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Home Valley Station
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Sydney, Australia
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99 reviews
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“Great place to stay”
Reviewed 5 August 2010

This is a great place to stay, and one of the best we stayed at on the Gibb River Road. The rooms were nicely appointed, and the bathrooms spacious and nicely done. There's good airconditioning in the rooms, ceiling fans, and a small fridge. The rooms have a covered footpath alongside, but there are no private verandahs as such. All the rooms seemed to have a garden view.

There are magnificent boab (Australian baobab) trees on the site. There's also a camping ground on the property. As we drove in, we notice people in the camp ground waving at us, but then we realised they were signalling us to slow down, as our car was kicking up dust.

The pool is pretty good, and shaded, and is salt-water chlorinated. It's open from 06:00 till whenever (whenever being around 21:00). The bar and restaurant are covered but open on the sides. The dinner was pretty good; we opted for the continental breakfast, rather than the hot buffet breakfast. You'll need to make a reservation for dinner.

Despite having private facilities, I checked out the public bathrooms and showers: they were the best we saw along the Gibb River Road.

Whilst the prices might seem expensive, it should be remembered that this is a very remote part of Australia, and that the accommodation throughout the Kimberley is relatively expensive. I did not think it was overpriced for the quality or location.

There's also a feel-good aspect to staying here, which I was not aware of before I stayed. It's run by an Aboriginal corporation, and the station provides local indigenous people with not only employment but job training, and the facility has a branch of a technical college where employees can gain credits towards qualifications in hospitality, horsemanship and horticulture.

We didn't do any of the tours offered by the station, but drove back up the Gibb River Road (heading east) to a lookout point about 10 minutes away, which had a magnificent view across the Cockburn Ranges (see photo) at sunset. There's a big stone table there, and surprisingly only one other car there.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

The station is relatively new and currently getting a lot of media attention. It offers every standard of accommodation from camping (which is what we did, with a group of 17 people) to simple motel type rooms (really nicely fitted out) to romantic and very private cottages (The Grass Castles). there is so much to do, guided walks, horse backing riding, fishing, etc, it is a top outback experience. We really enjoyed the peaceful relaxation after the pounding the Gibb River Road for a week.

The camping is top class, with lawn (that is quite rare in the Kimberley).
I really enjoyed my visits to the toilet and shower because of the spacious private rooms with lots of hanging and storage space. There were only a couple washing machines and with the Kimberley a dusty place to be, a few more machines would limit the waiting time.

We used the restaurant and bar for brunch and dinner, and both meals were just fine but we did have to work at it with the staff, who responded well. My breakfast arrived cold, so I sent it back and got a nice hot plate of eggs and about half a pig of bacon.

Considering how far the food has to come to arrive on your table, the chefs achieved well cooked standard menu items, although I did chose the crocodile, prawn and scallop linguine and wished I had picked something less challenging for the kitchen. Others were very happy with their chicken and beef dishes.

Don't miss visiting the Pentecost river bank at sunset for drinks and nibbles. A magic place to enjoy the amazing red of the mountains and the snouts of the crocodiles watching you.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 14 September 2009

We stayed here for 2 nights a couple of weeks ago. The resort is really nice, and the rooms were the nicest we stayed in on our whole trip. The king bed was great and the air con was quiet! The bar area was great and the pool area was fine, although more shade would be good.

However, I only rated this place as average as they are charging top resort prices, but are not quite there yet in terms of service. The reception staff were a bit sour - in fact at the end of the stay I pointed out an error to them (in their favour!) and they just presented me with another, higher bill without saying anything! I just thought it was a bit odd.

The staff and their families use the pool which I don't think is on. Obviously they need a pool but should really have their own one, as the pool is not very big. At one point it was just me and about 6 staff members in the pool! They actually have a second pool for the people staying in rooms but they would not allow us to use it. They said it wasn't ready but it looked very ready and I suspect they did not want to have to clean it for a small number of guests.

The food was nice (but do not order the oysters - we sent ours back) and generous portions. The evening entertainment is fine, but they have the same guy every night which meant we listened to exactly the same show 2 nights in a row, and there is not exactly anywhere else to go! The bar is meant to stay open until 10pm but they turned the footy on at around 8pm and then shut the bar at 9pm without a word, although 4 of us were sitting there.

I think the tours were very overpriced and the one we actually wanted to do was only on on Saturday nights which was a let down.

