El Questro Wilderness Park
The Kimberley region of North Western Australia is one of the world’s last unspoilt frontiers. It’s the spectacular scenery and natural environment that draws people to this area, and with almost one million acres to explore, El Questro is a most unique holiday and wilderness destination.
We flew into Kununurra from Broome and travelled the 100km or so to the El Questro Station township by four-wheel drive. Nestled on the banks of the Pentecost River, the sprawling evergreen station lawns provide stark contrast to the surrounding landscape.
It’s hard to fathom that the oldest rocks at El Questro were formed between 1,800 and 1,900 million years ago, at a time of considerable geological activity when a piece of ancient continental crust collided with the rest of northern Australia.
Four-wheel driving and hiking through El Questro offers the opportunity to experience some truly magnificent country. Incredible views, stunning palm-fringed waterholes, dramatic cliff faces and some serious barramundi fishing, there’s something for everyone.
One of my favourite parts was the short trail walk through dense Livistonia Palms to a series of rocky thermal pools called Zebedee Springs. The viewing platform at Saddleback Ridge was also a spectacular highlight.
There’s a full range of accommodation here, from camping and caravanning to bungalows and safari tents, but if you REALLY want to do it in style, spend a few days at the ultra high-end Homestead.
Pictures just don’t do this place justice, you’ve got to come here and have a look for yourself.
Tips and Tricks
Getting to El Questro
- Daily flights from Perth to Kununurra via Broome then short vehicle transfer onto El Questro. Small aircraft flights from Kununurra to El Questro available with Slingair.
Where I Stayed
My Expert Local Guides
Events to Keep an Eye Out For
My Insider Tips
- Join Buddy’s Point Sunset Tour, named after the late Buddy Tyson a former rodeo champion, drover and El Questro local, for the most amazing Kimberley sunset views over El Questro Station, Chamberlain Gorge, Pentecost River and out to the Gibb River Road.
- Enjoy a wholesome country meal and join in the station atmosphere with locals and visitors at the Steakhouse Restaurant.
- Every Saturday night make sure you sit outside under the stars at the Swinging Arm Bar, a traditional Aussie BBQ feast including fresh Barramundi and steak is cooked in front of your eyes over an open grill fire.