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El Questro The Station

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We made a reservation here when coming back from Wydham. This was not really needed. We shared an entree and a maincourse as the portions were reasonable size. Afterwards there appeared to be two prices for the same bottle of wine, but we were allowe dto pay the lowest price on
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We stayed at an umpowered campsite. The amenities are quite new and were in good condition. The campground itself is ok, it is close to the Pentecost River and there are some shady sites available. In combination with the permit you need for entering the land it is a little bit
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Response from Lori L, General Manager at El Questro The Station
Responded 26 Oct 2018
Dear Manuela Thank you for coming to stay and now this review!! It is indeed a lovely campsite with some terrific shade and pretty trees to make it a little oasis. I realise that we do have camp fees and the visitor permit, however the permits do go a long way to providing access to many gorge walks and trails, waterholes and swimming and 4WD tracks. It is an incredibly large area that we open to the public and the visitor permits just ensure that we can look after the land and manage the property in a sustainable and responsible manner. It is as you say worth it when you see amazing places like Zebedee Springs and Emma Gorge or even El Questro Gorge. We are glad you made the time to stop in. warmest wishes, Lori Litwack
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El Questro was really a touch of class on our 5 week long camping/ driving holiday from Darwin to Broome in August. We found that doing this popular trip was best to leave it until the end of the season and with plenty of time. This means that the roads will be rough so you have
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Response from Lori L, General Manager at El Questro The Station
Responded 26 Oct 2018
Dear Willstravels, Thank you for the review and we are so glad that you found our special park to be just what you needed on your long trip. It is very special indeed and the highlights you point out are favourites of many. The springs and The Chamberlain Gorge cruise are definitely the most popular, but there are so many other spots that compare equally for their beauty. I know that the campsite is quite dry and dusty, given the month you visited, it is a natural occurrence after a very busy year with non stop visitors. That area is actually grass and does come back again in the summer months, I agree it is a shame that it cannot be maintained when full of campers as it is one of the prettiest spots when green and provides plenty of shade too. I hope you get the chance to visit again and enjoy more of the famous waterholes and gorges. Best wishes Lori Litwack
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Some may see it as expensive but it was a fully self contained property that provided relief on the Gibb River Road. it has gorges, water and good food and a bar in a nice campground with very good facilities.
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Response from Lori L, General Manager at El Questro The Station
Responded 26 Oct 2018
Thank you Vette1 for your support and kind words. We too feel we are a great stop on the long Gibb River Road, but there is so much more than an overnight stay. We hope that you had a chance to see some of the many gorges, waterfalls and swimming holes that we are famous for. They really are breathtaking and very cooling in the warmer months. Happy travels to you Lori Litwack
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Ticking Kununurra off my 80 year old mother’s bucket list we stayed at El Questro in the Riverview rooms for two nights in early September 2018. Hot and dusty. We loved El Questro for its fishing and dramatic landscape. Red earth, blue sky, great boabs and red sunsets. Glad
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Response from Lori L, General Manager at El Questro The Station
Responded 26 Oct 2018
Dear Megan Thank you for taking the time to review El Questro Station. It is pleasing that overall you found it to be a worthwhile visit albeit at the hotter time of year when it does get very dry in our normally beautiful oasis. I understand the concerns about the maintenance workshop and the proximity to the rooms, not ideal. It was once quaint when it had a real Station feel but I agree it needs to be shifted and we plan for that in the future. Similarly, a proper swimming pool would be also on the cards for future development, but that may be down the track just a bit. It is the most breathtaking landscape and we hope that you found a number of things to keep you entertained as there is a lot on offer. We hope that you get opportunity to revisit and see more of the country. warmest wishes, Lori Litwack
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We were totally underwhelmed with our stay at El Questro Station - very expensive for old 1970s motel style accommodation. The accommodation at Emma Gorge is newer, but they tents were closely spaced. The public areas at Emma Gorge looked nicer. The tours offered by El Questro weren't cheap and having a vehicle would certainly give you flexibility to do your own thing. The road for Kunanurra to the turnoff to both Emma Gorge and El Questro is sealed - thereafter unsealed and involves water crossings - although late in the dry season the levels are likely to be low. If you get a 4 wheel drive vehicle you could continue on to Home Valley Station which is about 90 minutes further along the Gibb River Road. We thought the Home Valley Station experience was more authentic (for a similar price to El Questro Station you received much more for your $ in both accommodation and food). We felt it delivered excellent price value. If you are planning a 7-8 night stay then I would strongly encourage you to hire a 4 wheel drive and include Home Valley - it was where the film "Australia" was filmed and the locations are stunning. Home Valley is owned by the Indigenous Land Council - the staff were excellent. I would suggest you split your stay. If you have time drive to Wyndham and its Port.
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Hello Chris, Glad to see you intend to visit El Questro. We do recommend off road caravans as the 16 km gravel driveway is very hard on other vans. Saying that many still do it and just take it very slow. The river crossing has a stony bottom that also needs to be approached with caution. Depending on time of year, the water varies from 200-400 mm. Private sites are not suitable for caravans unfortunately due to low hanging trees which can damage your van. The general campground offers both powered and unpowered sites and is quite a shady campground with river frontage. There are a number of gorges and El Questro and Emma Gorge are some of the most popular as the walks are beautiful and have swimming holes at the end. The Zebedee Thermal springs are always a must. I hope this assists.
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Hi Margaret, Thank you for your enquiry. While we do not have a mini fridge or kettle directly in the cabins at Emma Gorge (due to limitations with our power supply as we are self-sufficient), our team are happy to store items for you in our refrigerator and we also have a tea & coffee station in the restaurant which you can help yourself to with our compliments. The Bungalows at El Questro Station do have a mini fridge and tea & coffee facilities in the rooms. Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 02 9538 0751. Kind regards, Jackie
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"Book well ahead it can get busy June-July"
"The glamping is just a bed in a tent with a lamp, bedside tables and fan. We had our own tent."
"Just don't stay at The Station."
"In retrospect, we should have paid the extra $22 for a powered site, just to lessen the crowding."
"River rooms nicer, quieter and more private than garden rooms. Book meals early. Take plastic cutlery and plates"
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PRICE RANGE
US$215 - US$287 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
AustraliaWestern AustraliaKimberley RegionKununurra
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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