El Questro Homestead, The Kimberley, Australia
In the middle of almost 1 million acres of wilderness park and 100 kilometres from the nearest town, The Homestead is an exclusive oasis in the rugged Kimberley terrain. Perched on a cliff top with vistas of one of the prettiest locations on the Chamberlain River, The Homestead is a relaxed retreat catering for a maximum of 18 guests. Outside, a rich green lawn sweeps down to a pool overlooking the gorge and freshwater crocodiles swim below.
But this experience is more than simply unwinding by the pool; El Questro’s Outback Experience awaits you.
Perhaps the best way to get an appreciation of the vastness and diversity of El Questro is from the air. In this great expanse of land, the most stunning of attractions are inaccessible by road. Take a helicopter to explore cliffs and caves, waterfalls and swimming holes, including the recently discovered Amaroo Falls. A heli-fishing trip is the best way to pursue your dream of catching a wild Barramundi. El Questro’s Big Day Out is an absolute must, an unforgettable journey circumnavigating the entire Cockburn Range rising 600 metres above the spinifex.
After exploring hidden locations few have had the privilege to visit in this dramatic land of extremes, you have the opportunity to unwind and relax in a variety of unique ways. Soak away your cares in the thermal Zebedee Springs. Curl up under an ancient boab tree with a book, or simply join the local wallaby population and lounge in the shade. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the Homestead has a swimming pool and tennis court for the exclusive use of Homestead guests.
Guests are invited to enjoy gourmet cuisine at a dining location of their choice, from a private cliff top to the Homestead’s spacious verandas. Alternatively, we can pack you a gourmet picnic hamper to enjoy in an intimate setting of your choice.
Please note: El Questro Homestead is open from 1 April – 31 October each year. Children 12 years and under are not catered for at El Questro Homestead.
Location and Transfers
El Questro is located in the east of the magnificent Kimberley region in Western Australia, 110 km west of Kununurra by road – 58 kilometres on the sealed Great Northern Highway towards Wyndham, with the remainder on the unsealed and corrugated graded Gibb River Road. The more adventurous may wish to hire a 4WD vehicle so you have the opportunity to explore the property at your leisure.
Regular flights are also available from all major Australian capital cities to Kununurra via Perth or Darwin with Qantas, Airnorth or Skywest.
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 are available between Kununurra and the Homestead
The Homestead is an exclusive retreat perched atop the magnificent Chamberlain Gorge. At El Questro Homestead, you’ll be immersed in luxury, juxtaposed by a backdrop of rugged Kimberley landscape.
Catering to a maximum of eighteen discerning guests, your privacy is assured and friendly staff provide the highest standards of service and cuisine.
Homestead Rooms – feature modern bathrooms and furnishings. Each room has a private veranda overlooking the resort gardens with lounge furniture to relax and unwind at the end of the day. Rooms are air-conditioned and feature a private ensuite bathroom. Bedding consists of one king size bed (two king single beds by arrangement)
Chamberlain Gorge Rooms – perched above the Chamberlain Gorge and feature a private deck with lounge furniture overlooking the gorge allowing guests to relax in total privacy. All rooms are stylishly appointed and feature a modern ensuite bathroom with a private al fresco stone bathtub cantilevered over the Gorge
Cliff Side Retreats – these freestanding rooms are situated at the edge of a sheer escarpment, overlooking the spectacular wilderness. Uninterrupted views of the Chamberlain River can be enjoyed from both your daybed and the luxurious feather topped bed that faces floor to ceiling, sliding glass walls. The thoughtfully finished Retreats offer spacious, light filled interiors with quality furnishings that fit naturally within the Kimberley environment. Secluded by high stone garden walls, privacy is assured as you enjoy the free standing bath on the veranda or the garden rain shower
The Chamberlain Suite – the most luxurious suite at the resort, it is perched atop the Chamberlain Gorge, and offers sublime panoramic views, and a wrap-around veranda with floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the magnificent sunset and sunrise over the gorge. The veranda boasts a relaxing lounge and dining area. The Suite is stylishly decorated with rustic authentic Australian furnishings, is air-conditioned and offers a large wardrobe area, a modern bathroom with double shower and private double deluxe bath overlooking the Chamberlain Gorge
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 kilometers 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 hand crafted fare and bountiful luxe flourishes, married together in simple preparations that allow the flavours to shine.
