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The Last Frontier; Our Kimberleyland Story

Gregors Tree

 

“They both had that pioneering spirit. It’s up to us to finish what they started – what was cut short”

 

Hi, my name is Maria and my family own Kimberleyland. Let me share our story..

My family emigrated to Australia in 1981 when Kununurra was yet to mark the map, an outback town in Australia’s last frontier and a huge contrast to the comforts of European life.

I was born in Kununurra, the first Australian born in my family. It’s when I was branded with my eternal love for the Kimberley.

My Father, a migrant European farmer had partnered up with tourism pioneer Gregor McQuie to launch Kimberleyland. It was a bold venture, an exciting endeavour ahead of it’s time. 

 

Historic Kimberleyland
The last photo of Maria with Friedrich 

 

Then tragedy struck.

The dream and the vision was heartbreakingly cut short with the sudden and unexpected death of my father that very year. I was just one year old.

To the credit of my Mother, we remained in the Kimberley. The early years were tough.

There was a lot of hard work involved, lots of Kimberley grit and determination.

Eventually our family secured full ownership of the park and a new era began. Today our family carry on with my Father’s dreams, to finish what was started – what was cut short.  

Today we have a swag full of tourism awards and are the only 4.5-star park north of Perth on a prime piece of Kununurra waterfront.  

If you want to read more about my family's story, my Mother's story is a best selling book "A Diamond in the Dust"

Awards

 

When you arrive at Kimberleyland, you immediately become immersed in all things Kimberley – spectacular sunsets, the lily flower water garden, ancient red rocks, resident freshwater crocodiles, abundant birdlife and of course, boab trees.

The rolling green grass of the foreshore draws a crowd of happy campers at sunset. Cheese platters are generously shared around, wine glasses clink and beer cans fizz open, toasting to newfound friends.

The Kimberleyland Effect

 

This is when the Kimberleyland effect takes over. Then you know and never forget.

Famous for their pancake breakfasts, spud nights and welcoming hospitality are managers Dean and Melissa. When I first met Dean and said I was from Kununurra, his tough Queensland demeanour wobbled as he choked up talking about his own connection to the East Kimberley. You may spot Melissa donning her St Johns Volunteer Ambulance uniform between greeting guests or their daughters blending frozen mango smoothies in the onsite café on weekends.

We understand the Kimberley is remote – you’ve taken a long time to get here, perhaps years of planning and thousands of kilometres travelled. We feel honoured that you’ve chosen us to host you and proud to share our backyard with you. We commit to making your Kununurra touring and launch pad to the Bungles, the Gibb and beyond all that you can imagine and more. Welcome to Kimberleyland Waterfront Holiday Park, let’s take you on a tour of our park or start your research on what there is to do in and around Kununurra – you’ve found the place where your Kimberley Memories begin.

 

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