El Questro Homestead | Kununurra | Western Australia
Set amongst 700,000 acres and 100km from the nearest town, the luxury of El Questro Homestead sits in stark contrast to Western Australia’s rugged Kimberley landscape. Perched on a clifftop, with vistas of one of the prettiest locations in The Kimberley, The Homestead is a relaxed retreat catering for a maximum of 18 guests. Surrounding The Homestead, a rich green lawn sweeps down to a pool overlooking the stunning Chamberlain Gorge. This is the luxury base for guests to explore the diverse Kimberley landscape – some of it untouched – with personalized and intimate tours. Soak in the Zebedee Thermal Springs, cruise private gorges, rivers, and waterfalls, explore from the air, horse ride, or hike the terrain on foot. The Homestead is renowned for serving gourmet cuisine in dramatic locations – an intimate dinner beneath the stars, or over a waterfall.
At El Questro Homestead, guests are immersed in luxury, juxtaposed by a backdrop of rugged Kimberley landscape. The Homestead is an exclusive retreat perched atop the magnificent Chamberlain Gorge.
Guest privacy is assured and friendly staff provides the highest standards of service and cuisine. With interiors featuring modern pieces set against rustic authentic Australian furnishings, the Homestead is the ideal place to fully appreciate the untamed beauty of the Kimberley.
Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the Homestead has just 9 chic rooms and suites, catering for a maximum of 18 guests at a time.
• 9 double king bedrooms (2 king single beds by arrangement)
• AESOP bath products
• Bose Wave™ Sound System with CD Player and iPod Connectivity in room
• Surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
FOOD & WINE
At El Questro Homestead, food and wine are as much an attraction as the wild country that envelopes the property. Every meal is brimming with ingredients of superb pedigree and quality, leaving guests to forget that 3,500 km of rock and desert lies between the Kimberley and Perth.
The neighboring Ord River Valley nurtures growers who provide a vast array of tropical and organic produce, supplemented by the abundant riches of Western Australia’s coastlines and paddocks. Chef Alan Groom’s spirit of generosity is always evident, as in his handcrafted fare and bountiful luxe flourishes, married together in simple preparations that allow the flavors to shine.
Breakfast – Guests enjoy their breakfast in true country style on the wide, sweeping verandah with views of the range as it casts perfect reflections in the river below. Local Ord Valley treasures include giant red paw, ripe fragrant melons, and hand-squeezed pink grapefruit juice. Bread are hand made by Alan and feature a different sourdough variety each day. An old fashioned butcher crafts double-smoked spec bacon, herb sausages, and even black pudding to exacting standards. From farther afield, Scottish Kippers and Canadian maple syrup represent Chef’s dual roots, providing familiar comfort to visiting travelers.
Lunch – Savour two cool courses accompanied by artisan bread and olive oil and a perfect glass of Western Australian white wine. Perennial favorites include Mangrove Jack or free-range chicken on a Nicoise salad that showcases the fine local produce. chef’s sophisticated version of the Ploughman’s lunch. Refreshing sorbets and ice cream feature in desserts that few can resist. Picnics are also a much-loved indulgence. Guests take delight in the basket of surprise treats presented. One may find country pate with rosella flower chutney or Exmouth prawns and green mango dressing.
Dinner – The three-course menu changes nightly, offering a perfectly balanced selection that won’t be duplicated throughout your stay. Exceptional Western Australian lamb and beef or wild Cambridge Gulf Barramundi follow glazed quail or local freshwater scampi. Desserts reveal the chef’s talent for precise techniques that deliver vibrant flavors.
El Questro tours and activities form an integral part of every visit to the property. The Homestead offers a wide range of complimentary excursions that provide opportunities for guests to fully immerse in the natural attractions of the Kimberley wilderness. The majority are exclusive to Homestead guests, facilitating engagement between the small group and their guide.
El Questro’s enthusiastic Rangers are adept at personalizing your experience to your individual tastes. The staff will tailor a customized itinerary to ensure each guest samples the best of El Questro and the Kimberley whilst still leaving time to take in the serenity of the Homestead.
Some of the Homestead’s complementary activities:
Private Chamberlain Cruise
Boating through the Chamberlain Gorge is a must. An El Questro ranger will take you on a private cruise of this 3 km fresh waterhole in the Homestead’s private “dinghy”. Enjoy the diverse flora and fauna; resident Rock Wallabies, Johnston Crocodiles, and the always cheeky Archer Fish are familiar inhabitants of the gorge.
Zebedee Thermal Springs
Exclusive use of Zebedee Springs is offered to Homestead guests every afternoon. Let an El Questro Ranger drive you in style to the most romantic of hideaways. Take a short walk through dense, tropical vegetation to a series of thermal pools and small waterfalls. Set amongst a backdrop of sheer cliffs and Livistona palms, Zebedee Springs is a magical place to relax and rejuvenate after a busy day.
Bird Watching Tour
Join an El Questro Ranger on an early morning excursion to bird watching sites near the Homestead. The variety of ecosystems in the park attracts 100 different bird species including Pheasant Coucols, dancing Brolgas, and even the once near-extinct Gouldian Finch. Take part in the friendly competition to see who can spot the most birds from the list. Binoculars and a field guide are provided.
El Questro Homestead is situated in the East Kimberley, 110 kilometers west of Kununurra by road, 58 kilometers on the sealed Great Northern Highway towards Wyndham.
Kununurra to El Questro Homestead
Scheduled Road Transfers operate 7 days a week
Departing Kununurra (must be pre-booked): 10.30 am and 2.30 pm
Departing El Questro Homestead: 7.45 am and 11.45am
Approximate travel times: El Questro Homestead – Kununurra 2 hours
Arrive in style with one of the many air transfer options. Whether an exhilarating R44 Helicopter or the spacious Jet or Long Rangers or the scenic routes provided by a fleet of small airplanes, traveling through the Kimberley by small air craft provides unparalleled views of the wild country below.
Regular flights are available from all major Australian capital cities to Kununurra via Darwin, Broome, and Perth with Qantas, Air North, or Virgin Australia. Guests traveling from the Eastern States are encouraged to fly through Darwin as opposed to Perth. This enables arrival in time for lunch at El Questro Homestead.
Airplane charters are available directly to the El Questro airstrips from Kununurra, Darwin, Broome, Uluru and Alice Springs. Private VIP jet service is also available from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth direct to Kununurra. Helicopter charters and scenic airplane flights over the Bungle Bungles are available from Kununurra finishing at the Homestead.
- Free parking
- Free internet
- Free breakfast
- Airport transportation
- Non-smoking hotel
- Laundry service
- Outdoor pool
- Bar / lounge
- Air conditioning
- Private balcony
- Non-smoking rooms
Please contact us for availability and pricing details
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