A&K in the Know: East Kimberley Region

A&K in the Know: East Kimberley Region
October 2016
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Now is the time to start thinking about your next Easter escape! Explore some of Australia’s best kept secrets, including the fascinating sandstone formations of the Bungle Bungles and the Argyle pink diamond mine- a must to tick of the bucket list. Relax in the remote beauty of The Berkeley River Lodge and the luxuriously exclusive Homestead at El Questro with 700,000 acres of dramatic terrain on the doorstep.

When is the best time to travel?
Best time to travel to the Kimberley is during the dry season in April-October. The weather is pliantly warm and there is little chance of rain.

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Activities
Enjoy a scenic flight over the Kununurra region to Purnululu National Park, then board your helicopter for an exhilarating low-level flight over the Bungle Bungles and its many rugged gorges. 

Embark on a cruise on the Chamberlain Gorge spotting wallabies and crocodiles, then make your way to Zebedee Springs, a thermal spring surrounded by Livistona palms, sheer cliffs and waterfalls.

Opportunities to hike into gorges, swim in secluded waterholes, cast a fishing line, and photograph the native flora and fauna.

For those fishing enthusiasts, make sure you take up the opportunity to go on a fishing trip if staying at The Berkeley River Lodge.  The lodge and its surrounds boast some of the best fishing spots on the Kimberley. Guest will have the chance to fish in the remotest recreation fishing spots.


Things to see
Breathtaking birds eye view of the dramatic Kimberley coastline with views of craggy rocks, steep escarpments, snaking rivers and stately boab trees. 

Explore the Kimberley wildlife-rich bushland, secluded beaches and river systems around you

Take in the famous Kimberley sunset over cocktails, and do some stargazing after dinner 

The region is home to many beautiful animals including the increasingly rare Gouldian finches, as well as numerous other bird species, marsupials including nocturnal, reptiles, amphibians and fish. 


A&K’s Recommended Accommodation 

Berkeley River Lodge
Surrounded by one of the last true wilderness areas on earth, the Berkeley River Lodge is Australia’s most remote luxury lodge. Fully equipped designer eco villas are decorated in neutral tones with splashes of colour, timber floors, open air bathrooms, private decks with sunbeds and glorious views. Dining is casual yet delicious with flavoursome menus making use of the finest quality ingredients. The restaurant ‘Dunes’ combines flavours as rich as the scenery with unprecedented views across the expanse of the Timor Sea and the impressive backdrop of the Berkeley River mouth, Reveley Island, and the spectacular Kimberley coastline.

The Homestead at El Questro
El Questro Homestead is an outstanding blend of remote regional hospitality and the exploration of the superb outback wilderness landscape of the Kimberley. El Questro Wilderness Park is one million acres in size and really is one of the last true frontiers with rugged sandstone ranges, gorges, waterfalls and an abundant of wildlife. At the heart of the property lies El Questro Homestead, a boutique oasis, perched atop a cliff with birdseye views of The Chamberlain River - a relaxed retreat catering for a maximum of 18 guests.


If you want an idea of how an itinerary based around the East Kimberley Region could look, please visit: The Berkeley & Beyond

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