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Diamond Coast, Drysdale River, Western Australia 6743 Australia
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Remote wilderness property on the Timor Sea. Fly in / fly out only, no road access. Unique open air lodge and cabins - an outback experience with comfort. Daily Tours - King George Falls, Billabongs, Fishing, Rock Art, Nature Tours - all included in Day Rate. Unique Australian Outback experience.
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Golf course
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Diamond Coast, Drysdale River, Western Australia 6743 Australia
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Jill H wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia287 contributions100 helpful votes
This was our second visit to this amazing destination - we had been there in the dry and it was a special experience to be there in the wet. The accommodation is now ensuite, reasonably basic but very comfortable, but oh so special in its remoteness and vista.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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chrismcl wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom151 contributions163 helpful votes
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This is a difficult review to write. I wondered whether I should post it at all. I flipped a coin between three stars and four. There are two things to deeply appreciate about Faraway Bay. One is the remoteness. You are paying top dollar for lots of people NOT to be there and to have a hosted wilderness experience: just the host and a few others. The other thing to appreciate is just how much perseverance and planning is needed to keep this place going as a small owner operator lodge. I sense a massive wave of corporate consolidation sweeping over Australian wilderness adventures. Those Outback Spirit trips are changing things and not for the better in my mind. So Faraway Bay gets four stars for the remoteness and the the sheer grit of the owner operators for keeping things running through cyclones, fires and droughts. It's a miracle to get sophisticated meals with good wine every evening. The excellent planning also shows through in the Resort's eye for detail in terms of arranging flights and very clear joining instructions in terms of what to bring. I would have left my reef shoes at home otherwise! There are other factors however that act to limit what could be a truly memorable stay. I believe that there are at least three key roles in running a camp like this: The Host (putting guests at ease, explaining choices and options), The Guide (high energy, enthusiasm, with deep knowledge that is graciously and easily shared) and The Chef (formal training plus high adaptability to bush conditions). These roles require different skills and strengths. It's usually different people who do these jobs. In Faraway Bay there is one person doing all the work and in my perception things get stretched. It's understandable when labour costs are sky high. It is also likely that this individual will get tired and look forward to the end of the season. There are other implications. Almost all activity will be in the morning, as the Guide needs to be the Chef for lunch and the evening meal. It's extra hard if different clients want to do different things in the morning. What I missed at Faraway was someone who had a really deep infectious love of the environment, the archaeology and the flora and fauna. Maybe as a guest I can be grumpy on some days and it is good if someone can cheer me up. If the host/guide/chef is silent and distracted, it's hard to know what to do. Maybe Faraway Bay is reaching a point in it's life cycle when it needs a rethink and refresh. What might have won a strong following and rave reviews in 1999 may need to be rethought in 2019. The tents are comfortable but small. Really spacious walk in tents that survive extreme weather events have arrived in Africa, Canada, the Galapagos and the Mongolian Steppe. Maybe it's time to have a look at what's possible. The keynote day trip to see the King George Falls is a little flat when the Falls are dry as a bone. This is no ones fault of course, it's in the gift of mother nature. In their full wet season pomp, these Falls are probably in Australia's top ten natural wonders. In the Dry, it's a very modest salt water version of Katherine Gorge. It's not really worth the trip. Maybe in the Dry it might be good to imagine other alternative excursions? Picnics on desert islands? Thinking how to better explain and explore the scenic and archaeological wonders of the Lost City? Perhaps my favourite moment was a late afternoon scramble with my daughter up Champagne Rock, a short walk from the camp. The sun turned the rock formations bright gold and the views of the coast got better and better as we climbed higher. Maybe at some time in the Camp's past this was a location for sundowners in the safari tradition, hence the name. A shattered panel of rock art decorated the back of a shallow cave at the top. The magic of this place was tangible and I was glad to have made the trip. Perhaps I am truly spoilt. I have been doing a trip of a lifetime every year for most of my lifetime, so maybe it's getting harder over the years for a location to truly differentiate and impress. I do wonder if Faraway Bay could benefit from a refresh and a few more hands on the deck.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from Faraway Bay R, Owner at Faraway Bay
Responded 25 Nov 2019
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Always appreciate constructive criticism and open to suggestions for improvement taken on board. Unfortunately the King George Falls at this of the dry season (August) and after our worst ever Wet Season did not have any water flowing. Even without the water most guests enjoy the boat trip along the coast and then up the King George River. The cabins (not tents) are room only but comfortable providing air conditioning, tea/coffee facilities and ensuite. Designed to blend into the environment with minimal impact. We are glad you found parts enjoyable and got to visit/see some remote rock art sites. Once again thank you for taking the time to review.
