Just under an hour’s drive from Kununurra, El Questro Wilderness Park is a welcome oasis when travelling through the Kimberley region, a sanctuary away from the dusty dirt tracks of Western Australia’s Outback. The jewel in the crown of El Questro’s one million-acre wilderness is Emma Gorge, hailed as one of the Kimberley’s most spectacular and accessible gorges.
A 3.2-kilometre trail takes about an hour, traversing the rocky terrain, across creeks, and through majestic red and orange gorge cliff faces towering up to 120 metres. The final reward is a refreshing dip at Emma Gorge waterhole, warming up in the thermal spring, or just sitting in the tranquillity of the 65-metre droplet waterfall embraced by a rugged cliff face.
El Questro Wilderness Park is a fascinating area of the Kimberley region located a 50-minute drive from Kununurra along the famous Gibb River Road. Sprawling across almost a million acres, El Questro has one of the most remarkable landscapes in Western Australia featuring deep gorges, salt flats, rainforests, waterfalls, and thermal springs.
Emma Gorge is one of the park’s most spectacular and accessible gorges and one of the most well-known in the Kimberley for its sheer beauty. Heading off from the El Questro Emma Gorge Resort, you can join local guides or take a self-guided hike on the Emma Gorge Walk Trail, deep into the rugged Cockburn Ranges.
Arriving at the Emma Gorge Waterfall, it’s hard to resist the urge to cool off with a refreshing swim at the sprawling swimming hole surrounded by fern-covered rock walls or sit and watch the graceful droplet waterfall as it tumbles over the sheer 65-metre cliffs. The water at Emma Gorge is typically quite cold and most visitors like to warm up afterwards in the small thermal spring right next to the waterhole.
Emma Gorge waterfall and swimming hole at El Questro Wilderness Park is the perfect place to relax and unwind on your Kimberley holiday. Come join us for an amazing West Australian, Top End adventure!
To reach Emma Gorge, you typically need to enter El Questro Wilderness Park. The park is accessible by road, and most visitors either drive or take a guided tour from Kununurra. It is recommended to have a 4WD vehicle to navigate the unsealed roads within the park.
The walk to Emma Gorge takes about an hour and is for intermediate to advanced walkers.
Although the hike is relatively short (3.2 kilometres return) the trail can be narrow, with some steep inclines and slippery sections and involves some creek crossings and clambering across rocks. Hikers are rewarded along the way with a fascinating landscape in stark contrast to the harsh, dry outback of the Kimberley with its red dust and endless horizons.
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