The rugged, wild landscape of the Kimberley has inspired many romantic bush ballads, and it’s easy to see why.
Australia’s far north-west is an experience of its own. With jagged red rock faces, sweeping canyons, secret swimming holes and an ecosystem teeming with wildlife, getting lost in the Kimberley should be at the top of everyone’s bucket list. The remoteness of the region offers the perfect escape for those who wish to get back to nature, relax and immerse themselves in Australia’s iconic landscape. If you want to discover untouched wilderness at its most breathtaking, you need to go where there are no roads. Here’s how to experience the best of the Kimberley and its awe-inspiring, untamed terrain.
Discover the secrets of the Kimberley coastline
What better way to bask in the beauty of the Kimberley coastline than on a private luxury cruise? But True North Cruises don’t offer your typical cruise ship experience. They’ve designed their boat to be able to navigate shallow waters so that you can explore the marvels of the region’s many secret waterfalls and stunning, crystal blue swimming holes. See all of the Kimberley’s iconic attractions including King George Falls and the Horizontal Falls, alongside unique experiences that only True North’s ships can gain access to. View ancient Indigenous cave art, fish in secret billabongs and relax with cocktails overlooking a secluded beach at sunset. After a full day of stunning scenery and captivating activities, retire to your luxurious soft bed in a spacious cabin. True North combine sophistication with adventure, with a cruise which is focused on experience. The size of their ships means you receive an exceptional holiday, with a small group of like-minded travellers.
Soar over ancient rock formations and magnificent canyons
Many of True North’s cruise ships also include onboard helicopters, so you can travel to places out of civilisation’s reach. There’s nothing quite like a bird’s eye view of the magnificent landscape of the Kimberley. Day trips include flights to isolated rock faces and billabongs for picnics overlooking incredible canyons and gorges. Dip into the secluded nooks and crannies of the Kimberley and experience the thrill of realising just how expansive the area really is.
Experience the peaceful wilderness of the outback
If you want to immerse yourself in the heart of the Kimberley, a visit to El Questro Wilderness Park is a must! Set over more than 700, 000 acres, this working cattle station is a snapshot of everything the region has to offer. From freshwater swimming holes to mountain ranges, bushwalking trails to breathtaking scenery, El Questro has plenty to offer its guests. It’s also the perfect place to holiday if you want to combine the adventure of the outback with the luxury of five-star accommodation.
The El Questro Homestead is perched atop a cliff face overlooking the Chamberlain River. Bedrooms are cantilevered over the river to provide the best views and allows guests to experience the landscape from the comfort of their air-conditioned surroundings, or a peaceful soak in the tub. Coming back to The Homestead after an action-packed day of horse riding, four-wheel driving or hiking is absolute bliss. Enjoy a three-course meal paired with refreshing local wines under the stars and wake up to birdsong and panoramic views from the wrap around verandah.
This secluded getaway is also ideal for large groups and special events. The Homestead will house up to 18 guests, as a party or individual couples (and has hosted many a VIP in its time!). Enjoy exclusive tours arranged by the El Questro rangers and see the wildlife of the Kimberley flourish: brolgas, jabirus, saltwater crocodiles, bullocks and wallaroos. After a day of sightseeing, informative talks and adventure, retreat to the Zebedee Springs. Relax in the thermal pools and small waterfalls, and wash off the dust of your explorations.