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Aussie traveller’s rush to see Emma Gorge in the Kimberley, WA before it shuts for dry season

Travellers are racing to see this incredible swimming ‘oasis’ surrounded by towering cliffs in the middle of the desert – but you better be quick if you want to visit

  • Adventurers are flocking to a magical oasis hidden in the middle of the desert
  • Emma Gorge is in El Questro National Park near Kununurra in Western Australia
  • The natural pool is encased by towering rock walls covered in creeping vines
  • Getting to the gorge is no easy feat as it lies at the end of a hike in remote WA 

Adventurers are braving a challenging hike through the desert to find an incredible swimming hole surrounded by towering rock walls covered in greenery. 

Emma Gorge sits in El Questro National Park near Kununurra in Western Australia’s spectacular Kimberley region. 

After a picturesque walk over the rugged terrain, visitors will be rewarded by the spectacular oasis and cooling pool of Emma Gorge thermal springs and waterfall. 

Travellers are rushing to see the spectacular Emma Gorge in the West Australian dessert before it closes to the public ahead of the summer wet season

Emma Gorge sits in El Questro National Park near Kununurra in Western Australia's incredible Kimberley region

Emma Gorge sits in El Questro National Park near Kununurra in Western Australia’s incredible Kimberley region

After a picturesque walk over the rugged terrain, visitors will be rewarded by the spectacular oasis and cooling pool of Emma Gorge thermal springs and waterfall

After a picturesque walk over the rugged terrain, visitors will be rewarded by the spectacular oasis and cooling pool of Emma Gorge thermal springs and waterfall

Incredible images of the magical pool encased by 65 metre-high cliff faces adorned with creeping vines have been flooding social media as travellers rush to see the gorge ahead of it closing at the end of dry season next month.  

While the stunning gorge is one of the Kimberley’s more accessible sights, it is no easy feat to get to. 

Kununurra is the closest town to the gorge and a three and a half hour flight from Perth.

From Kununurra, Emma Gorge is a 55 minute drive along the iconic Gibb River Road then an hour-long 3.4km hike from the carpark. 

From Kununurra, Emma Gorge is a 55 minute drive along the iconic Gibb River Road then an hour-long 3.4km hike from the carpark

From Kununurra, Emma Gorge is a 55 minute drive along the iconic Gibb River Road then an hour-long 3.4km hike from the carpark 

Along the scenic and serene trail before reaching Emma Gorge, hikers are rewarded with some relief as there is a turquoise natural pool perfect for taking a refreshing dip

Along the scenic and serene trail before reaching Emma Gorge, hikers are rewarded with some relief as there is a turquoise natural pool perfect for taking a refreshing dip

Emma Gorge's waters are not for the fainthearted and freezing col due to being shaded from the sun by the surrounding walls

There are some pleasant spots as the pool is partly fed via thermal springs however swimmers may have to shoo away some cane toads competing for the warmth

Emma Gorge’s waters are not for the fainthearted and freezing col due to being shaded from the sun by the surrounding walls

Along the scenic and serene trail before reaching Emma Gorge, hikers are rewarded with some relief as there is a turquoise natural pool perfect for taking a refreshing dip. 

Emma Gorge’s waters are not for the fainthearted and freezing col due to being shaded from the sun by the surrounding walls. 

There are some pleasant spots as the pool is partly fed via thermal springs however swimmers may have to shoo away some cane toads competing for the warmth.

To visit the gorge, a visitor’s permit is required which is priced at $22 per adult or $11 per child and allows access to all El Questro’s attractions for seven days. 

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