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| BNE March/April 2017

ESCAPE EXTRA

Explore the

WILDWEST

When El Questro station in Western Australia’s

remote Kimberley region, 3215km north of Perth,

opens in April, as it does every year after the

wet season, it will be celebrating 25 years as one

of Australia’s most spectacular outback visitor

destinations. However, back in 1991 it was a

run-down cattle station when it was discovered by

adventurous 20-somethings Will and Celia Burrell

who came upon it while camping and saw it as a

potential tourism attraction.

“When Celia and I discovered El Questro, it took

us four hours to drive from Kununurra to the station

township but the drive was well worth it. We were

simply gobsmacked by its beauty. Celia and I had this

vision to provide a destination for anyone who has a

sense of adventure while offering them the option of

comfort”, Will Burrell recalls.

El Questro Wilderness Park has since become a

luxurious oasis perched on a clifftop overlooking

the Chamberlain River and Gorge, 100km from the

nearest town in one of the country’s wildest and most

beautiful regions. Now owned by Delaware North

Australia Parks & Resorts, El Questro Station has

expanded. Three new world-class Cliffside Retreats

have been added and nearby Emma Gorge Resort has

safari-style tented cabin accommodation and is open

to day visitors.

El Questro has some special packages available

for bookings made until 21 October 2017 (The

Homestead and The Station close again for the wet

season 22 October 2017 while Emma Gorge closes on

30 September). For more information call 1800 837

168 or see

www.elquestro.com.au/stay/packages

CYCLE JAPAN’S

NORTHERN

FRONTIER

Hokkaido is considered Japan’s wild

frontier as the northern island is

renowned for its wildlife, volcanoes,

pristine lakes, vast forests and

ubiquitous hot springs (onsens).

SpiceRoads Cycle Tours has

introduced a new 14-day road bike

tour with just one departure in 2017

on 25 June, designed for adventurers

with moderate to high physical fitness

who don’t mind navigating the odd

mountain pass on the almost 800km

journey from Sapporo to Abashiri. The

route takes in just over 7000 metres of total

ascent as well as long distances on flatter terrain.

Highlights include the Mikuni Toge pass, Lake Saroma,

Wakka Wildflower Park, Shiretoko National Park, hot springs after each

day’s ride and dining on fresh seafood. See

www.spiceroads.com

Fly direct between Brisbane and Perth,

Western Australia with Qantas and Virgin

Australia

Sail a food and wine trail

Sunsail has added a more social element to bareboat sailing and combined it with

a fun way to experience the food and wine of Europe with its flotilla tours in

the Mediterranean. This year the Food and Wine Flotilla Tours explore Croatia

and the Dalmatian Coast on seven-day journeys in June and September that

include vineyard excursions, day trips to local villages and dinners with fellow

flotilla sailors. Sailing in a flotilla means there’s a lead crew to guide the course

and arrange local visits on a set itinerary as well as the company of like-minded

sailors to share the experience but there’s still plenty of opportunity for free

sailing between destinations and an end-of-week regatta. Prices start from $4510

per boat. Call 1800 803 988 or see

www.sunsail.com.au

Fly direct between Brisbane and Tokyo (Narita) daily

with Qantas for onward connections to Hokkaido