The endless space and scale of the area will leave you breathless and the luxury of El Questro’s Homestead is the ideal place in which to let the massive beauty of the untamed Kimberley work its magic. Cantilevered over the magnificent Chamberlain River, the homestead provides absolute comfort and all the facilities you would expect of a luxury lodge.
The Homestead itself has a contemporary feel, mixing modern pieces with rustic Australian furnishings, with romantic dining areas on rock platforms above the river, tropical gardens and - for good measure - a tennis court. El Questro is possibly the only place in the Australia to spot crocs from the shower. They come drifting down the river as slowly and inexorably as the tide, stealthily taking up their positions before the nightly feeding session.
El Questro guides will tailor your stay to suit your interests. Take a cruise down the Chamberlain Gorge to view fine examples of Aboriginal Wandjina art and spot saltwater crocodiles. On horseback keep an eye out for wildlife including bustards, Frill-necked Lizards, Brolgas and Jabirus. Scenic helicopter flights over canyons and gorges, past waterfalls, caves and galloping brumbies culminate in a delicious picnic lunch. Swimming in the natural springs is a true privilege. From the resurrected Emma Gorge, a short path threads its way beneath luminous walls of ochre-coloured stone to where a waterfall tumbles past the rapunzel-like tangles of fig roots into an amphitheatre of rock, feeding a turquoise pool. Another gorgeous spot for swimming is El Questro Gorge, where the water flows beneath clouds of butterflies and gorge walls cloaked in ferns and mosses.
The Kimberley region itself is one of the world's last frontiers, recently made famous by the film 'Australia'. Like the Pilbara to the south, it is one of the most evocative place names the continent has to offer, a distillation of the rawness, the vast scale, the splendour and the sheer wild beauty of this far flung corner of Australia. Its ancient rock formations and meteorite craters, whirlpools, surreal tides, bottle shaped boab trees and the beehive domes of the Bungle Bungles, make the Kimberley feel as if it exists in a dimension of its own.