The magnificent El Questro Station is located off the famous Gibb River Road, around 100 kilometres from Kununurra in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. El Questro Station was established in 1991 as a wilderness tourist destination by English-Australian couple Will and Celia Burrell. Over the years, it changed hands several times before being bought by an Australian group in 2021, returning it to Australian ownership.
Even though the area is remote, every year thousands of tourists from across the world visit this iconic cattle station that’s surrounded by one million acres of untouched wilderness. The adventures at El Questro Station are endless with the most popular activities including hiking and swimming at Emma Gorge, relaxing in the thermal pools of Zebedee Springs, or cruising the calm waters of the Chamberlain River.
El Questro Station and Wilderness Park appear like a welcome oasis after travelling the dusty roads of the Kimberley. Sprawling across almost a million acres, El Questro features one of the most extraordinary landscapes. There’s something special that attracts hikers, bird watchers, photographers, and holidaymakers to this remote, yet stunningly beautiful area.
Visitors to El Questro Station can take guided or self-guided tours and explore the ancient gorges, salt flats, thermal springs and lush tropical rainforests and waterfalls. Majestic lookouts have views that seem to go forever, swimming holes provide a place to cool off, and three river systems provide unique fishing spots.
Emma Gorge is one of the Kimberley’s most spectacular and accessible gorges and one of El Questro Station’s biggest attractions. From El Questro Emma Gorge Resort, visitors can take a self-guided hike or join the local guides and traverse the Emma Gorge Walk Trail, deep into the rugged Cockburn Ranges. Once there, you can take a refreshing dip in Emma Gorge waterhole, warm up in the thermal spring or sit peacefully beside the 65-metre droplet waterfall.
Enjoy an adventure to El Questro Station on a Kimberley tour with Fun Over 50 Holidays.
Many people are curious about the name ‘El Questro’ – what it means and where it originated. El Questro was named in 1958 by Torrance McMicking, who claimed the land, but its meaning remains a mystery. What is clear is El Questro Station is a magical, ancient landscape offering unique and wonderful experiences to all who visit.
Over 100 species of birds can be found throughout El Questro Station, along with mammals, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates. Visitors might spot crocodiles, pythons, frilled neck lizards or fruit bats along with an abundance of archerfish and barramundi.
The best time to visit El Questro Station is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this time, the weather is mild, with warm days and cool nights, and there is little to no rainfall. The dry season is also the best time for outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, and fishing, as the water levels in the rivers and creeks are lower and the roads are more accessible. However, it's worth noting that the dry season is also the most popular time to visit, so it can be busy. If you prefer a quieter experience, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons (April/May or September/October), but be prepared for higher temperatures and the chance of rainfall.
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