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Channel 7’s Sunrise broadcasts live from Faraway Bay

Sunrise combine logoFaraway Bay was proud host Channel 7’s Sunrise on May 21, 2015. Their roving film crew stayed with us and broadcast live throughout the morning.

Sassy weather presenter, Edwina Bartholomew hosted live weather updates every half-hour, showcasing locations in and around Faraway Bay, including a very early-morning view over the Timor Sea and our beautiful bay.

The crew ventured out on tours and sightseeing during their stay – including a trip to the breathtaking King George Falls, with highlights screened during Eddy’s weather crosses.

You can watch the video package here and see for yourself just how amazing Faraway Bay really is.



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Far, Far Away | Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine

Head to Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast to experience Wine in the Wilderness where winemaker Larry Cherubino chooses spectacular drops to savour in a unique location. Wine writer Nick Ryan reviews Faraway Bay’s exclusive four-day wine tasting retreat.
Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine - Feb/Mar edition 2014

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To find out more about Wine in the Wilderness or to make a booking enquiry, click here.


Way out West | Traveltalk Magazine

Western Australia’s outback truly is the last frontier – a vast wilderness that seems to encapsulate everything visitors picture Australia to be.  Experience the dramatic waterfalls, ancient red-faced gorges and abundance of native flora and fauna from these true blue outback retreats.  Read the story by West Aussie travel guru Jessica Zoiti here.

Traveltalk Magazine - April 2013

The Kimberley named in top travel list by New York Times

The New York Times’ top travel list for 2013 is out and Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region is named as one of the best places in the world to visit.

The Kimberley was the only Australian destination to earn a place in the ‘Top 46’ list, taking out the number 19 spot.

Tim Neville from the New York Times writes (excerpts):

“Even by Australian standards, the Kimberley region is remote, with roughly 50,000 people living in an area larger than Germany.

“The area has long been largely off-limits to anyone without a yacht or the nerve to pilot a four-wheel drive through rocky riverbeds. Now luxury lodges have opened up the region to travelers willing to trade big bucks for land-based access to some spectacular spots.

“From any of these spots you can go fishing for barramundi, hike to sacred rock art sites, and take tours to towering waterfalls or up croc-infested estuaries to spy on wallabies and jabirus.”

Get in early to experience the magic of the Kimberley at Faraway Bay. Our all-inclusive package rates cover accommodation, all guided activities, unlimited boat charter, and all freshly prepared gourmet meals and beverages including select fine Australian wines and beers.

The 2013 season opens early (from March 28) in time for Easter.


Check out rare rock art | The Sunday Times

Kimberley Aboriginal rock art

Luxury bush camp Faraway Bay in the Kimberley is hosting two Rock Art Retreats this year.  The four-day retreats include tours to rare indigenous art sites not usually accessed by the general public.  Read story by The Sunday Times’ Escape Travel writer, Angela Saurine.

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…or for more information on our Rock Art Retreats, click here.

Australian ‘Glamping’ Experiences – Faraway Bay a Facebook favourite

Glamping [glamorous + camping] – a form of going camping, with glamour. It’s like regular camping, but with nicer things than usual – being warmer, good food and the physical comforts associated with more luxurious types of holiday.

Faraway Bay has been showcased as one of the top 12 Australian Glamping Experiences on Tourism Australia’s Facebook page.  Check out what travel-lovers around the world are saying…

Faraway place lures Perth couple | The West Australian

Viewby Nathan Dyer

They say time at Faraway Bay is measured in tides and sunsets. The water is clear and deep and the big sky an endless blue. Sound like paradise? Well, that’s because it is.

For Perth business couple Kevin and Kathie Reilly the utopian blue waters of Faraway Bay on the remote Kimberley coast have become the ultimate sea change.

In search of a second business to complement their seasonal Perth operation, Caribou Charters, Mr Reilly said he was “blown away” when he flew to the Faraway Bay resort after seeing an advertisement in Geraldton.

Having bought the 25ha property, 280km north-west of Kununurra, from Kimberley legends Bruce and Robyn Ellison earlier this year, the Perth couple have spent the past month settling into what will be their home for six months each year.

