Celebrity dining in the Kimberley – Australia’s last frontier

Monday, 14th October 2019

Liz Lunnon

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Dine in the Outback

Often bypassed by the everyday traveller in favour of Perth or the east coast, the Kimberley region is still relatively unknown, even by many Australians. Celebrity chef John Torode is on a mission to change that. Find out why he’ll be cooking for guests at the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge — and how you could be one of them.

There aren’t many places left in the world like Western Australia’s Kimberley region.  Billed as one of the world’s last wilderness frontiers, it’s home to just 40,000 people and a single sealed road – which, in a place three times the size of England, is almost incomprehensible.

What it lacks in opera houses and surfers it makes up for in truly unique experiences. A visit to the region could see you swimming in waterfalls in the middle of the bush without another person in sight; star gazing with no light pollution; or flying in a helicopter to take in the undulating landscape, a mixture of endless coastline, beaches, outback and waterfalls.

You could even find yourself dining on a meal cooked by celebrity chef John Torode. The self-proclaimed proud Aussie, who was born in Melbourne, is taking up residency at the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge in May 2020 for one week only.

Guests will feast on Torode’s carefully designed Kimberley menu during their stay at the lodge, ideally located in the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. The food will be inspired by the time he spent in the region earlier this year, full of local and seasonal produce like barramundi fish and Australian bread called damper and paired with world-famous Margaret River wines.

It’s all part of Torode’s work as an ambassador promoting the Kimberley to holiday makers. “I want the unknown, undiscovered by the everyday traveller opened up to the world”, he told Travel Weekly.  “So when people come back from this remarkable island there are stories of not just opera houses, but of wildlife – dolphins and dugongs, turtles and sharks – and of seeing stars without any light pollution.

“And cruising to remote coastal areas to see ancient indigenous rock art dating back 20,000 years.”

After dining alfresco amongst breath-taking views, guests will have the opportunity to relax around a campfire under the stars and chat with Torode before returning to comfortable tented cabins, each with an en suite bathroom and private deck. Just when we thought trips to the Kimberley couldn’t get any more unique.

Spotlight on: Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge

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A secluded retreat in the heart of World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park, Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge offers a prime location for exploring this spectacular region. With natural wonders and breathtaking views, discover the famous strange, striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range, Piccaninny Creek, Echidna Chasm and the impressive natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. Accommodation at the lodge is in comfortable tented cabins, each with an en suite bathroom and private deck, the perfect place to watch the local bird life and soak up the atmosphere of the Australian outback.


Fancy joining them?

Book a spot on our 14-night Kimberley Complete group adventure to bag yourself a place at John Torode’s Bungle Bungle restaurant.

  • Departures: 30 April; 2, 3, & 4 May 2020
  • Price: from £5,795 per person

Our team of Australia Specialists are on hand to help you plan your trip or answer any questions – just drop us a line.

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