“In this isolated expanse, there’s no phone, no fuss, just pure fresh air and wide open spaces”
outed as one of the most significant tourism developments in 20 years, the recently unveiled Berkeley River Lodge brings a new level of luxury to the Kimberley Coast. Twenty ocean-view villas sit atop a coastal dune at this isolated expanse, which is perched on the stunning Berkeley River and surrounded by native vegetation. The lodge can accommodate up to 40 guests, with packages that include return scenic floatplane transfers (the only way to access the spot), accommodation and meals. Activities such as river and coastal cruises, 4WD excursions, fishing tours and guided walks are also included, providing a quintessential Berkeley River experience. A century has passed since explorer Charles Conigrave ‘discovered’ and named the Berkeley River, remarking that it would one day be “the The premier guide to Western Australia scoop.com.au
haunt of tourists”. Three years ago, another local pioneer – Martin Peirson-Jones – followed his sentiments to develop a multi-million-dollar tourist attraction in harmony with the natural surrounds. Each villa has its own balcony with 180-degree views of the river or the Timor Sea, and boasts a king-sized bed and ensuites with an open-air freestanding bathtub. Treks and cruises take you to waterfalls, rock escarpments and freshwater swimming holes, and bring you up close and personal with a variety of flora and fauna. Take a helicopter journey and see the Kimberley from a unique vantage point, or simply laze by the pool and enjoy local gourmet fare. In this isolated locale, there’s no phones, no fuss, just pure fresh air and wide open spaces.
THE BERKELEY RIVER LODGE Season | Closed October 15 2012 to January 31 2013 Minimum stay | Three nights Prices from | $897/person
KEY DETAILS Address | The Kimberley Coast,Via Kununurra, 6743. Phone | (08) 9169 1330 Email | email@example.com Web | www.berkleyriver.com.au July - December 2012 Scoop Traveller