Under the umbrella of El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort is a self-contained “glamping” resort, 26km from The Station.
There are 60 safari-style tented cabins nestled under shady trees in the shadow of the Cockburn Range; separated from the restaurant and communal areas by a small bridge over a small creek. The cabins sleep up to four people. and cost $316pn although I have seen them offered on the website for around $250pn. They are furnished very comfortably with a queen bed and 2 singles and ensuite bathroom; are powered and have a fan for cooling and are well ventilated. There is a kettle for tea and coffee brewing, but there is no fridge, which I found a little unusual. Each cabin has a small balcony and outdoor dining setting in the shade of the trees. Although the cabins are grouped together in one area, they are situated in a way that most of them are not overlooked, and we found ours very private.
The resort houses a swimming pool and onsite restaurant, with a bar and cafe service plus a small shop and reception. We ate both lunch and dinner in the restaurant and were very impressed with both the quality of the meals and the price.
In the morning we made the hike up to Emma Gorge, a 3.2km trail. The walk is advised as a grade 4; moderately difficult is how I would describe it. The trail starts out easily on flat ground which gives way to rocks and boulders as it rises up the to the gorge.
Along the way the trail is marked by guiding blue triangles. It is possible to stop and have a swim in the Turquoise Pool, the aptly named small pool approximately at the halfway point; but we were on a mission to beat the heat as the forecast that day was for 39 degrees.
As we followed the trail it moved from one side of the water to the other and we had to clamber over slippery rocks, but we took our time and reached the top of the trail after about an hour, where we were greeted by the breathtaking site of the waterfall cascading into the waterhole below; sometimes Mother Nature just puts on a magnificent show.
We gingerly made our way into the freezing water for a swim, but I have to admit that we didn’t last very long. Luckily there is a small thermal pool at one side where we lingered a little longer before setting off on the downward trek before the day became too hot. Once down at the bottom we rewarded ourselves with a swim in the resort pool before settling down on a lounger to catch up on some reading before lunch.
Being only a small boutique resort, Emma Gorge makes for a very quiet and relaxing stay, away from the general hubbub of the busier Station; but although the cabins can accommodate a small family, fur babies are not allowed at this particular resort.
Emma Gorge is approximately 75km from Kununurra, on the Gibb River Road, and has a 2km unsealed driveway.
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