(March, 2012) One of Australia’s most spectacular destinations, El Questro Wilderness Park, will open its gates again on 1 April, 2012 to welcome visitors to the magnificent Kimberley region in far north Western Australia.
And this year there will be more reasons to visit this amazing location as El Questro celebrates the 20th anniversary of the opening of the first accommodation at the Park with special offers and stylish new suites.
Three accommodation options exist for visitors – El Questro Homestead, Emma Gorge at El Questro and The Station at El Questro.
The Homestead is a stylish retreat set high, overlooking the Chamberlain River. In 2012, three new Cliff Side Retreats will open bringing the total number of suites to just nine at this exclusive property. The Retreats will offer uninterrupted views of the rugged scenery courtesy of the floor to ceiling, sliding glass walls. From the shower, guests can access either the free standing bath on the verandah or the garden rain shower surrounded by magnificent stone walls that ensure complete privacy.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary, guests staying four nights or longer will save 20% off their accommodation. This is available throughout the entire season.
Emma Gorge at El Questro offers safari-style tented cabins complete with en suites located right in the heart of the rugged red Cockburn Ranges at the foot of the spectacular gorge. Set amongst gardens featuring beautiful pandanus and palm trees and looking up to the towering sandstone escarpments on either side of the Gorge, this accommodation is perfect for couples and families looking to get close to nature.
The Station at El Questro is the central hub of the Wilderness Park, offering two types of accommodation. Air-conditioned Bungalows overlook the Pentecost River and are ideal for couples or a family holiday.
Alternatively guests can camp at the Black Cockatoo campground or at one of the 25 beautifully located private campsites. These sit among sprawling green lawns and right near the local swimming hole.
In 2012 guests can stay for three nights and pay for two at either Emma Gorge or The Station at El Questro.
El Questro Wilderness Park is a vast landscape of just under one million acres in the Kimberley comprising red rock ranges, river gorges, waterfalls and thermal springs housing a fantastic display of flora and fauna. Each year after the wet season finishes, visitors are treated to an amazing display of Australian nature as the native flowers burst into life and the breeding season begins for many of the local bird colonies including the elegant black-necked stork or Jabiru.
Located 110km from Kununurra, El Questro is a remote and rugged destination that promises the seclusion to explore this iconic part of Australia and the amazing wildlife that exists within its boundaries.
Numerous tours are available throughout the season which runs until 31 October each year. These allow guests to experience the area by 4WD, helicopter, horse and on foot – all led by expert guides. Full day fishing tours for the elusive local barramundi are also available.
For reservations please contact www.elquestro.com.au or call 1300 233 432.
About El Questro:
Torrance MacMiking and Morris Marshall took up the lease on this very special parcel of land, previously called Spurling’s Pocket, in 1958. They lodged a pastoral claim and named the property El Questro. They ran cattle and also grew vegetables which they sold to Kununurra. Marshall’s son, Michael, was buried here and his grave can still be seen by a large Boab tree near the station’s driveway.
Several owners later, British aristocrat, Will Burrell and his wife Celia bought the lease in 1991, opening Emma Gorge, the first of the three accommodation offerings on the property in May 1992. The exclusive El Questro Homestead was opened in September and the Station Campground and Bungalows followed soon after.
The lease on El Questro Wilderness Park and the accommodation is now owned by Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts. The company also owns and manages Kings Canyon Resort in the Northern Territory and Heron, Wilson and Lizard islands on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.