Interested in earlier reviews in which the feeling ‘ripped off’ seems to predominate in relation to Emma Gorge. We had so been looking forward to visiting this resort, but do admit we weren't expecting city service because of the remoteness and guessed we would be hit with city prices. Those expectations were certainly met.
We really enjoyed the ‘walk’ (not for the faint hearted, lots of boulders and rocks to clamber over ; but the experience of the Gorge swim at the end is absolutely exceptional) to the Gorge and treated ourselves to a night in their tented accommodation as a reward. As the picture unabashedly illustrates, there’s no luxury associated with that accommodation, apart from the price – yes an en suite, but no basic luxuries such as: air conditioning, frig, tea making facilities, hairdryer, secluded location/view, comfortable beds- those things that you expect when you're paying inflated prices.
The service was friendly enough but some rather big gaps were evident. On checking in we were cheerfully advised that our ‘tent’ had a parking place for our 4wd – ‘That’s a specialty included in the price”. When we got to our accommodation it was interesting to note that we were one of the very few tents WITHOUT a parking place – especially intriguing as it was quickly evident we were only one of 3 tents occupied by independent travellers. All other guests were passengers on the 2 bus tours lodging for the night and clearly the last thing they needed was a parking space. Such a basic consideration to be dealt with at booking time you would think.
A la carte dinner was us and another couple – the hordes were off at the group dinner. Wait staff was very pleasant and accommodating but food was just average – barramundi over cooked and ridiculously fussy with miso and noodles and just trying to be too clever. Breakfast: again friendly staff but little anticipation of needs. We waited for the groups to move out before arriving at breakfast and the bain maries had nothing in them, the toaster had broken, no fruit. We were paying an awful lot for this accommodation + breakfast. We actually had to ask for replenishment, rather than it being evident as soon as we arrived that we would want it. Very odd.
That said we had a pleasant stay. The setting is lovely in amongst the trees with the red Gorge as background - and we were at the beginning of our holiday and determined NOT to be disappointed, whatever the price.
But let's face it to all of this, if you please, we had to add $60, for the privilege of driving through the rest of El Questro and enjoying the walking/driving tracks and lookouts. The main station looked little better to us in accommodation and food options – and indeed our experience here is why we arrived the next night at Home Valley Station, further along the Gibb River Road, with such low expectations. In fact there, we were blown away by the seriousness with which they took the quality of their accommodation, service and facilities.
So in fact, do yourself a favour: walk the Gorge (I gather that’s $10); explore El Questro (is that another $60?), then head off to Home Valley Station – the amount you’re paying for accommodation there is evident in its service and facilities, which is absolutely not the case with Emma Gorge.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Emma Gorge Hotel Kununurra
- Emma Gorge Resort Kununurra, Australia - Western Australia