Amaroo Falls are discovered on the million acre El Questro Wilderness Park in Western Australia's Kimberley region.
It’s not every day you stumble across previously undiscovered waterfalls.
But this is exactly what happened to Michael Bass, the El Questro Wilderness Park Manager who was carrying out a routine aerial burn programme.
“Finding Amaroo Falls was a surprise right out of the blue,” said Michael, more commonly known as Micko, who has worked at the outback wilderness park of El Questro in the Kimberley region of Western Australia for eight seasons.
“I was speechless when we landed to have a look. That such a beautiful place was not known about by now was hard to believe. We did a couple of loops in the helicopter and I was amazed at the make-up of the falls, a series of falls connected by crystal clear swimming holes that just screamed ‘explore me!’”
“Two weeks later I was back, swimming in the pools.”
Located in the south eastern corner of El Questro, 25km south east of the main activities hub of El Questro, The Station Township and 25km south of Emma Gorge Resort, Amaroo Falls are the latest jewels in El Questro’s crown, found purely by chance. And because of their beauty they have been named Amaroo Falls, ‘amaroo’ meaning ‘beautiful place’ in Aboriginal.
Only accessible by helicopter, Amaroo Falls comprise a stunning collection of around 15 waterfalls and cascades of varying heights from 2 metres to 45 metres. In addition there are pristine swimming holes and some of the most breathtaking views El Questro has to offer, sweeping across the south eastern El Questro plateau in the Kimberley.
Vegetation at the falls includes Kimberley heather, grevilleas, acacias and spinifex. Being one of the semi-tropical pockets of El Questro there are also maidenhair ferns with tropical box trees and rock figs growing out of the walls.
To enable holidaymakers to El Questro to visit the waterfalls, the El Questro rangers have developed the Amaroo Falls Tour. Taking a maximum of just two passengers, the tour is priced at $650 per person and includes the scenic flight to Amaroo Falls, guided commentary and interpretation from an El Questro Ranger and a gourmet picnic lunch. Once at the falls guests can hike, swim, learn about the flora and fauna, or just relax in their own magical corner of El Questro. This luxury outback tour takes approximately two-and-a-half hours.
Covering a massive million acres, El Questro is located in Western Australia’s East Kimberley, 110km from Kununurra.It is a land of red-rock mountains, resplendent river gorges, boabs and hidden patches of rainforest. And spread out across a million acres, there are waterfalls, gorges, ravines and cascades that have remained undiscovered for years.
El Questro was first owned by Torrance McMicking who, in 1958, lodged a pastoral claim and named the property. Several owners later, Will and Celia Burrell purchased the lease in 1991, opening Emma Gorge after the wet season and launching it as a wilderness resort in May 1992. El Questro Homestead, with its spectacular location overlooking the Chamberlain River, was opened in September 1992 followed by the Station Campground and Bungalows a year later in May 1993.
Today, around 3,500 head of cattle still roam the northern flats of the property while holidaymakers can enjoy a range of accommodation and experiences suited to any style or budget: from the Station Campground and Bungalows, to tented cabins at Emma Gorge and the outback luxury of the Homestead overlooking the Chamberlain River.
Additional outback adventure holiday activities at El Questro include cruises along the Chamberlain River, barramundi fishing, scenic helicopter flights, enjoying a dip in Zebedee thermal springs, bird watching, 4WD tracks, gorge hikes and bush walks, history and bush tucker tours, horse riding and much more.
El Questro Wilderness Park opens from 1 April to 31 October every year, allowing for the dramatic thunderstorms to pass over the Kimberley and replenish its numerous gorges and waterfalls during the annual wet season.
For more information go to: www.elquestro.com.au. For reservations, telephone 08 9169 1777
About Delaware North:
El Questro Wilderness Park is owned and operated by Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts, owners of iconic Australian resorts including Wilson Island, Lizard Island, Heron Island and Kings Canyon Resort.
Globally, Delaware North’s tourism portfolio includes iconic properties in North America, such as Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex; Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone; and Gideon Putnam Resort.