to night, you can enjoy delicious dishes at the Homestead restaurant, all of which are included in your stay; so too are alcoholic drinks. Relish fine Western Australian wine alongside contemporary cuisine that makes the most of regional ingredients, all transformed into seriously delectable plates each day. Start by taking breakfast outside on the terrace and return for lunch at the communal table. Aperitifs and canapes are also served early evening, then, for your three-course dinner, choose to sit either at the communal table with your fellow guests or request a private destination dining experience with views of the gorge by candlelight.
Activities and Entertainment
With 700,000 acres of untouched nature on your doorstep, you won’t be short of stunning scenery during this trip. Many of the activities are included in your stay at El Questro, such as river cruises, birding excursions, guided walks, wildlife safaris and even a private boat for personal use. There are also beautiful hot springs to discover, insightful bush culture tours, helicopter rides to remote waterfalls and 4x4 expeditions too; you might want to try horseback riding, heli-fishing and scenic flights over the Bungle Bungle Mountains, Kimberley Coast and Lake Argyle. There is virtually no end of experiences to leave you bewitched at the beauty of this pristine part of Australia.
On top of Wi-Fi in communal areas, a superb concierge service and inviting restaurant/lounge area, El Questro Homestead has pretty gardens with a small swimming pool to help you cool off from the heat of the day. There’s also a shop at El Questro Station just in case you need to stock up on any essentials, such as sun cream.
1/12 - Aerial View of El Questro Homestead, Kununurra
2/12 - Cliff Side Retreat at El Questro Homestead, Kununurra
3/12 - Cliff Side Retreat Bathtub at El Questro Homestead, Kununurra
4/12 - Communal Dining at El Questro Homestead, Kununurra
5/12 - Drive to Explosion Gorge at El Questro Homestead, Kununurra
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7/12 - El Questro Gorge, Kununurra
8/12 - Cliff Side Dining at El Questro Homestead, Kununurra
9/12 - Gorge View Room Bathroom at El Questro Homestead, Kununurra
10/12 - Explosion Gorge at El Questro Homestead, Kununurra
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12/12 - Saddleback Ridge 4wd Driving at El Questro Homestead, Kununurra
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