I was very fortunate to take part in the Kimberley Bucket List Mega Famil hosted by Australia’s North West Tourism
We arrived in a very warm Broome (32C) and found our groups, then were whisked away to our first night’s accommodation at the peaceful Bali Hai Resort – which really has the feel of a tropical Balinese resort. After a quick change we were off to stunning Cable Beach for a sunset camel ride with Broome Camel Safaris. After meeting our camels and having a lesson in how to get on and hold on while they stood up we were off! The ride lasted for around 30 minutes and on the way back the sun was setting over the Indian Ocean giving great photo opportunities. It was a great experience and one that was on my bucket list!
After a day exploring Broome we flew up to Kununurra and travelled on to El Questro Wilderness Park. El Questro Wilderness Park is one of the world’s most unique holiday destinations, providing a truly Australian holiday experience in the Kimberley. A million acres in size, El Questro extends for approximately 80 kilometres into the heart of the Kimberley, most of which has never been explored. It really is one of the last true frontiers.
Next morning we were up early in preparation for our hike to Emma Gorge.. On reaching the beautiful Emma Gorge we all had a swim in the clear waters. The ground was very rocky – so as well as wearing swimmers, make sure you take reef shoes or thongs for when you go in the water.
From Emma Gorge Resort we were driven to Home Valley Station (about 1 hr 30 mins away)– crossing the Pentecost River in the process. This large station of even larger proportions than El Questro has a rustic working station feel and has a training program for local indigenous men and women.
For dinner we enjoyed a game meat tasting plate in the open air restaurant – with crocodile, emu, kangaroo and wallaby!
Next morning we were treated to a display of whip cracking and horsemanship by the resident horse trainers Kate and Ted. They showed incredible skill including standing on a horseback and cracking the whip all around it!
After our outback experience we headed back to Cable Beach Club Resort and a workshop with over 30 suppliers from the region who introduced us to an array of options for travellers to this area.