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El Questro  Homestead Lodge Kimberley Australia

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El Questro Homestead is located in the east of the Kimberley and extends for approximately 80 kilometres north-south and 60 km east-west, totalling just under 1,000,000 acres in size.

The Kimberley is one of the world's last unspoilt frontiers - an ancient land extending from Broome in the South West to Kununurra and Wyndham near the Northern Territory border. It covers an area of 421,000 square kilometres, roughly 700km east-west by 600km north-south. That’s five times the size of Tasmania, 1.7 times the size of the United Kingdom and 10 times the size of Switzerland.

Its landscape offers outstanding diversity - from rugged sandstone ranges and broad tidal flats, to rainforest pockets, gorges and permanent waterfalls. The Kimberley is a unique place, where you'll feel a sense of adventure at every turn.

El Questro Homestead boasts four major river systems - from fresh water springs to the lazy salt-water estuaries in the northern part of the property. Here you’ll find an abundance of animals, fish and bird life congregating near rivers and waterholes.

The luxury of El Questro Homestead sits in stark contrast to Western Australia's rugged Kimberley landscape. Escape from it all while enjoying the comforts of a small luxury hotel just over 100 kilometres from Kununurra.

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 our 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.

Dining at the Homestead

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.

Breakfast

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 verandah 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 Alan 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 travelers.

The beginning of your day is as inspired as your imagination.

Lunch

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 new comers 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.

Dinner

The evening begins at the convivial bar as guests are drawn in to sample hors deouvres 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 our 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 verandah watching the night sky mirrored in the river beneath your suite.

Culinary artistry always in harmony with breathtaking landscapes.




 

Accommodation

At El Questro Homestead, you'll be immersed in luxury, juxtaposed by a backdrop of rugged Kimberley landscape. The Homestead is an exclusive retreat perched atop the magnificent Chamberlain Gorge.

Catering to a maximum of eighteen discerning guests, your privacy is assured and friendly staff provide the highest standards of service and cuisine. Guests are encouraged to choose from a selection of dining locations, from a private cliff top to the Homestead's spacious verandas. Wherever you decide to dine, it will almost always be situated under a canopy of stars.
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 a swimming pool and tennis court for the exclusive use of Homestead guests.

Each room is air-conditioned with an en-suite and private balcony. The Chamberlain Suite extends out over the edge of the cliff offering absolutely breathtaking views from the bedroom, the veranda and even the shower.

The tariff includes accommodation, gourmet cuisine, all beverages, a personalised itinerary and guided tours within the El Questro Valley.

Please note: El Questro Homestead is open from 1 April - 31st October each year. Children 12 years and under are not catered for at El Questro Homestead.

Chamberlain Suite

Perched atop the Chamberlain Gorge, the Chamberlain Suite offers sublime panoramic views and features 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 an outdoor private double deluxe bath overlooking the Chamberlain Gorge.

Bedding includes one King Zipper bed. Maximum 2 people.

 

Cliff Side Retreats

The three new Cliff Side Retreats 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 face 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. The walkthrough wardrobe leads to a modern en-suite where the stunning El Questro landscape can be viewed at every turn. From the shower, access either the free standing bath on the verandah or the garden rain shower surrounded by magnificent stone walls that ensure complete privacy.

Generous ceiling fans and whisper quiet air conditioning are available. Bedding consists of one King bed which can also convert to large twin beds. Maximum 2 people.

 

Chamberlain Gorge Rooms

Chamberlain Gorge Rooms are 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 en-suite bathroom with a private outdoor stone bathtub cantilevered over the Gorge

The rooms are air-conditioned.

Bedding includes one King Zipper bed. Maximum 2 people.
 

Homestead Rooms

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 en suite bathroom.

Bedding includes one King Zipper bed. Maximum 2 people.

 

El Questro Homestead Tours & Activities

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 to fully immerse yourself in the natural attractions of the Wilderness Park. The majority are exclusive to Homestead guests, facilitating engagement between the small group and their guide. El Questro’s enthusiastic rangers are adept at personalising your experience to your individual tastes.

Allow us to tailor you a customised itinerary to ensure you sample the best of El Questro and the Kimberley while still leaving time to take in the serenity of the Homestead. Guests are encouraged to pre-book their full itinerary or individual excursions prior to arrival. Click on the activities below for more details

Tours complimentary to Homestead guests are indicated by an * Charges apply for certain specialty tours and tours that are outside the immediate area or involve helicopters or aeroplanes.

Boating through El Questro’s Gorges

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Bush Culture, History and Nature Tour

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Escape to a Romantic Waterfall

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EL Questro From Above

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For the Adventurous

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Catch an Elusive Barramundi

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Experience the Wonders of El Questro's Neighbours

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GPS: -15.975935,127.931585 Important please do not use for navigation

This accommodation is available as part of on of our Custom Itineraries or holidays, please visit our home page to learn more about how we can help you with your holiday.

 

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