June 16, 2013

Berkeley River Lodge Ext#D4

Western Australia’s Kimberley region is one of the most remote areas of Australia and one of the last true wilderness areas to be experienced. It offers a mix of pristine white sandy beaches, towering gorges, reefs rich with marine life, mangrove lined estuaries and of course sensational fishing.

For those who love fishing, but don’t want to rough it, the Berkeley River Lodge provides the ultimate stylish destination, which lets you to leave the stresses of city life behind.  After fishing the surrounding remote waters, including the Berkeley River, neighbouring creeks and systems, coastal mangroves and the Timor Sea, guests can relax in an ocean view villa atop the coastal dunes.

Even though the region is home to over 50 species of regularly caught fish, the barramundi still remains most people’s favourite target species.

FISHINGThere are no set rules for optimal barramundi fishing times, but generally the build up to the wet season and the run-off after the wet are the two best times.  It’s hard to predict when the wet starts and finishes, as it’s all weather dependent.

Amongst the large variety of inhabitants in these waters are the Mangrove Jack, Threadfin Salmon and others.  Spanish Mackerel, Fingermark, Giant Trevally, Golden Trevally, Cobia, Queenfish, Tuna, Shark, Snapper, Emperor Code, and Coral Trout are commonly landed around inshore reefs and beaches.

Berkeley River Lodge has a package offering 4 Anglers,
4 Nights Accommodation and
4 Days Fishing for
4 Hours Per Day in their purpose built fishing vessel.  Fishing tackle and equipment is provided by the Lodge, plus a light snack or meal is also provided, depending on fishing times.

Shore based fishing is available at all other times for no additional charge and includes ocean and river fishing.  Fishing times are dependent upon weather and tides.

Currently, fishing is conducted on a ‘catch and release’ policy.

The Berkeley River Lodge has been awarded the prestigious Western Australian tourism award in the category of New Tourism Development.  Positioned along a 65 metre high dune, the Lodge’s twenty luxury air-conditioned villas are perfectly located to offer guests commanding 180 degree views of Joseph Bonaparte Gulf to Reveley Island, or from the mouth of the Berkeley River to the rugged red gorges beyond.  It’s only a short stroll from the villas to the Main Lodge, where you can dine on the freshest local produce or exercise in the 20 metre lap pool.

Getting to the Berkeley River Lodge is part of the wilderness adventure, as it is only accessible by air or sea.  Whilst staying there, you can explore the rugged river gorges, enjoy swimming at secluded white sand beaches as well as swim in crystal clear pools beneath waterfalls.

Sandra Tiltman 



December 31, 2011
Please remove your shoes was the request by crew to media and travel industry guests on coming aboard True North which was berthed at Sydney’s White Bay.  We had been invited to enjoy some Kimberley hospitality, the region where 25 years ago, True North pioneered adventure cruising.  Going shoeless is a unique feature of life aboard this vessel, don’t really understand why, as I like to protect my feet.  I am sure my Podiatrist would agree.
The very young and enthusiastic crew served canapes and oysters done a variety of ways, along with wine and beer in the main lounge.  The Chef certainly excelled himself with the sampling offered.  We were taken on a tour to view the three styles of  cabins, all offering  L’Occitane products in their large bathrooms.  The dining room had several long tables, no chance for an intimate twosome here.  There was not much outdoor deck space, but smoking was allowed on the rear deck where the small adventure boats were kept. They did not bring the helicopter with them on the
Sydney visit, but it is always on board for the sailings in the Kimberley.
Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa also partnered in hosting the event.  Having recently spent two nights at this resort, I would say that no visit to the Kimberley region is complete without a drink at their Sunset Bar where you can watch the nightly procession of camels along Cable Beach and of course see the sun go down.

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