Faraway Bay

Faraway Bay

Faraway Bay is an inviting haven, nestled on a rocky hilltop overlooking the turquoise Timor Sea. Our location, 280kms northwest of Kununurra. It  is in the remote and spellbinding Kimberley Coastal  region of Western Australia.  Offering one of the most authentic  and unique experiences at a Kimberley Coastal Camp.  Faraway Bay is not just another resort in a remote location it is  a Unique Wilderness Retreat built on character, local Kimberley history and true outback style.  You will experience nothing like it anywhere else!

It  is because of this that Faraway Bay offers a  true authentic Kimberley experience.  Limited to small and exclusive numbers, Faraway Bay provides the ultimate setting and service so that  everyone who stays at Faraway Bay has their own ultimate experience – a trip of a life time!

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. They operate it as their own family business and everyone that visits becomes part of their Faraway Bay Family.

They divide their time between Perth and Faraway Bay. Kevin spending the majority of the time at Faraway Bay during the season, with Kathie going between Perth and Faraway Bay.

They acquired the property in 2011 from pioneering hosts Bruce and Robyn Ellison.  Bringing their passion for the ocean and the Aussie outback to Faraway Bay. They want to share the uniqueness of 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 guests interests 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 days 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 unrivalled 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.

Bruce and his wife Robyn named their bay, ‘Faraway Bay’ and in 1996, opened ‘Faraway Bay – The Bush Camp’.

The Ellisons helped the Reillys settle in to the Faraway Bay way of  life initially and are now enjoying their well earned retirement.

Aussie Spirit

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  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 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.

Accommodation

Our accommodation includes eight spacious, elevated cabins scattered amongst natural Australian bushland. Each offers complete privacy and 180-degree views of the spectacular cliff-lined bay.

Our private outdoor showers with views over the ocean are an experience you’ll never forget!

Faraway Bay provides a truly remote wilderness experience with all the extras to enjoy in comfort and style. And while the wildlife is prolific, the neighbours are not. With a maximum of just 16 guests at any time, your privacy is ensured.

Wake up in the morning to the gentle sound of the water lapping on the shore in the Bay below, the birds serenading you – calling you to wake up and see the new day!

Getting There

From Kununurra, you’ll board a local chartered light aircraft for your flight to Faraway Bay – this is included in your package and fully arranged on your behalf.

The breathtaking 70-minute flight puts Faraway Bay’s unique and remote location into awesome perspective.

Explore over 280kms of raw Kimberley wilderness, including the mighty Ord River  and Berkeley River, mangroves and expansive rugged coastline. From 500 feet, spot dugongs, sea turtles, sharks and massive saltwater crocodiles.

Included in this is also a scenic flight over the  Spectacular Iconic King George Falls.

When to Visit

March and April is the best time to see the famous Kimberley waterfalls flowing in full force – including the renowned King George Falls, a trip that is inclusive for every guest at Faraway Bay. March is still classified Wet Season and April can still have rain. So if you want to experience the Wet Season in the Kimberley March is the perfect time. The Kimberley climate is the perfect escape from the cold in Winter.

From April to September, the weather is perfect. Daily temperatures average 30°C, with blue skies and cooler evenings. Temperature in March and October generally rise and  rain is a possibility.

March – April  is the ultimate time  for Barramundi  fishing, as it is end of the Wet Season, but can still be caught during the rest of the season.

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