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Drysdale River Station
Reviewed January 14, 2013

We stayed a night in the campsite by the water hole a few km from the station. It was all basic, but we weren't made to expect anything more so it was absolutely fine. Our abiding memory of Drysdale River Station is of how exceptionally friendly and helpful the staff were. We somehow got a hole in our car radiator close to the Station, and nursed the car back hoping someone could help us (bearing in mind how far we were from a town). The mechanic had just left (this was in late October), but John (who owns the station with his family) was able to weld it back together, and although we all knew it wasn't a permanent fix, it was what we desperately needed. Thanks to his help, we were able to make it to Mitchell Falls (the most picturesque natural wonder I've ever seen), and see some of the stunning Aboriginal artwork around that National Park. Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful, so I have only good things to say about Drysdale and would always recommend anyone going to the Kimberley to stop by!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We were on a wonderful 15 day tour from Broome to Darwin and stayed at some wonderful campsites, these made the low standard at Drysdale even more obvious.

The site was well run from food and general day-to-day standard, but the investment in the infrastructure has been sadly lacking. The ambiance of the site is poor, though there is one highlight - the refrigerator that acts as a phone box!!!

Poor value.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jopallie, Owner at Drysdale River Station, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2012

I was disappointed to read your review. I don’t understand why you thought the campground ablution block low standard.
It is one of the best along the Gibb River or Kalumburu Roads, we honestly get great comments about it constantly. It is cleaned every day. The bathrooms are fully self contained. Shower, toilet, hand basin, mirror, power point and a seat. Floor and shower is tiled in each bathroom, and with the extra 2 spare toilets, a laundry and lots of clotheslines, I fail to see why you disliked it so much. Despite what you say that ablution block was a very large investment in infrastructure. We have again chosen not to increase our prices for 2013 and are in fact already less cost than many of the other places offering camp facilities along the road. I know our ablution block is better than many others, so have no idea why you say poor value when compared to other places. Did someone here do something to annoy you perhaps, if so I am sorry.

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Reviewed October 11, 2011

Drysdale River station accommodation has always been pricey, but when you are that remote and there are no other options it's to be expected.

The super hot showers (when the generator is running, but still hot when it's not) were a surprise.

Rooms are very basic dongas with shared ensuite. Safari tents are the same price with shared ammenities but only available if there isn't an APT tour here. If you are right behind the dongas you would have to put up with the airconditioner noises.

Got a pretty good atmosphere. The APT staff are friendly.

You can only pay by credit card or cash (no debit/eftpos).

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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Jopallie, Owner at Drysdale River Station, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2012

The information you give is not quite correct. I was only just told about it or could have responded sooner. We have for the last 12 or more years had EFTPOS which takes ALL cards including debit cards. Debit cards are taken daily at the shop.
What did stun me was the comment about the noisy air conditioners.
The safari tents are now pulled down and totally gone BUT as for anyone every having to put up with air con noise that is rather difficult to imagine, as there are NO air conditioners in those accommodation buildings at all, never ever have been. I wonder why bother to make a detrimental comment about having to put up with air con noise when clearly you didn't even know there were no air cons at all anywhere here, none here to this very day.
Glad you enjoyed the atmosphere despite your negative comments.
An update is that we have just done up all the older rooms and reduced some room prices for 2013. Also planning new rooms with private en suite and for the first time ever also air cons in the rooms and therefore in future the generator will run 24 hours. Hopefully you will enjoy your next stay more.

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Reviewed October 1, 2011

2009 review has changed. The Drysdale River Station is now operated by APT (tour comp.) This has only just happened and therefore we were a little disappointed not to be involved in a family run station atmosphere.....No communal kitchen anymore - so you can only eat at the coffee shop/bar/restaurant area which is alright but a little expensive with only ONE choice for Dinner and breakfast too dear....The flight seems similar to 2 years ago. The accommodation is very basic and extremely small (in past days seem to be the drovers quarters.) There are also Safari Tents now available due to the fact that APT have moved from their site along Kalumbra Road. These tents do not have ensuites.

There are no walks or trips to do within the area of the statiion. And we were hoping for trips to be organised to Mitchell Falls (as in the past) due to the fact that hire cars cannot travel along Kalumbra Rd. So if you are interested in the Bradshaw Art Work forget it.....

The generators still go off. The staff are a little unsure of what is going on as this is their first year there- so we did a lot of washing and resting while there.........

Room Tip: Safari Tents may be better than the cabins?
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Jopallie, Owner at Drysdale River Station, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2012

I was disappointed to read your review. I was only just told about it or could have responded sooner. Please let me update you. There is no longer any tour company based here, there are no safari tents either. We are again just a family run station, offering tourism. We have just totally done up the older rooms and are planning new ones as well, with en suites and air cons. The communal kitchen for the accommodation is being fixed and reinstated for guest use, as is the guest laundry. The generator will run 24 hours in future. I do have to say I was stunned by your comment about in the past trips to Mitchell Falls being available. I have been here for 26 years and I have to say that we have NEVER offered road trips to the Mitchell Falls. As for hire cars not being able to travel the Kalumburu Road or go to the Mitchell Falls, that is incorrect as dozens do drive there every week all dry season. You clearly chose the wrong hire company as several others do offer that option. Many people enjoy bird watching, walking along and swimming in the Drysdale River while here. There is also a lot of rock art ( including Bradshaws) to be seen along the road at the King Edward River area and at the Mitchell Falls National Park. What a pity your hire company would not allow you to go any further North! I am very sorry you did not enjoy your stay here.

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Reviewed September 20, 2009

Drysdale River station is a road house type of accommodation with basic rooms and limited, basic meals. There is a large covered area with tables and chairs next to a pretty basic communal kitchen which is ideal for enjoying your own meals in the bush setting. However the generator goes off overnight so you can't rely on the fridge that's there.
The scenic flight over the Mitchell Falls from Drysdale River station takes two hours of slow flying with the first 20 minutes just for crossing to the edge of the station's boundary. Mount Hart, Mount Knight And Mount Trafalgar are all spectacular from the air, as is Prince Frederick Sound. However the Mitchell Falls don't have a lot of water in August and you can't get an appreciation of their grandeur in a 7-seater plane. At $325 per person for six people it was an interesting way to see part of the huge Kimberley region from the air and Ben the pilot gave us lots of information about the area and the workings of the station.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 4, 2016
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  • Stayed: May 2016, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Drysdale River Station

Address: Gibb River / Kalumburu Road | North Kimberley, Drysdale River, Western Australia, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Kimberley Region > Drysdale River
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Drysdale River
Price Range: $150 - $250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Drysdale River Station 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are not a hotel, not a motel, not a farm stay, not a bed and breakfast, not a roadhouse, but we ARE an Australian outback mixture of all these things.While we are a general service center, even more important to your fun &comfort is our Beer Garden, "Kimberley North". Offering shaded tables, coldbeer, good food and on cold nights a log fire all combine to ensure it is the hub of the North Kimberley.Our web site offers a huge amount of information and useful links for Kimberley travel.We now also offer new air conditioned accommodation rooms with en suite. Choices of Queen bed or king size single beds are available. ... more   less 

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