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Lifestyle : The Kimberley
*Valid for sale and travel until 30 October 2010. Subject to availability. Valid for The Station and Emma Gorge only. Not combinable with any other offer. Room only.Transfers not included. Further conditions apply. The call of the wilderness special report the kimberley THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2010 3 WA NT ra Geike Gorge Windjana Gorge Timor Sea K 0 200 km Bro oome e m m m ur Derby De by Geike G m m Wyndham Mitchell Falls s s Kununu Gibb River Rd Lake Argyle Bungle Bungle NP Ancient ways . . . (from left) Wandjina Aboriginal rock art; four-wheel-driving at Cape Leveque; Mitchell Falls. Cover image: a fan palm tree in the Bungle Bungle Range. Photo: Getty Images (08) 9161 4322, hvstation.com.au, and El Questro Wilderness Park, offer guests accommodation ranging from tents to luxury villas and homesteads. A Holiday Park Pass, (08) 6467 5000, dec.wa.gov.au, allows for multiple national parks entry. One-way 4WD rental is available from Budget, (08) 9168 2033, budget.com.au, and Broome Car Rentals, (08) 9192 2210, broomebroome.com.au. Tours Every accessible nook of the Kimberley is on a touring route. Choose a style and climb aboard. APT Wilderness Adventures, kimberleywilderness.com.au, hosts small-group tours in 4WD vehicles, including a week-long safari to the remote reaches of the Gibb River Road. Kimberley Dreams, 1800 000 521, kimberleys.com.au, will tailor itineraries for families and small groups. Coaches with four-wheel-drives operate on popular routes. Visit main gorges in a couple of days with Kimberley Wild Expeditions, 1300 738 870, kimberleywild .com.au, from Broome, or cover the highlights, from Geike Gorge to El Questro to the Bungle Bungle Range, on a two-week camping tour in a purpose-built vehicle. Australian Pinnacle Tours, 1800 046 819, pinnacletours.com.au, hosts one- to 19-day tours; the latter traversing the state's coast from Perth to Kununurra. APT, 1300 369 262, kimberleysafaris.com, offers escorted tours in airconditioned coaches. Horseback The Kimberley's dramatic landscape and vast cattle country inspire a slower pace, making horse riding ideal. At Diggers Rest Station, (08) 9161 1029, diggersreststation .com.au, you can take a trail ride for several hours or a day, an overnight trek or rides of up to 14 days. These go deep into the bush, acquainting riders with billabongs, campfires and tradition. Expect to spend up to seven hours a day in the saddle. Horse Trekking the Kimberley, 1300 794 014, discoverwest.com.au, hosts a seven-day adventure visiting the Saw Ranges and the Ord River. Home Valley Station stages cattle musters according to demand. Riding is suitable for adults and children. El Questro hosts horse rides that take guests off the beaten track. Swept away by Broome BROOME'S newest beach resort, Pinctada, is not all smart suites, Li'tya day spa and fine dining. This year's inaugural beach polo competition was a raging success and is to become a regular fixture. 1800 746 282, pinctadacablebeach.com.au. At the other end of Cable Beach, Amsara is establishing itself as a luxe B&B for foodies with tasty treats including chocolate desserts (pictured). (08) 9192 7761, amsara.com.au. Also capitalising on its isolation, the newly rebuilt Eco Beach Retreat hosts whale watching, boat and chopper rides. (08) 9193 8015, ecobeach.com.au. In Chinatown, a long-time favourite cafe, Blooms, has morphed into Kool Spot, (08) 9192 5512, which, despite the moniker, does great breakfasts and lunches. There are more good flavours at the 12 Mile Cafe, including Asian greens from its own gardens. (08) 9192 8552. The Mango Place is great for wood-fired pizza on Fridays and Sundays, as well as ice-cream, wine, chutneys and soaps (mangowine.com.au) and there's a new cafe at Pearl Luggers, where Broome's history comes to life. pearlluggers.com.au. For bling, the town has several pearl shops, as well as the new Autore jewellery boutique in Dampier Terrace. www.pearlautore.com.au.
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