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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