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The Berkeley River
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

we just spent 5 nights it is an amazing place built on top of a large sand hill with beautiful views there is is just so much to do and see but you can also just sit back and relax if you wish .Will definitely being going back in the Barra season next year.once again the staff really make it and the food and drink was great. The scenery in that part of the country is incredible and saw some of the best preserved rock art I have seen.A chopper flight is a must even though it might seem expensive it is well worth the effort.This is an experience that will remembered for the rest of your life

Room Tip: only 20 rooms and all have beautiful wiews though it is quite a walk from the higher number rooms
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

We had 5 nights here, this was fantastic, from the time the pilot greets you in Darwin to when you leave the staff are fantastic and nothing is too much of s problem. Food and dinks second to none anywhere in the world. We wanted to do the all day helicopter tour straight away and found 2 other couples over breakfast the next morning after arriving who said lets go, they organised it in less than an hour it was a highlight of our whole holiday, the pilot did a great job and we visited sites that blew us all away. The fishing trip we did was another highlight, all of us caught fish, had Sally the local 4m Salty at one spot checked us out from just meters from the boat, the guide calleda sea eagle and he feed it one of the fish just meters from the boat. The river cruise was another great day. We (retired) can only say, do yourself a favour and have 5 days here, this is a great "Spend the Kids Inheritance" holiday, do not wait book now, we will be back next year.

Stayed: July 2017
3  Thank Julie P
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

Like many guests recently we booked our holiday at Berkeley River Lodge on a LuxuryEscapes deal, and because the price was so good, we added on two more nights. We are glad we did, because this place is meant to be explored, and only a few days are like the canapes served up at dinner - just a tantalizing taste!

We flew in from Darwin - if you don't like small planes, you're going to have a problem, but the pilots from Kimberley Air were friendly, professional, and gave us a smooth ride up and back. The size of the plane will depend on how many guests are flying in/out.

Berkeley River Lodge is perched on a huge sand dune, the only ones of its kind in the area. You get a great view of the main lodge and your villa accommodation on the flight in. The water looks inviting, but don't be tempted. The risk from crocodiles is real. We saw a few!

You'll be transported around the lodge and for outbound activities on custom Land Cruisers - great fun!

I won't spoil the experience by giving a blow by blow on the activities we did, but my advice is to soak it all up. Every day there is something interesting to do and see. This really isn't a place to lay about, although having a nap on 1-2 afternoons might be in order! If you can, sign up for a helicopter flight. Talk to other guests and team up, as you can share the cost.

The villas are comfortable - air conditioned (great in the afternoon), nice bed, but I found the pillows a little uncomfortable. The outdoor shower is fun - especially at night. Don't forget to look up! Toilets are very clean - Ecotoilets, so not long drops, of which I'm not a fan, but be aware you can hear everything next door haha. You'll save on your luggage weight if you just use the toiletries provided.

If you're in an ocean view villa be prepared for the sunrise. It's beautiful, it's early and there are no blockout curtains. Bring an eye mask if you want to sleep in and miss out on the show.

Make sure you bring hats, sunglasses, bathers, good hiking boots, sunscreen and insect repellent. Don't bother with fancy clothes - it's all casual and comfortable, and it will get red dirt on it anyway.

We found the food tasty, and plentiful. I read a review about "small portions" not being enough - either things have changed, or that person needs to go on a diet. The chefs were very helpful for those guests with food intolerances. Wines and beers were plentiful. I'm not a coffee fiend, but I expect one complaint would be the lack of freshly ground coffee. I think most people who come to this level of accommodation would expect this (especially from down south), so my suggestion would be at a minimum to bring in beans and get a commercial automatic machine. I was very happy with my T2 tea.

Above all the staff are fabulous. Apart from Bruce, who has spent 5 years at Berkeley River Lodge, everyone else is new, with the changeover from the family owners to the new resort owners. However, I think they have assembled a good team with Jacqui at the helm - incredibly organized and good humoured. Special mentions to Grant (guide, fishing guide - thanks for taking us out, and laughing so hard at the ones that got away!), Bruce for our great creek walk (we LOVED your DVD of your trips in the wet), Matt and Matze for your great humour and informative commentary on the river cruise, and bush drive, and the rest of the staff for their lovely service - Emma, Bec, Rosie, Caleb, Epp. Also a big thanks to Newman, True North helicopter pilot for flying us so safely and to some amazing spots for fishing.

Thank you for making our honeymoon a special holiday to remember. It not only met, but exceeded our expectations.

Room Tip: If you can get an ocean view villa, they are great.
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank kittycat888
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

A once in lifetime experience which should be shared by more Australians.

Amazing setting, pristine wilderness, wonderful accommodation and fabulous staff - what more can one ask for,

We travel the World to places like Machu Picchu and find it a spiritual experience - but here in Australia, we have something in our own back yard which is just as deep and meaningful.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sam Z
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Reviewed 28 June 2017

A very special and memorable experience that lived up to all our expectations. Rare opportunity to see part of Australia that is rarely seen by Australians or overseas visitors. Compare to overseas trips this stay represented tremendous value for money considering it included flights over Northern Australia, accomodation, all meals and activities.
Activities were scheduled but there was no obligation to participate. they were well run and very enjoyable, while the staff were very knowledgable.
Be prepared though for the open air bathrooms, although lying in a hot bath under the stars has pleasant memories.
Many thanks to the chefs! nothing was too much trouble, including the preparation of our freshly caught Dew Fish which was a huge hit with all the guests.
Despite previous comments the variety of Australian wines was excellent, the sunscreen was plentiful, and the Australian made toiletries were well received.
Thank you to all staff for a very memorable holiday, we wish you all the best.

Room Tip: Rooms with views over the Berkerley River mouth were stunning combination of cliffs and ocean.
  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Berkeley River, Kununurra, Western Australia 6740, Australia
Region: Australia > Western Australia > Kimberley Region > Kununurra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Kununurra
Price Range: €934 - €1,332 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Berkeley River 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In one of the last true wilderness areas on earth, between Timor Sea sunrises and Berkeley River sunsets, the ultimate Kimberley adventure and refined indulgence awaits. Only accessible by air, getting to the Berkeley is half the adventure. Leave modern life far behind and relax into the rhythms of nature in your luxurious villa floating atop the coastal dunes. Be one of the privileged few to set eyes upon breathtaking wilderness landscapes by river cruise or helicopter flight. ... more   less 
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