Need To Know
Six, including one suite.
10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $1336.74 (AU$1,790), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include all meals and drinks, and tours of the region. Rates exclude a surcharge applies for credit-card payments (1.1 per cent for Visa and MasterCard, 3 per cent for Amex, a stay).
Two-night minimum stay.
El Questro is closed from 20 October 2015–31 March 2016.
At the hotel
Lounge. In rooms: Bose sound system with CD player and iPod dock, minibar, air-conditioning.
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.
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.
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.
Over-12s are welcome but extra beds cannot be provided.