Western Australia has four premium level lodges providing sensational, one-of-a-kind hospitality, in spectacular natural locations.
Subtle local interventions are elegantly woven into each of these properties where you can indulge in 'out-of-this-world' experiences, with each luxury lodge offering a profoundly different magical effect.
So, let’s take a look at four very different premium lodges in Western Australia.
1. Cape Lodge
A stay at Margaret River's Cape Lodge is more like residing at a private country estate, yet with all the paraphernalia of a world-class boutique hotel. Located on its very own vineyard and producing fine Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc for guests, Cape Lodge is heaven for those yearning to enjoy outstanding food and wine in the heart of the world-renowned Margaret River wine region. You can also find great wineries in Pierro, Cullen, Moss Wood and Vasse Felix close by.
Twenty two romantically designed rooms and a magnificent 5-bedroom private residence welcome guests to a secluded retreat sitting on 40 acres of parkland and ornamental lakes.
The Cape Lodge Restaurant features a sensational menu of seasonal home-grown produce, and paired Margaret River wines.
Getting There: By Air: Cape Lodge can be accessed by flights from all major Australian airports via Perth.
By Car: It's just a 3-hour drive south from Perth.
Things to Remember: Margaret River is a place of inspiration for many acclaimed jewelers, photographers, painters, and craftsmen, and, when not indulging in wine tastings, or 'relaxing' at the beach, you can easily spend time wandering the artisan trail.
2. El Questro Homestead
Solitude can be found at El Questro Homestead, located on 700,000 acres of vast and stunningly beautiful terrain ... and more than 60-miles from the nearest town. Some of Australia’s best wilderness vistas can be seen from this cliff-top lodge serving just eighteen guests.
This east-Kimberley based luxury lodge also offers fabulous wilderness tours. You can soak in the Zebedee thermal springs, cruise private gorges with permanent waterfalls, experience the terrain on foot or on horse-back, or enjoy the vast wilderness from the air.
El Questro is renowned for serving scrumptious cuisine in the most dramatic locations - we recommend sunset drinks overlooking Chamberlain Gorge, and dinner under a canopy of stars.
Getting There: By Air: You fly in to Kununurra. There are regular flights from major Australian cities to Kununurra via Perth, Darwin, and Broome.
By Car: El Questro Homestead can be reached by car via Gibb River Road ... considered one of Australia's great outback drives.
3. Sal Salis
One of Australia’s very best kept natural secrets can be found at the luxury lodge, Sal Salis, located among the coastal dunes of Ningaloo Reef. With just 15 eco-luxe tents (plus one very special honeymoon 'suite' ), Sal Salis offers one of the very best locations to swim with marine giants as they migrate through each year.
With a 'touch-of-barefoot-style' in a remote and spectacular wilderness, Sal Salis offers a chance to reconnect with nature ... and with prolific wildlife ... given the mobs of euros, red kangaroos, wallabies, emus and echidna in and around the camp.
You can go on guided wildlife safaris in Cape Range National Park, or get amazed by the marine life around Ningaloo Reef. Supported by some of the best local cuisine and fine Western Australian wines, the camp’s environment ensures a memorable bare-foot wilderness experience.
Getting There: By Air: Qantas flies daily to Exmouth. The Sal Salis team will collect you from the airport ... or you can request a scenic flight.
By Car: From Perth, it's a 13-hour drive north to Sal Salis, or 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Exmouth.
Things to Remember: The camp is not sign posted, and, there's a “No Drive After Dark” policy within the Cape Range National Park given the abundance of wildlife.
4. True North
A signature luxury cruise that has long been regarded as one of Australia’s most outstanding adventure tourism experiences, True North offers flagship Kimberley cruises. The activity-based itineraries are designed for discerning travelers who wish to experience Australia’s most remote islands, spectacular gorges, majestic waterfalls, and hard-to-access coastal regions.
[Our Previous Blog was on Luxury Lodges Of Australia : Northern Territory, Tasmania And Victoria]
The cruises have all been designed to access wilderness with spacious cabins featuring modern décor, and offer a range of tour options from scenic heli-picnics to overnight camping adventures.
Getting There: True North Cruises are located in Broome, from where the signature Kimberley Wilderness Cruise departs. The vessel also picks up guests from Kununurra.
True North cruises also depart from several other Australian capital cities. For details, go to: https://www.truenorth.com.au/cruise/schedule/.
Things to Remember: If your primary focus is wildlife-watching, we suggest traveling in the build-up to monsoon when rivers become fuller and masses of wildlife congregate on the shores.