We stayed for one night in a bungalow at the Station Township. We chose this because we are not campers but we found the Township very relaxed and laid back. There are excellent shower blocks and washing facilities if you are bringing your own tent. The bungalows were cosy and surprisingly well equipped with shower/loo, fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. There is also air conditionning or fans. The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of room for our teenage daughter without being on top of each other. The Township does not have a pool but there are sunbeds by the river. The restaurant was good but very busy and there was a wait for food. However considering the staff were working like mad to produce great food in the middle of nowhere I thought it was worth it. It is an expensive place to stay and the shop provisions are pricey. $2 for a packet of M&Ms! You have to remember the cost of flying in goods to the Kimberley region generally and then transporting to El Questro. You also pay for wilderness park permits but this is nature at its rawest and there looks like a lot of work to get the trails cleared each season. The evidence of the power of the Kimberley rains is all around you. We had driven ourselves in a 4 wd so we were quite independent and did not go on any official tours. They are expensive and get booked quickly. However we found it great fun to drive ourselves to the gorges, follow the walking trails and bathe in the safe water holes. You do however need a 4 wd if you are going to drive the tracks in the parks as you need to drive through rivers (and this was the dry season). The scenery is stunning and having briefly seen the new Home Valley station I think this is where El Questro wins. Emma Gorge is very pretty and the tented cabins looked good. We saw the Homestead from the air and drove quite close. It has good views but the gorge is not as steep as the photos suggest. However if you have £1000 a night I'm sure its very comfortable. The Township is spreadout and some of the private camping positions looked wonderful if that is your thing and they are no more expensive. Some of the pitches close to the Township did look rather close to the road and amenities but so did the Emma Gorge ones and the accommodation in Home Valley Station. This could put off some people who are looking for a "complete wilderness" experience. The Township Cabins are next to the river and because they are more of a building you are protected from neighbour noise. We only stayed the one night and found 2 days plenty of time to see most of the area. If we had been able to stay longer we would have walked El Questro gorge and hired a boat on the Chamberlain river but I do not think it is necessary to stay 3 nights to have a great experience. El Questro park is unique in the Kimberley and has perhaps lead to a degree of complacency in terms of pricing and facilities. Home Valley station is fairly new and not really been marketed. It is government funded to work with indigenous people so may be better if you are looking for that sort of thing.
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