The Homestead comes alive early each morning as staff and guests alike take pleasure in this most exceptional hour of the day. The intense Kimberley sun bathes the nearby ranges in a soft pink glow, appearing to light them up from within. A myriad of birds take delight in the cool morning dew, either to put a gleam on their feathers or find their own breakfast feast.
Guests enjoy their breakfast in true country style on the wide, sweeping veranda with views of the range as it casts perfect reflections in river below. Arrive early before going on a guided walk or nature tour; come later after your bird watching or horse riding adventure. Or perhaps breakfast on the lookout at sunrise is your morning activity. Whatever the time, you can expect beautifully prepared fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Local Ord Valley treasures include giant red paw paw, ripe fragrant melons and hand squeezed pink grapefruit juice. Breads are hand made by the chef and feature a different sour dough variety each day. An old fashioned butcher crafts double smoked spec bacon, herb sausages and even black pudding to exacting standards. From farther a field, Scottish Kippers and Canadian maple syrup represent Chef’s dual roots, providing familiar comfort to visiting travellers.
The beginning of your day is as inspired as your imagination.
Lunch at the Homestead is as much a social event as the time for sating appetites after an active morning. A welcoming long table transforms guests into knowledgeable tour guides as they compare details of their morning excursions and offer advice to newcomers freshly arrived from the morning flight. The outdoor setting is kept cool under a shady awning and offers opportunity to spot wallabies and goannas claiming their patch of lush Homestead lawn.
Savour two cool courses accompanied by artisan bread and olive oil and a perfect glass of Western Australian white wine. Perennial favourites include Mangrove Jack or free range chicken on a Nicoise salad that showcases the fine local produce. Or 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.
Revitalise with cuisine that embraces the spirit of endless summer.
Stars of the Margaret River region feature prominently on the wine menu, beside up and coming Western Australian ingénues and iconic labels from Australia’s Eastern states.
This ever changing culinary adventure is outdone only by the dramatic, ever changing views from the outdoor dining tables. 1,000,000 acres is your restaurant.
The evening begins at the convivial bar as guests are drawn in to sample hors d’oeuvres and regale each other with tales of the day’s adventures. Over a glass of Champagne or a signature cocktail, the trophy Barramundi is suddenly 1 ½ metres and the birds spotted number more than 40!
The Homestead has long been renowned for providing a choice of dramatic dining locations. While the dinner party beneath the stars comes alive, tables set on the cliff side may beckon romantic couples to share a moment. That is if they aren’t distracted by the crocodiles floating in the gorge below.
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 fresh water scampi. Desserts reveal the chef’s talent for precise techniques that deliver vibrant flavours.
A surprising array of carefully chosen cheese may be served by the open fireplace for all to share. Or perhaps the evening will conclude on your private veranda watching the night sky mirrored in the river beneath your suite.
Culinary artistry always in harmony with breathtaking landscapes
Facilities and Activities
All inclusive self serve bar (excludes Cellar Master wine selections)
Shared computer with complimentary internet access
Wireless broadband available in guest public areas
There is no mobile phone coverage on El Questro
Land line and fax service available
A range of exciting complimentary experiences including:-
Private Chamberlain Cruise
Bush Culture, History & Nature Tour
Bird Watching Tour
Zebedee Thermal Springs
Guided Gorge Walks
Horse Riding (16 years and older)
Further experiences with an additional charge:-
Explosion Gorge & Branco’s Lookout
El Questro’s Big Day Out
Miri Miri Waterfall
Helicopter Scenic Flights
Sunrise Breakfast on Branco’s Lookout
Amaroo Falls by Helicopter
The Lost City Cave Tour by Helicopter
Champagne Springs Walk returning by Helicopter
4WD Fishing Tour to the Pentecost River
Bungle Bungles and Lake Argyle Scenic Flight
Bungle Bungles Full Day Tour
Argyle Diamond Mine Ground Tour with Bungle Bungles Flight
Mitchell Falls & Kimberley Coast Tour
Kimberley Panorama & Drysdale Station