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sancrox24 wrote a review Jul 2019
Sancrox, Australia9 contributions20 helpful votes
Very isolated but relaxing. Kevin and the team made our stay very enjoyable. Treated us all to a “Kimberley Shower” at the falls. And if you don’t know what that is you will have to go there. Food was excellent. The cabins have been there for I suppose 25 years and very rustic - but this is the charm of the place. The plane that brought us in also delivered a keg of beer as apparently supplies were running low and there may have been murmurings of muting in the ranks but all was saved. A fun experience.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Response from Faraway Bay R, Owner at Faraway Bay
Responded 15 Jul 2019
Thank you for your comments, good to hear you enjoyed yourselves, The Wet Season was a bit dismal, but you got to have a "Kimberley Shower" so that was great, Well done in helping avoid a mutiny :) - the experience starts from the flight out - as you say with supplies, kegs etc all part of it - pretty unique operation.
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sydneysider48 wrote a review Jun 2019
Sydney, Australia827 contributions312 helpful votes
Faraway Bay is unique! To find such quality accommodation and food in such a remote and beautiful place is a treat! Although quite basic, the cabins are definitely most adequate and comfortable and the outdoor showers are a delightful experience. The common area and swimming pool are suitably rustic and pleasant. The food was simply sensational, although there was far too much of it, with huge entrees, mains and then desserts which could have been reduced somewhat in size and still have been very generous. Of course, we did not have to eat everything placed before us, and it seems strange to comment on too much food, but with the remoteness of this place and everything having to be flown in the serving sizes seemed somewhat extravagant. The very competent owner and chef, Kev, was very hospitable, with a great personality and a dry wit and the other young staff were quite delightful and attentive, with nothing too much trouble. Kev took us on a great excursion to King George Falls, with spectacular coastal and gorge scenery on the way. The seas were quite rough with waves breaking over the very stable boat and thoroughly wetting us all and although Kev was clearly a very competent skipper, we did feel that the life jackets which were stored forward in a hold should have been issued for caution and safety. We were also a little concerned that Kev sent a group of us fishing in the creek. He had mentioned in passing that there was resident crocodile, Molly, but gave no particular warning to we fishermen. We saw no sign of Molly on our trip but on returning the next afternoon, lying on the beach close to the entrance to the creek where we had fished the previous day was Molly, which was absolutely HUGE!!!!! We wondered about the wisdom of allowing guests to fish unescorted in the vicinity of such a huge crocodile, which we estimated was 4 - 5 metres long. These criticisms are intended to be constructive comments which could improve the Faraway Bay experience, but our time at Faraway Bay was superb and unforgettable and we would unreservedly recommend this wonderful place to anyone who wishes to see a unique and remote part of Australia in comfort.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Response from Faraway Bay R, Owner at Faraway Bay
Responded 16 Jun 2019
Many thanks for your comments. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Faraway Bay and enjoyed what it all has to offer. Have passed on your concern in regard to life jackets. These are on board as per license and issued/ worn when needed or if people choose to. Kevin is fully qualified and has over 40 years experience and safety is strictly adhered to. Spray jackets available on board as well as there are times when the spray does comes over. Will ensure all guests are aware and issue as required. Have also noted in regard to the fishing at the creek for future reference. Always appreciate comments / feedback and constructive criticism. As it is a way to address any concerns and ensure that everyone has the best possible stay when at Faraway Bay, so we thank you for taking the time to put forward your thoughts. Thank you again, and we hope you had a good trip home. Kind Regards
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AdelNoel wrote a review Mar 2019
Adelaide6 contributions1 helpful vote
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Faraway Bay. Despite this season being a ‘dry-wet’ you promised us a spectacular day when you took us in the boat to visit King George Falls. It certainly was a spectacular day, beautiful coastal scenery snd even the waterfall was pretty good, enhancing our experiences with the Kimberley Shower - not to be missed! In particular I wanted to also add our appreciation of great cooking skills of Kevin, the Manager, resulting in great food experiences at all times. Also the hospitality was amazing with aupport staff doing absolutely everything possible to ensure we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at Faraway Bay. Thanks to you all for the memories.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Response from Faraway Bay R, Owner at Faraway Bay
Responded 9 Mar 2019
We are so glad you enjoyed your "Wet Season" stay with us, and got to experience "the Kimberley Shower". Our aim to provide the best experience possible, so nice to hear we did that. Hope the rest of your Kimberley holiday was memorable as well. Many thanks for sharing.
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What are some of the property amenities at Faraway Bay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Faraway Bay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Faraway Bay?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Faraway Bay have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Faraway Bay offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.