The Kimberley is Calling: El Questro & Emma Gorge
Where: El Questro Station and Emma Gorge Resort, Gibb River Road, Western Australia
How to get here: Drive to the Kimberley in your own vehicle or there are direct flights into Kununurra from Darwin, Perth and Broome. El Questro Station is just over an hours' drive from Kununurra and Emma Gorge Resort is 45-60 minutes drive from Kununurra.
Highlights: There is so much to discover at El Questro Wilderness Park, from incredible hikes into gorges and secluded waterholes, horse riding trips, river cruises, helicopter adventures, thermal hot springs and sunset lookouts. The properties are situated at the foot of the Cockburn Range which has to be the highlight though. Watching the cliffs change colour from first thing in the morning through to last thing of an afternoon when they turn into a rich gold.
Where to stay: I chose to stay at Emma Gorge Resort in the safari-style tented cabins, then explored the attractions at both Emma Gorge and El Questro Station from there. The tented cabins are equipped with a private ensuite, tea & coffee facilities and power points for charging. There's a resort pool and restaurant onsite, where I dined for breakfast and dinner. The bar is a nice place to enjoy a wine of an afternoon.
What to do: There's plenty to do across both El Questro properties. At Emma Gorge, there is the famous short walk into 'Emma Gorge' where you're treated with a magnificent plunge pool at the end. Then at El Questro, I went for a horse ride across the station, then discovered what all the hype was about at Zebedee Springs, followed by some incredible helicopter adventures with HeliSpirit. We flew to a remote waterhole (Miri Miri Falls) and landed for a picnic and swim, then late afternoon we flew up to a picturesque lookout to watch the sunset over the Pentecost River and spectacular Cockburn Range. These were experiences not to be missed!
Have a look through some photos from my time at El Questro Wilderness Park below...