Eagle Lodge, the camp gathering point, is an open fronted pavilion perched on the cliff top, from where dugongs, sharks and even crocodiles can be seen in the bay below. Watching the sun descend across the ocean as it sets aglow the red sandstone cliffs of the Kimberley coast is a memorable way to spend an evening. Even more spectacular is the experience of sitting at the foot of the King George Falls as they cascade hundreds of feet from the Kimberley into the salt-waters of the gorge below before heading out to sea. There are few places in the world where you will see mighty inland rivers come crashing out from the interior of a continent and into the sea as towering waterfalls – this is one of them. So vast and impressive is this landscape that it features in the acclaimed feature film, Australia
Your host’s stories from fishing and hunting days ensure a lively conversation around the table at dinner. It is his knowledge of this coastline and the surrounding bush that makes Faraway Bay a particularly special experience. Wildlife includes crocodiles, sharks, turtles and occasionally dugongs, which can be viewed from the camp. Wallabies, other bush wildlife and birds can be seen on bush walks behind the camp.
Cruise along the Kimberley coast in a 13 metre boat, Diamond Lass, and head for a picnic lunch at the foot of the King George River. Enjoy pristine beaches and picnics at Monitor Pool, a magnificent plunge pool at the foot of imposing basalt and sandstone cliffs, and a refreshingly cool and safe place for swimming. There is time for fishing, discovering Aboriginal rock art, bird-watching, beachcombing and time for doing nothing at all!
Each of the eight bush-style cabins enjoys a 180-degree view of the ocean. While the cabins themselves are basic, they have everything required to ensure you have a comfortable stay - mosquito nets, safari chairs, and a fan give each cabin a rustic but comfortable feel. Three cabins have an en-suite shower and flushing toilet. The others have a shared shower and toilet facilities located close by.
Young children are not encouraged to come and stay at Faraway Bay, however, depending on time of the year and who else is booked into camp at the time, there is flexibility in the child policy.
The camp has an open style kitchen and dining area with a paved terrace – just the spot for a sundowner. Bruce hosts breakfast and dinner with dinners often being seafood or BBQ. Drinks are included and on a ‘help yourself’ basis from the fridge.
Most activities are conducted as a group from the camp. You can enjoy day cruises up the Kimberley coast to the King George River, where after the wet season the falls cascade over a hundred foot cliff into the gorge below. Along the way stop off at one of the pristine beaches for a walk – swimming is not an option and it is better to view sharks and crocodiles from the safety of the camp.
Take a coastal trip south of the camp to Monitor Pool, a magnificent circular plunge pool at the foot of imposing basalt and sandstone cliffs, and a refreshingly cool and safe place for swimming. Alternatively, go estuary fishing along mangrove-lined creeks or reef fishing off the idyllic coral strewn Lesueur Island. If you want to try to catch some fish en route to the island, you can enjoy a beach BBQ for lunch.
Join one of the camp guides to explore the overhangs and caves for some excellent rock art, both Wandjina and Bradshaw.
When to travel
This part of Australia has a very distinct wet season between December and March, and although this can be spectacular in terms of wildlife the build up to the rains can be uncomfortably humid.
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Location and directions
The Kimberley Coast, Western Australia
Farraway Bay is a bush camp nestled on a rocky hilltop overlooking the turquoise Timor Sea, in the remote, uncharted and spellbinding Kimberley Region of Western Australia. 280km North West of Kununurra.
How to get there
Fly from London to Perth and on to Kunnanurra, where you will board a charter flight to Faraway Bay.