The new and luxurious Berkeley River Lodge is located in one of the most remote locations in Australia. A true outback adventure accessible only by sea or plane, it is located on the remote uninhabited North Kimberley coast of Joseph Bonaparte Gulf-between the Timor Sea and Berkeley River (west of Darwin). The Lodge and its 20 luxurious chalets are perched atop a 65-metre high sand dune at the mouth of the Berkeley River. The only way in and out is by seaplane or boat. The one-hour scenic air transfer is from Kununurra (KNX) which passes over diamond and iron-ore mines as well as the spectacular Kimberley countryside.
Each of the 20 air-conditioned chalets has a balcony and sun lounge with beautiful views over the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf. The highlight of each chalet is the stunning open-air bathroom with its shower, eco-toilet, and a large marble bath.
The bar, restaurant, library, and communal area building is open-plan. Between the Dunes Restaurant and the ocean is a 20-meter long lap pool with deck chairs and views over the Timor Sea.
The restaurant Dunes offers a casual dining experience featuring breakfast cooked to order, and a multi course degustation lunch and dinner menu teamed with a fine selection of Australian wines.
Not far up the river are the 350-million-year-old gorges, one of the main attractions of the Kimberley. The lodge also offers beach and bush 4WD excursions and guided walks. A range of trails and opportunities to explore the rich and diverse ecosystem-which includes saltwater crocs, sea turtles, soldier crabs, sharks, mangroves, and Aboriginal art-are all available. The Lodge also offers scenic flights over the Berkeley and King George Rivers in a luxurious Bell 407 helicopter.
The Lodge is only accessible by air and sea. 1hr flight from Kununara (KNX) by floatplane or helicopter. The closest town is Wyndham, Kimberley 150km south east from The Berkeley River Lodge. Scheduled transfers run every Monday and Thursday, other days can be arranged on a private charter basis. It takes between 3 and 4 hours to get to the Lodge from Wyndham by boat.
The dry season is the best time to travel to Kimberley, lasting from April/May until September/October. During this time there is beautiful weather in Darwin with clear blue skies, balmy nights and warm days. The wet season starts around October/November and initially brings hot and steamy weather with the occasional storm and short but intense rains. Most rain falls between January and March.