Highlights of the East Kimberley
Posted: 8th December 2020
Posted in: News
Commonly known as the ‘gateway to the Kimberley’, Kununurra is the perfect place to start your East Kimberley adventure!
Pack your swimmers because Kununurra is surrounded by water! Swim, kayak or fish at Lake Kununurra or explore the stunning Ord River by boat (don’t forget to take a dip at sunset – it’s just magical!) If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, why not take a hike up to Kelly’s Knob Lookout for picturesque views over the town. Make your way to the Hoochery Distillery for a taste test at Western Australia’s longest continuously running still. Don’t forget to drive across the Ivanhoe Crossing – a concrete causeway built over the Ord River. Just keep an eye out for saltwater crocs that can inhabit the area!
One of the most iconic destinations in Australia, El Questro is a 700,000-acre property that is much more than just a cattle station. Since its humble beginnings, El Questro has diversified its pastoral operation to include tourism making it a bucket list item for many travellers.
There is so much to see and do at El Questro, you’ll never want to leave! Spend your time exploring the many ancient gorges and swimming holes around the property over even visit a waterfall only accessible by helicopter. Relax in natural thermal springs or try your luck fishing in three river systems.
Accommodation ranges from private camping to the ultimate in luxury, an all-inclusive stay at the Homestead. Whatever your preference, you will have a wonderful time at El Questro!
Lake Argyle is Australia’s second-largest man-made lake and is situated about 70km south of Kununurra. Swim, stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or simply sit back and enjoy a sunset cruise, it is the perfect way to cool down in the Kimberley.
A must-do during your time at Lake Argyle is a stay at Lake Argyle Resort. From camping sites to villas with a lake view, the resort suits every type of budget. The best part? Their huge infinity pool that overlooks the lake – there is no better place to witness a sunset! If you don’t want to stay the night, the resort offers day passes to enjoy the pool as well
Purnululu National Park
We think we have saved the best until last! The striking Purnululu National Park is truly a natural wonder and a Kimberley icon.
The park has been around for 350 million years and revered by its Aboriginal custodians for at over 40,000 years. It was a secret to the outside world until 1983 when a documentary team saw the incredible rock formations as they flew over the area. Since then, travellers have flocked to Purnululu to witness the remarkable black and orange striped sandstone formations and explore the many gorges, waterholes and caves. Our top tip – experience Purnululu at night with a stay at the Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge!
If the East Kimberley is on our 2021 bucket list, get in touch with our team at Kimberley Experiences! With their local expertise, they can tailor your itinerary to suit your budget and preferences!