7 October 2010
El Questro Wilderness Park Manager, Michael Bass, stumbled across Amaroo Falls while he was carrying out a routine aerial burn programme recently.
"Finding Amaroo Falls was a surprise right out of the blue," said Michael, more commonly known as Micko, who has worked at El Questro for eight seasons. "I was speechless when we landed to have a look. That such a beautiful place still lay undiscovered was hard to believe. We did a couple of loops in the helicopter and I was amazed at the make-up of the falls, a series of falls connected by crystal clear swimming holes that just screamed ’explore me!’"
"Two weeks later I was back, swimming in the pools."
Located in the south eastern corner of El Questro, 25km south east of the main activities hub of El Questro, The Station Township, and 25km south of Emma Gorge Resort, Amaroo Falls are the latest jewels in El Questro’s crown, found purely by chance.
Because of their beauty, they have been named Amaroo Falls, ‘amaroo’ meaning ‘beautiful place’ in Aboriginal.
Amaroo Falls comprise a stunning collection of around 15 waterfalls and cascades of varying heights from 2 metres to 45 metres and are accessible only by helicopter. In addition, there are pristine swimming holes and some of the most breathtaking views El Questro has to offer, sweeping across the south eastern El Questro plateau.
Vegetation at the falls includes Kimberley heather, grevilleas, acacias and spinifex. Being one of the semi-tropical pockets of El Questro there are also maidenhair ferns with tropical box trees and rock figs growing out of the walls.
To allow visitors to El Questro to enjoy the waterfalls, the El Questro rangers have developed the Amaroo Falls Tour. Taking a maximum of just two passengers, the tour includes the scenic flight to Amaroo Falls, guided commentary and interpretation from an El Questro Ranger and a gourmet picnic lunch. Once at the falls guests can hike, swim, learn about the flora and fauna, or just relax in their own magical corner of El Questro. The tour takes approximately two-and-a-half hours.
Covering a massive million acres, El Questro is located in Western Australia’s East Kimberley, 110km from Kununurra. It is a land of red-rock mountains, resplendent river gorges, boabs and hidden patches of rainforest. And spread out across a million acres, there are waterfalls, gorges, ravines and cascades that have remained undiscovered for years.