Not a lot has changed since the time when Australia was part of Gondwana. The Kimberley is a destination abundant with wildlife sanctuaries, gorges, waterfalls, beaches and thousands of years of Aboriginal culture. Glamp it up in one of the world’s last wilderness frontiers . One of the oldest landscapes on the planet, the Kimberley region is a wilderness frontier of 423,000 square kilometres.
One of the best ways to experience the Kimberley region is a holiday under canvas. In recent times, the growth of glamping or glamorous camping resorts has proven a boon for travellers partial to city luxuries.
From the Indian Ocean to the outback, glamping resorts in the Kimberley offer guests comfy beds, private showers and gourmet meals in some of its most pristine wilderness areas.
Popular glamps include Eco Beach Wilderness Resort, 130 kilometres south-west of Broome.
Eco Beach Wilderness Resort
Eco Beach’s safari-style eco tents have partial views of the Indian Ocean and are decked out with king-size beds with linen, bedside tables, reading lamps, wardrobes and storage chests, en suite showers and toilets. Tents also come with 20-litre eskis for storing snacks, drinks and ice available from the resort’s Jack’s Bar & Restaurant.
Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
200km north of Broome, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm’s eight luxury safari style tents are nestled between the foreshore and Kimberley rainforest woodlands. They offer shared bathroom facilities and a communal kitchen.
A stay at the pearl farm offers a chance to learn secrets of Western Australia’s pearling industry and explore the Dampier Peninsula.
Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge
Further north, adventurous travellers can explore the Mitchell Plateau, with its rainforest, open woodland, valleys, creeks and stunning falls while staying in one of Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge’s 24 tented cabins.
The tented cabins have en suites and guests are served home-style breakfasts, packed lunches and freshly prepared dinners with complimentary wine.
Mornington Wilderness Camp
The highlight of a stay at Mornington Wilderness Camp, 550km east of Broome, is the opportunity to observe the Australian Wildlife Conservancy staff in action.
The non-profit organisation is dedicated to conserving Australia’s threatened wildlife and ecosystems; in Mornington Sanctuary, these include the Gouldian finch, purple-crowned fairy-wren and red goshawk.
In the eastern Kimberley, staying at Emma Gorge Resort in El Questro Wilderness Park is an opportunity to drift off to sleep in a tented cabin. Comfy beds come with quality linen and pillows. Cabins have en suite bathroom facilities and sleep four.
Facilities at Emma Gorge include a swimming pool and lounge area shaded by native trees and landscaped gardens.
El Questro offers a range of tours and activities such as scenic hikes (at several gorges and to Zebedee Springs), cruises on the Chamberlain River and helicopter flights.
Home Valley Station
Not far from El Questro, Home Valley Station’s safari-style eco tents are surrounded by bushland. The eco tents have extra-high pitched roof tops and large canvas windows on all sides, which can be fully drawn back at night to reveal a blanket of stars.
The tents have comfortable king-sized beds, timber floors, lovely timber furniture, power, lighting, fans and decks. Bathroom facilities are lclose by and tents are serviced daily.
Activities on the working cattle station include horse riding and fishing.
Kimberley Wild Expeditions
Adventure tour operator, Kimberley Wild Expeditions, has a camp in Purnululu National Park. The Bungle Bungles Safari Camp offers a dash of luxury for the customers exploring World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park and its spectacular beehive dome-shaped sandstone towers. The camp has safari tents with twin or double beds, shared flushing toilets and a communal meal area with an open campfire.