El Questro Homestead
Style Rugged riverside luxe
Setting One million acres of wilderness
Dramatically cantilevered over the Chamberlain River, and amid a vast and ancient landscape of salt plains, ragged gorges, thermal springs and the majestic orange cliffs of the Cockburn Range, El Questro Homestead occupies a polished pocket of luxury in one of the country’s most wild and beautiful regions. And what other hotel can claim a million acres for its gardens?
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- Rooms Six, including one suite.
Double rooms from $1725.63 (AU$1,772), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (AU$1,772) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates include all meals and drinks, and tours of the region.
- Facilities Lounge. In rooms: Bose sound system with CD player and iPod dock, minibar, air-conditioning.
- Poolside Set into a smooth grassy lawn on the cliff top, the kidney-shaped pool overlooks the Chamberlain River below and is lined with loungers and crisp white parasols.
- Check-out 10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.
- Children Over-12s are welcome but extra beds cannot be provided.
- Also Two-night minimum stay.
- Hotel closed El Questro is closed from 1 November–31 March each year.
Food and drink at El Questro Homestead
- Hotel restaurant Eating at El Questro is done under the stars, at either of the large communal table by the pool and on the verandah, or on one of the three private tables by the gorge edge. If you book the Chamberlain Gorge Suite you can choose to have dinner served in your room. The hotel chef makes use of local Kimberley produce to create a Modern Australian menu – don’t leave without trying the barramundi with green mango and boab root salsa.
- Dress code Snakeskin, crocodile skin – name your reptile, then wear it.
- Top table At least once during your stay at the Homestead, you’ll have the chance to dine at one of the indescribably romantic tables on the edge of the gorge, overlooking the river and with a soundtrack of owls and frogs. Definitely the spot for a proposal.
- Last orders Breakfast is served after 7am, depending on the activities you have scheduled for the day; lunch is around 1pm, and dinner follows sundowners and canapés at about 7pm.
- Room service Not available.
- Hotel bar Known with typical Aussie rationalism as ‘the big room’, the Homestead’s wide open-beamed main living area is fitted with an exceedingly well stocked self-service bar, (although hotel staff know their way around a cocktail shaker and will happily mix you up anything you like).
El Questro Homestead Gibb River Road, East Kimberly, The Kimberley, Western Australia 6743
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Our favourite rooms
The three new Cliff Side Retreats will wow with their river views, outdoor shower and seductive freestanding bath tub on the deck. Honeymooners should head straight to the Chamberlain Gorge Suite, which hangs dramatically over the edge of the gorge and boasts unforgettable landscape views. The wide verandah includes a dining table and a fabulous bath-tub for two. The two Chamberlain Gorge Rooms (2 and 3) are smaller but also have outdoor baths and breath-taking views of the gorge (and Charlie the crocodile, who likes to hang out on the logs below). Of the Homestead rooms, number 4 (Bougainvillea) has the biggest patio.
The Kimberley is no place for crisp shirts or chichi dresses – the red dust will wreck anything white. Sensible safari gear all the way, with shoes fit for boulder-clambering. Remember your iPod though – there are docks in the bedrooms.
There are a million acres of camera-friendly scenery to explore around El Questro, and the only way you’ll come close to seeing a fraction is by renting a 4x4 and heading off on a wilderness adventure – just remember to stock up on water.