Mobile phone coverage is unheard of here, stars provide the night-time entertainment, groceries arrive once a week by plane and freshly caught fish is a staple.

As one staff member comments: “Even the toilets are flushed with spring water.”

Although neither party to the deal will reveal what paradise costs, one industry source estimated the remote Kimberley property to be worth between $3 million and $4 million.

But paradise also has its hazards. “There’s a big croc which comes into the bay every now and then .. . he looks like a battleship when he glides in,” Mr Reilly says.

“He comes in here and checks on his harem of girlfriends up the creek and then cruises off again.”

While Mrs Reilly will spend time in Perth, where the couple’s youngest son Griffin, 13, goes to school, her husband will remain on the Kimberley coast throughout the tourist season.

Looking out over a spring-fed plunge pool, the former rock lobster fisherman does not pause to think when asked if he will miss city life. “No, I don’t think so,” Mr Reilly laughs.

Northern Dreaming | The Outdoor Room Magazine with Jamie Durie

Words & Photography Belinda Jackson

Wild and untouched, the remote Kimberley is waiting for the adventurous explorer.

There’s a dream-like quality to north-western Australia. High up in the Kimberley, the land is layered with legends and mystical happenings. You discover ancient lives and wilderness so remote, its creeks and headlands have names known only to those who have lived there, names that don’t yet appear on any official map.

Travelling into the sun, from east to west, I journey with travel company Outback Encounter, on a trip that leads from an iconic cattle station near Kununurra in the eastern Kimberley to secluded tourist camps on the far north-western coast of the continent. Romantic and remote, the Kimberley is between the major gateways of Kununurra and distant Broome, linked by the legendary 660km Gibb River Road. The journey is half the adventure, starting with Bullo River Station, where buffalos watch our helicopter drift across white clouds, on our way to waterfalls barely touched by humans.

“Bullo’s a little lost valley,” says owner Marlee Ranacher, who, like her mother Sara Henderson, has written books about the huge property. From Bullo, our light aircraft skims the top of Western Australia to what is surely the country’s most isolated airstrip, a cross of mown grass at Mitchell Plateau. Below, long, orange dirt roads wend their way to remote communities perched on the coastline of the Timor Sea. In the month after the Wet season, the roads are lined with mangroves and wetlands that glisten in sunlight.

We set sail from Mitchell Falls to the next stop, Faraway Bay, a tiny camp just shy of Cape Londonderry, the most northerly point on the Australian mainland. Gliding down a quiet river in slow boats, we watch diamond mullet bubbling in the mangroves, and spy long deep grooves in the soft, riverside mud.

From there, it’s back to the airstrip and onto another chopper to the other-worldly Kimberley Coastal Camp, a collection of little gazebos beloved by artists, bushwalkers, barramundi hunters and those seeking solitude. We’re sent out on our art walk with fresh focaccia burning our hands and sweet rainwater in our bottles, to visit a swimming hole and to meet the local spirits, living in a beautifully painted cave. When darkness falls each night, a handful of like-minded spirits converge over dinner, talking about the prolific birdlife, great human survival tales and awe-inspiring art galleries, and we all agree we have never been anywhere so beautiful.


when to go In the Dry season, from April to October. Many properties and roads are closed during the Wet.

what to bring As little as possible: helicopters impose a 10kg limit per person. Just sarongs, swimmers, hats, sunscreen and insect repellent!

getting there Virgin Blue flies Sydney to Broome via Perth twice daily and has several flights each day from Sydney to Darwin. Qantas flies Sydney to Broome via Perth daily, with direct flights from Sydney to Broome from April-September, visit Each property (see details below) can organise transfers from Broome, Kununurra or Darwin.

staying there Outback Encounter arranges individually customised holidays to all accommodation mentioned, (08) 8354 4405, Kimberley Coastal Camp is a short helicopter trip from Mitchell Airstrip, 600km north of Broome. Packages from $1590pp, 0417 902 006, Bullo River Station is a working homestead 110km east of Kununurra. Two-night packages from $2740pp, (08) 8354 2719, Faraway Bay is 280km north-west of Kununurra and accessible only by air. Three-night packages from $3460pp, (08) 9169 1214, Rates for all properties includes all food, accommodation, most activities and some transfers.

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