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Emma Gorge Resort at El Questro
Gibb River Rd. | El Questro, Kununurra, Western Australia 6743, Australia (Formerly Emma Gorge Resort)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Kununurra
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“Emma Gorge wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

.We went to El Questro and went for a walk at Emma Gorge a few weeks ago and we were made to feel so welcome. Not only was the scenery wonderful but a lovely blond lady with glasses bobbing around in what looked like an oversized green lawnmower stopped and spoke to us. We were after water and she took us to the Boab tree so we could fill our bottles up with Boab water. She told us how lucky we were to have had the rare experience of drinking Boab water as El Questro was the only place that had this water from the tree. I still think it was a yarn but not sure. We asked about the cane toad box and she went back with us and gave a mini lecture and what El Questro was doing to try and stop these horrid creatures. We were not guests and she had a pile of bedding in the back of this mower yet she took the time to speak to us. We went up the Gorge and it was magnicifent. We are a fit couple so it was an easy walk for us. The middle pool was so blue and its an experience that I will never forget. On our way out of the Gorge we saw this staff member again. We asked her about Zebedee Springs as we wanted to go there but unfortunately if was closed for the day.. We are still struck by her and she made our visit that much more special.

One day we would like to return and stay in the Tent cabins here.

I highly recomend a visit to the Gorge.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, General Manager at Emma Gorge Resort at El Questro, responded to this review, June 23, 2012
Dear Kingston B,

Thank you for taking the time to provide such positive feedback about El Questro's Emma Gorge and your interaction with one of the housekeeping team. It is a wonderful guage for us to see how we are living up to visitor's needs and expectations.

You highlighted the cane toad initiative and it is worthwhile that you mentioned this. We have been attracting great interest from the science community who are now using the natural attraction of cane toad fence to monitor and survey other species of wild life at Emma Gorge.

We hope that in the future you get the opportunity to come and stay for a longer visit.

Warm regards,

Lori Litwack
GM El Questro Wilderness Park
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Halls Creek, Australia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

"Doing the Gibb River road" is high on many travellers agenda - and even if you only do the first section from the Great Northern Highway to the Pentecost, you can say you've done the Gibb. If you can combine staying at the wonderful Emma Gorge resort, then you've achieved a great deal. The Resort is part of the El Questro station, a huge cattle range about 60 km from Kununurra. The country is magnificent - huge mountains rise from the plains and the sky goes on forever. The resort is located about 30km along the Gibb River road and comprises tents in the bush, with a central restaurant and bar complex. The immediate attraction is Emma Gorge itself, a fabulous pool one kilometre of tough walking away from the resort. The tents are modern, clean and have ensuites, with views into the surrounding bush. A good pool is located at the central complex. The restaurant serves excellent modern food and the staff are attentive. This is quite a contrast to the wildness of the surroundings - that is very much part of the charm. Speaking of wilderness, we drove down to the Pentecost River - and decided to cross it. The water came up to the windscreen of our high clearance 4wd - scary but fun! A really great weekend at Emma Gorge!

Room Tip: The tents all have a small outside area facing away from other guests.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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, General Manager at Emma Gorge Resort at El Questro, responded to this review, June 23, 2012
Dear Kimberley Dave,

We were so happy to read your fabulous review of El Questro's Emma Gorge Resort. We can tell from your words what a great impact the property and location had on your visit. We take great pride in offering outstanding food and unique accommodation in the wilderness. Glad to see that we delivered and met your expectations.

We hope that we will see you as a frequent visitor to El Questro.

Warm regards,

Lori Litwack
GM El Questro Wilderness Park
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sydney
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

a trip out the gibb river road from kununurra will bring you to emma gorge, and the emma gorge resort. the open dining area appears like an oasis through the trees as you wind up the driveway. this really is a resort with a difference.

accommodation here is in safari tents, an experience you could refer to as “glamping”. these tents are raised off the ground by a good metre to assist in cooling, with a hard floor and all the usual tent designs to allow maximum airflow when needed. they have a bathroom at one end with a swiss-head shower which is most welcome at the end of the day.

the tents are set away from the dining and lounge area which helps ensure a quiet night’s sleep.

we were blown away by the quality of the food on offer, both at breakfast and dinner. you really do work up an appetite out here and the kitchen at the resort didn’t disappoint. we also found the staff to be very helpful and polite.