All in all, definitely worth a visit, but they definitely need to polish up their customer service and stop the staff from using the paying customer facilities!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 13 September 2009

Home Valley station in the Kimberley region is an excellent accommodation option while you're touring the region. The station is only a very short drive off the Gibb River Road and when you arrive, the dusty road gives way to a nice green area for camping and caravans. The reception and adjoining steak house are nicely set out in a covered area under trees with plenty of dining tables surrounded by a low stone wall. While you're sitting there you don't see any of the usual Kimberley dust flying up from vehicles which is nice as there's enough dust on the road while you're travelling. The steakhouse has a regular musician and a campfire off to one side for the true bush experience. Our meals at Home Valley were of excellent quality, we had the beef and kangaroo steaks. The homestead rooms are actually new motel style rooms set out in long buildings allowing each room a view of landscaped gardens. It would be nice to see more Australian native plants growing there but that's a minor quibble. The rooms are a good size with comfortable bedding and a good sized bathroom. It would be nice if there was somewhere for people in the homestead rooms to sit out besides the dining area or by the pool as visitors like to take in the fresh air in the bush rather than staying in the air conditioning. I would recommend Home Valley as a great value stopover to any travellers in the Kimberley.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 May 2009

Home Valley is a working station that also caters for tourists and it works beautifully. We spent 5 days there in April (we were lucky that the Gibb River Road was open) and for Poms this was a real eye opener - our first real taste of proper 'off roading'. We stayed in one of the permanent tents - and we only have one criticism of our accommodation - they could have provided something to put clothes in/on as there was room in the tent, but we had to live out of our suitcases for our stay. Not a major problem but it would have helped as there was room!
We were woken every morning by the cacophony of cockatoos flying round the site - loud but beautiful. Did encounter various wildlife in the shower block including preying mantis, frogs and crickets which only added to the experience. No snakes. The pool was a welcome break from the heat!
I was lucky enough to catch a Barramundi on our half day fishing tour - great fun and great eating - the chef cooked it for us for dinner and lunch the nect day.
We spent four hours in the saddle with JR exploring the station which was amazing. We drove the Karunji track to Wyndham and watched the sun set over the Cockburn Ranges which was magnificent.
The staff were all fabulous and informative and we would definitely go again if we could!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 13 November 2008

Home Valley Station is a working cattle station located in far North Western Australia, it also is an on-site training school for indigenous people from the region. The Cattle Station also provides a fabulous outback tourist farm which caters for outback adventure tours and activities in the Kimberley’s. Its also where the movie Australia was filmed and on the bar counter is a huge photo of our Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

Location - Home Valley Station is 120km from Kununurra along the Gibb River Road.

The road to the Gibb River turn off is excellent all sealed and well sign posted. It takes approx 40 minutes (53kms) from town. The Gibb River road is a dirt road but is in excellent condition today and before proceeding, we check out all the signs which tell you exactly what part of the road is closed and the conditions. (excellent for drivers doing the whole trip to Derby or Broome).

The scenery is gorgeous the road flows along the Cockburn Ranges and sweeping savannah plains, waterfalls and deep gorges which are all magnificent. You pass some major attractions like El Questro Wilderness Park , Emma Gorge and Resort.. Gibb River Road was originally made for carrying cattle from cattle stations to the ports of Wyndham and Derby. Its still used today by the huge road trains.

One has to cross the Pentecost River if travelling from Kununurra which is a major river crossing that is wide and sometimes dangerous due to its tidal changes before arriving at Home Valley Station, so a 4WD is essential for driving along the Gibb River Road.

Accommodation – There are plenty of different types of accommodation available from luxury tents to private bungalows to dorm style rooms. So basically it suits all types of travellers. We liked the private bungalows the best.

Facilities – There is a large public outdoor swimming pool which day visitors and guests can use. A car-park , public toilets. showers, ATM and licensed bar available.

Restaurant – The Dusty Grill Bar is an open rustic restaurant with authentic Station memorabilia placed around the room. Its open to the public and also to in-house guests. There is live entertainment in the evenings and an opportunity to meet the local guests kangaroos / snakes and other wildlife.

Tours – You can do almost any tour from Home Valley Station from canoeing/ bushwalking / fishing/ horse riding/ cattle mustering / sunset tours / and hunting. Its all here waiting and at your fingertips.

Wet Season – Home Valley Station is the first station to stay open during the Wet Season and promises some spectacular scenery. You do however have to fly into the Home Valley Station Airport.

Overall – If visiting Kununurra or passing through on the Gibb River Road, Home Valley Station is a welcoming sight and is well worth stopping for an overnight stay or just as a day visitor from Kununurra. To benefit from this station one needs to stay a few days to explore this beautiful and spectacular scenery. We visited as a day guest and totally enjoyed ourselves and if in the region then Home Valley Station is a must do on your list.

  • Liked — Cute self contained cabins.
  • Disliked — nothing.
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Home Valley Station
Address: Gibb River Road, Kununurra, Western Australia 6743, Australia
Region: Australia > Western Australia > Kimberley Region > Kununurra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Kununurra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Home Valley Station 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Home Valley Station we pride ourselves on providing guests with the ultimate Australian outback experience. Accommodation across the Station provides options for travellers of all preferences - from those who prefer their rugged outback adventure with a twist of luxury to those seeking a more intimate experience. Our spacious Grass Castles on idyllic Bindoola Creek are lavishly appointed, providing guests with the ultimate in outback lodging. Homestead Guesthouse Rooms provide a comfortable retreat and are perfect for couples and families. The safari-style Eco Tents, located in a quiet bush setting, will impress those seeking to connect with nature. Those wishing to roll out a swag under the stars are invited to enjoy the Gibb River Road's best camping facilities at our Homestead and the picture perfect Bindoola River Bush Camp. ... more   less 
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