In a spectacular wilderness setting on the edge of the Chamberlain Gorge, luxurious El Questro Homestead provides guests with boundless opportunities to explore the fascinating natural landscape of The Kimberleys in sheer comfort. Amidst a vast terrain of ragged gorges, dazzling rivers and watering holes, thermal springs, salt flats, and the stunning orange cliffs of the Cockburn Range, the luxury accommodation brings modern design into this wild and beautiful region of Australia.
Getting here takes a bit of effort — but it is so worth it. There are regular flights to Kununurra Airport from all major Australian capital cities. From the airport, it’s a two-hour drive to The Homestead. Or you can arrange for private transfers from the airport for AUD 600 each way for up to four guests. You can also charter a private jet to one of two El Questro airstrips. But if you’re up for an adventure, head to this luxury getaway east of Kimberley towards Wyndham via a 4WD.
Inspired by the luxury safari lodges of Africa, El Questro all but proves that you don’t have to give up convenience and comfort to enjoy roughing it out in the wilderness. With only nine suites, The Homestead caters for up to 18 guests, ensuring your privacy and the attention of the staff at all times. It’s perfect for couples and even corporate retreats if multiple suites are booked.
Savour superlative service and facilities from the five-star accommodation to gourmet meals and top-notch experiences. Forget about the bustle of every day as you take in the lanes of frangipani trees and lush landscaping on the way to your private lodging — one of only nine luxury suites on the vast property.
Choose the Cliffside Retreats, The Homestead’s newest rooms, for uninterrupted views of the river. These luxurious suites feature light-filled and polished wood interiors, large bathrooms, and a deck that overlooks the river. An outdoor bathtub is perfectly positioned for watching the sunset and completes your Cliffside experience.
Situated above the stunning Chamberlain Gorge, the sumptuous Gorge View Rooms give you amazing views of the famous Kimberley landscape. Soak in the scenery from the private veranda, indoor/outdoor bathtub, or even from the plush king bed. These rooms also features sleek and modern interiors of wood, stone, and glass.
The most luxurious accommodation option in the Homestead, the Chamberlain Suite, melds contemporary and rustic Australian furnishing beautifully. Here, you can delight in the breathtaking views from atop the Gorge via its floor-to-ceiling windows and wrap-around verandah. This suite comes with a king bed, outdoor dining area, large wardrobe, and deluxe double bath.
For superlative comfort and the familiar feel of home, the Homestead Rooms are your best option. Instead of the Gorge views, you’ll have the serene views of the manicured lawns and gardens. Enjoy the views or the occasional wildlife visitors from the private verandah or on your plush king bed. Air-conditioning, large closet, and ensuite bath complete this room.
Of course, these luxurious lodgings are only part of your holiday. You don’t travel for hours just to stay inside your room no matter how nice and tempting it is to do so. As all travellers before you have done when in the Kimberleys, the main point of being here is getting out and being active. With 700,000 acres of wilderness and an impressive array of outdoor amenities, the property is the sort of destination to inspire you to explore and be active.
When you stay at El Questro Homestead, you can enjoy a range of complimentary excursions so you can fully immerse in the natural richness of the Kimberley wilderness. The Rangers and staff are adept at designing an experience that matches your individual tastes. They can tailor an itinerary that ensures you’ll get to sample the best of the region while still leaving you with enough time to enjoy the many pleasures of The Homestead.
Boating through the Chamberlain Gorge is a must, as are gorge hikes. Join a Ranger on an early morning trek to popular bird-watching sites and try to spot as many species as you can from about the hundred that visit the area. You can also take a 4-wheel drive through the outback to Explosion Gorge, an amphitheatre-style gorge with a secret you need to discover. After, head to Branco’s Lookout to drink in the spectacular views of The Homestead and Pentecost River.
But if you prefer a more laid-back activity, there are a number of leisurely options to choose from. Wind down the day by soaking in the rejuvenating thermal waters of Zebedee Springs – a series of small waterfalls that cascade down into small soaking pools that are just the right size for two people. Or fly by helicopter to Miri Miri, a spring-fed waterfall with a majestic 50-metre drop, and which cannot be reached by foot or road. Go in the morning or afternoon and request a gourmet picnic lunch to take with you.
Inspired by the bounty of the Ord River Valley, dining at The Homestead is as impressive as its surrounds and comes included with your stay. Savour breakfast on the verandah with spectacular views of the Chamberlain Gorge to greet you. At lunchtime, head to the communal dining table and exchange tales of your morning adventures while sipping a refreshing chilled glass of Australian wine.
And after a day of exploring land, air, and water, El Questro Homestead provides an equally pleasurable and satiating end to your day. Dine under the stars on the verandah or at the large communal table by the pool. For something more romantic, reserve one of the three private tables by the gorge edge. And if you’re staying at the Chamberlain Gorge Suite you can have dinner served in your room.
Breakfast is served around 7 am, lunch is around 1 pm, and dinner follows pre-dinner canapés and drinks at about 7 pm.
Enjoy one of the most breathtaking destinations in the country from an equally splendid accommodation. El Questro Homestead strives to offer you a unique and memorable experience — from the moment you set foot on the property until you leave.