the walk into emma gorge will you take you anywhere between 40 minutes to an hour, depending on how you pace yourself. take a bottle of water, knowing when you finish it you can simply refill it in from the stream you’re walking along. swimming in the gorge at the end of your hike is ample reward – a beautiful spot on the map of Australia.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lori_Litwack, General Manager at Emma Gorge Resort at El Questro, responded to this review, May 4, 2012
Dear Capt Funkelicious,

Both myself and the team at Emma Gorge are so pleased that you clearly enjoyed your stay with us. We're very proud of the resort and the beautiful, tropical atmoshphere that the gardener works so diligently to maintain. It is indeed a "glamping" experience with a difference.

Thank you for sharing your positive feedback. We hope to see you visit us again in the amazing Kimberley.

Warm regards, Lori LItwack-General Manager El Questro
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sydney
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

We spent 2 nights here in a quad Tent - it was quite roomy and the ensuite was good.....
The Safari Tents are set amongst trees, creek and bushland settings - very attractive. The restaurant and bar area are very well appointed. We had a discount buffet the first night which was great , but had to have al a carte the next (no choice) From reading the reviews previously I think the Buffet (at a discount) should be offered on a regular basis.. The tour groups would be disappointed to read some of the comments, and I feel privilaged to have been able to stay at Emma Gorge, as well as some other Safari Tented accommodation.
These places have been built by the tour groups and allow Self Drivers to also stay. We would have been poor for choice if they were not available to us.... I agree that the staff should take note of comments eg. Tour groups together - and self drive customers given the tents with parking. Also it would be nice to have coffee & tea making and if poss a fridge on request.....But hey! The walk to Emma Gorge (even though a little tough) is worth a little inconvenience here and there. And Yes El Questro down the road has some great things to do and see - in all a great visit....

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

The setting and context of Emma Gorge resort need to be taken into consideration when reviewing it. It is set at the base of deep red cliffs and provides an oasis of green and tranquility in the surrounding plains of brown and russet. The permanent safari-style tents are quite comfortable and a clever design, with a queen-sized bed and two singles, but no storage/hanging areas. It did get a little crowded and messy when all four of us were in there. The bathrooms were fine, although people prone to noisy ablutions could be heard clearly from adjoining tents. The highlight of this resort is the setting of the communal dining, bar and pool areas. There is an a la carte restaurant with variable food and service, a buffet area with quite average food and a relaxed bar with a plantation-style feel. The gardens are very green and lush and well-maintained and the pool has several wooden recliners providing a relaxing area after the trip up Emma Gorge. Pool towels are provided. It is more the setting and atmosphere at this resort which make it feel unique and it has the added benefit of being at the mouth of Emma Gorge, which is a truly spectacular place. The swim at the end of the 40 minute walk is amazing and make sure that you swim under the rocky ledge to the right of the waterhole and experience the warm springs coming from the rock face - a nice contrast to the freezing water under the waterfall.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

We spent one night at Emma Gorge Resort at the end of our Gibb River Road trip. The tents were really well designed and it comfortably slept 4 of us. It was lovely to wake up to the sound of the birds and wildlife. The restaurant was great and of course the Emma Gorge walk was just amazing to see. We really enjoyed our time at Emma Gorge and would definitely stay there again !

Room Tip: Ask for tent that backs onto the creek for lovely sounds in the early morning.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Airlie Beach, Australia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

We spent 2 nights here with a tour group and found it to be quite an oasis in a very dry part of the Kimberley. The food was excellent and the open reception area was a very restful place for a cold drink and a chat at the end of the day. My minor quibble was with the background music, which I found intrusive when surrounded by the beautiful sounds of the birds. Also, our tented cabins were quite a hike from the dining/reception area so we had plenty of exercise before we even started exploring the gorges etc.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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Address: Gibb River Rd. | El Questro, Kununurra, Western Australia 6743, Australia (Formerly Emma Gorge Resort)
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Kununurra
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Kununurra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden within the fiery red of El Questro’s Cockburn Ranges lies the spectacular Emma Gorge Resort, with excellent facilities for the whole family. Emma Gorge Resort offers comfortable tented cabins, each with their own private facilities. Shaded pathways link the tented cabins with the restaurant, pool and bar. ... more   less 
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