In May, we stayed 3 nights in a river view bungalow. It had a nice outlook over the river. We really enjoyed our time at the Station. We also stayed 3 nights at Emma Gorge Resort. We preferred The Station as it was more convenient for the tours, closer to all the walks and the bungalows offered more home comforts.
The bungalow was well equipped - small fridge, kettle, tea/coffee, hair dryer, air conditioning - everything you'd need. It was clean and comfortable and well serviced each day. No TV but that was a good thing - it was really nice to be cut off from the outside world for a while.
We really enjoyed our meals in the restaurant - we had breakfast and dinner there each day. The food was delicious - considering how isolated the property is, it is impressive that the food being served up is that good. The portions were generous and well presented. After an active day walking, it was great to rock up to the restaurant and have a hearty meal (that someone else had cooked!). The service in the restaurant was also very good. One night an outside BBQ option was also offered which we enjoyed - it was good to mix it up.
The restaurant is BYO. You can buy drinks at the Station bar or bring in your own alcohol. If we'd known that, we would have bought wine in Kununurra before we arrived.
The breakfasts were yummy too but after discovering we had a fridge in the bungalow, we wished we'd brought cereal and milk as it would have been more cost effective ($12 for 2 pieces of toast and a serve of Weetbix in the restaurant is rather steep but I guess that is how they make their money). Having said that, the cooked breakfasts were good!
We found the staff to be very friendly and enthusiastic. We only did one organised tour (Explosion Gorge) which we enjoyed - Logan was an excellent guide (very friendly and knowledgeable).
I wasn't sure what to expect when we booked El Questro. I'm not usually into organised tours but El Questro offered the perfect mix. We were able to be independent (drive to the walks and do them ourselves) but join tours if we wanted the guided, group experience. We had 5 full days at El Questro and we found this to be the perfect amount of time. There is a lot to see and do. We loved doing all the walks - the gorges are spectacular - and the walks are well marked (and maps are provided) so you know you are heading in the right direction! It was also nice to have some home comforts and enjoy meals in the restaurant each night.
A fantastic, scenic holiday - highly recommended!
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