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The Berke­ley River Lo­ca­tion

The Berke­ley River is nes­tled on the gen­tle curve of Joseph Bon­a­parte Gulf on Aus­tralia’s re­mote north Kim­ber­ley coast. A stone’s throw from some of the most spec­tac­u­lar un­touched coastal wilder­ness on Earth, this is truly God’s coun­try.

The clos­est town, Wyn­d­ham, lies 150 kilo­me­tres south to south east, but there is no road or trail leading you here. The only ac­cess for the priv­i­leged few is by air and ocean.

Get­ting there is half the ad­ven­ture

De­part­ing from Ku­nunurra by float plane, your one-hour flight will take you soar­ing over epic Kim­ber­ley land­scapes, from gorge and cat­tle sta­tion coun­try to lush, rain­for­est-cov­ered es­carp­ments and wild ex­tra­or­di­nary coast­lines. Be sure to have your cam­era ready.

Sched­uled trans­fers run ev­ery Mon­day and Thurs­day, but other days can be ar­ranged on a pri­vate char­ter ba­sis.

Through the eyes of early ex­plor­ers

The Berke­ley River re­mains vir­tu­ally un­touched since early ex­plorer Charles P. Con­i­grave vis­ited the area in 1912 and named the river in hon­our of his brother. So many of the land­scapes you ex­plore are much the same as when Mr Con­i­grave tra­versed them a century ago. “The scenery there­abouts is, per­haps, as wild as any to be seen in Aus­tralia, and years ago I proph­e­sied that some day, when the Far North be­comes gen­er­ally known to the world at large, this great gorge will be the haunt of tourists.

“The great chasm men­tioned is a fea­ture of a large, pre­vi­ously un­known river, that we dis­cov­ered named the ‘Berke­ley River’ – the mouth of which is some 10 miles due east of Mount Ca­sua­r­ina, a lonely mark on that very lonely coast. The Berke­ley Gorge, which ex­tends for 15 miles in­land, is guarded by pre­cip­i­tous walls over 300 feet in height, and the wa­ter­way in the gorge is about 200 yards wide, patently very deep … All the rivers on this sec­tion of the far north­ern coast, and there are sev­eral in ad­di­tion to those that I have men­tioned, are char­ac­terised by gorge-like ravines, but that of the Berke­ley is in­fin­itely the wildest and the most stu­pen­dous.” Charles P. Con­i­grave

Ex­pe­ri­ence True Wilder­ness Bask in Wild Lux­ury

THE BERKE­LEY RIVER VIL­LAS Twenty lux­ury vil­las are per­fectly po­si­tioned along a 65-me­tre-high dune to com­mand 180-de­gree panora­mas sweep­ing from Joseph Bon­a­parte Gulf to Reve­ley Is­land, or from the mouth of the Berke­ley River to its rugged red gorges be­yond.

Your air-con­di­tioned pri­vate re­treat fea­tures a king sized bed and open-air en­suite, com­plete with dual van­i­ties and a free-stand­ing bath tub for bathing in the Kim­ber­ley moon­light. And be­yond the dra­matic glass frontage, the oc­ca­sional seat­ing and daybed on your deck beck­ons you to laze away an af­ter­noon.

The Berke­ley River Main Lodage

De­signed to blend con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture into the unique Kim­ber­ley coast en­vi­ron­ment, the main lodge is just a short stroll from your villa. Here,

‘ The Berke­ley River is nes­tled on the gen­tle curve of Joseph Bon­a­parte Gulf on Aus­tralia’s re­mote north Kim­ber­ley coast. A stone’s throw from some of the most spec­tac­u­lar un­touched coastal wilder­ness on Earth, this is truly God’s coun­try.’

you can cool off or work out in the 20-me­tre lap pool; lounge with a book or mag­a­zine from the lodge li­brary; dine on the fresh­est fine lo­cal pro­duce; or talk busi­ness in our small con­fer­ence cen­tre.

Mem­o­ries to Last a Life­time

AC­TIV­I­TIES AT BERKE­LEY RIVER & BE­YOND There are many ways to im­merse yourself in the rich nat­u­ral beauty of Berke­ley River and the Kim­ber­ley wilder­ness be­yond – some ad­ven­tur­ous, some en­rich­ing, some ro­man­tic and all led by our res­i­dent specialist guides. RIVER CRUISES Full-day and half-day Berke­ley River cruises led by our res­i­dent skip­per take in the nat­u­ral trea­sures of this tran­quil river sys­tem. Choose from cruises and gorge hikes to Ca­sua­r­ina Falls, a cool­ing dip in the se­cluded wa­ter­holes of Berke­ley Creek and the chance to spot na­tive flora and fauna, from salt­wa­ter croc­o­diles to rock wal­la­bies and birds of prey. FISH­ING Here, you have the op­por­tu­nity to fish where only the priv­i­leged few have ever cast a line, with some lo­ca­tions so re­mote, they can only be reached by he­li­copter. What’s more, the in­cred­i­ble di­ver­sity of habi­tats of­fers the chance to chase an im­pres­sive ar­ray of species, from queen fish, threadfin sal­mon and mul­loway to the elu­sive bar­ra­mundi. WILDER­NESS PIC­NICS Feast on a pic­nic lunch or a late af­ter­noon an­tipasto plat­ter, pre­pared by our renowned chef, be­side se­cluded palm-fringed wa­ter­holes, the ma­jes­tic Mount Ca­sua­r­ina or un­der our unique ‘Can­de­labra’ tree. HE­LI­COPTER FLIGHTS Jump aboard our lux­u­ri­ous Bell 407 he­li­copter to ven­ture be­yond the four wheel drive tracks to trea­sures hid­den deep within one of the last true wilder­ness ar­eas on Earth. Gaze in awe at the mighty King Ge­orge and Mitchell Falls. Watch the sun­rise atop Mount Ca­sua­r­ina. Swim in crys­tal-clear rock pools un­touched for hun­dreds of years. Pic­nic at Ea­gle Falls. Or fish some of the re­motest spots in the world. FOOD Head Chef Paul Sey­mour has a real pas­sion for re­mote lo­ca­tions and has worked in high end es­tab­lish­ments and award win­ning venues.

With Pauls’ pre­vi­ous roles as Head Chef at Nightin­gale Wines and War­ren­mang Vine­yard Re­sort, prior to tak­ing up the reins in the kitchen at Berke­ley River Lodge he has gained a rep­u­ta­tion for his culi­nary ge­nius and metic­u­lous ap­proach to personalising any menu to suit our guests.

All chef ’s menus and recipes are avail­able upon re­quest.

The Lodge’s cul­tured yet dis­cern­ing ser­vice amid a ca­sual en­vi­ron­ment wel­comes you at ev­ery meal and our res­i­dent som­me­lier will en­sure your meals are com­ple­mented with wines to en­hance the flavours on the palate. www.berke­leyriver.com.au

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