The proprietors have transformed this run-down cattle station into a premium pastoral lodge that provides an excellent stopping off point in one of Australia's last true frontiers.
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History & culture | Natural world
The proprietors have transformed this once run-down cattle station into a premium pastoral lodge that provides an excellent stopping off point in one of Australia's last true frontiers.
The rugged landscape of Australia’s far northwestern Kimberley region is steeped in Aboriginal history. Its sandstone escarpments give way to huge plateaus of sand and grassland making it an ideal outback playground for those looking for a spot of adventure. At the foot of the Cockburn Range and close to the Pentecost River, the location of this rustic ranch is simply magnificent. Guests can explore the immediate area’s towering gorges, waterfalls and billabongs on a series of easy-going gorge walks.
Accommodation ranges from the minimalist Eco Tents to the comfortable Guesthouse Rooms and the intriguing luxury of the Grass Castles. The Eco Tents are best for nature-lovers with extra-high pitched canvas roofs and large decks from which you can drink in the Australian outback. Accommodating Guesthouse Rooms are sensitive to the station’s cattle house history with corrugated iron walls covering a boutique interior. Lastly, the Grass Castles are perched along the banks of the beautiful Bindoola Creek and are shaded by towering eucalypts abundant in birdlife.
The station’s Dusty Bar & Grill serves contemporary Australian cuisine against a backdrop of heritage frontier memorabilia with farming tools and saddles lining its walls. Making the most of their surrounds, the chef selects fresh local produce daily, including bush herbs, seeds, fruits and flowers. Meals are complemented by a robust selection of fine Australian wines.
From Home Valley Station, guests are encouraged to explore their breath-taking surrounds. Either take to the aforementioned trails or look into horse rides, guided walks or fishing tours to spot saltwater crocodiles and land a barramundi. A particular treat is the history tours where an expert local guide will take you through the area’s rich past. Start your day with a swim in the lodge’s pool and finish it round the campfire, swapping outback stories with fellow guests over a drink. Alternatively, find a secluded spot on the station’s estate to enjoy a quiet sundowner.
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