About Faraway Bay – Kimberley Holidays
Faraway Bay is an inviting haven, nestled on a rocky hilltop overlooking the turquoise Timor Sea. Our location, 280kms northwest of Kununurra, is in the remote and spellbinding Kimberley Coastal region of Western Australia. Offering one of the most authentic and unique experiences at a Kimberley holidays coastal retreat, Faraway Bay is not just another modern resort in a remote location – it is a unique wilderness retreat built on character, local Kimberley history and true outback style. Faraway Bay is the only land-based property that includes a tour to the iconic King George Falls in the daily package rate, along with a fly-over on your scenic flight out to Faraway Bay. You will experience nothing like it anywhere else!
It is because of this that Faraway Bay offers a true authentic Kimberley holidays experience. Limited to small and exclusive numbers, Faraway Bay provides the ultimate setting and service. Everyone who stays at Faraway Bay has their own ultimate experience – a trip of a lifetime!
This truly unique and multi-award-winning wilderness retreat is owned and operated by hosts Kevin and Kathie Reilly. They fell in love with Faraway Bay the moment they set eyes on it, like so many do.
The property was acquired in 2011 from pioneering hosts Bruce and Robyn Ellison. The Reilly’s passion for the ocean and the Aussie outback is incorporated in Faraway Bay’s uniqueness and what they think is the most amazing place in Australia. They have kept it small and exclusive in numbers, which enables guests to experience that personal touch. Tours are designed around the interests of the guests staying at the time, so every day is different. Meal time is a ‘family affair’ – everyone seated around the one long table, guests and staff all together discussing the day’s adventures. Old school communication – talking at the end of the day, sharing stories with lots of laughter. It is this they believe that adds to the magical experience. In this modern, busy, hectic life that we all lead, taking time out to breathe, relax and just enjoy good company in pristine surroundings is the perfect holiday.
Eco Retreat Pioneers
The stunning Faraway Bay site was discovered in 1986 by former owner Bruce Ellison. He secured a rare lease over 28 hectares of dramatic coastline, with a vision to create an isolated and unrivaled luxury bush camp.
The site chosen was a protected rocky outcrop, with outstanding views of the Timor Sea. Also close to Western Australia’s most iconic and awesome waterfalls – the King George Falls.
Faraway Bay opened to guests in 1996.
Faraway Bay has a rich history with many great Aussie tales to tell.
The camp itself was built mostly from local materials, including massive pylons that once supported the Wyndham Wharf (180 kms away). Also used were original telegraph poles from Halls Creek (300kms away).
After years of sharing this authentic outback experience with guests, the camp suffered a major blow in March 2005. With only a few weeks to go until the season opening, Cyclone Ingrid’s 280km/hr winds directly hit and devastated the camp. Two staff braved the storm and sheltered in a storage unit, which had been chained and concreted in place. Sadly the cabins of Faraway Bay were destroyed.
In true Aussie spirit and with bush determination, passionate past guests and Kununurra residents volunteered to help reconstruct the camp. Labouring in over 40°C heat, it was rebuilt in just one month, opening improved and refreshed for guests in April 2005.
Today, our guests enjoy the fruits of that labour of love.