This truly unique and multi-award-winning wilderness retreat is owned and operated by hosts Kevin and Kathie Reilly. They fell in love with Faraway Bay the moment they set eyes on it, like so many do. They operate it as their own family business and everyone that visits becomes part of their Faraway Bay Family.
They divide their time between Perth and Faraway Bay. Kevin spending the majority of the time at Faraway Bay during the season, with Kathie going between Perth and Faraway Bay. They have two sons, their eldest works in Perth and their youngest is in high school and heads up during school holidays.
They acquired the property in 2011 from pioneering hosts Bruce and Robyn Ellison, bringing their passion for the ocean and the Aussie outback to Faraway Bay. They want to share the uniqueness of what they think is the most amazing place in Australia. They have kept it small and exclusive in numbers which enables guests to experience that personal touch, tours are designed around guests interests staying at the time, so every day is different. Meal time is a ‘Family affair’ everyone seated around the one long table, guests and staff all together discussing the days adventures, old school communication – talking at the end of the day, sharing stories with lots of laughter – this they believe adds to the magical experience. In this modern,busy, hectic life that we all lead, taking time out to breathe, relax and just enjoy good company in pristine surroundings is the perfect holiday.
Eco Retreat Pioneers
The stunning Faraway Bay site was discovered in 1986 by former owner Bruce Ellison. He secured a rare lease over 28 hectares of dramatic coastline, with a vision to create an isolated and unrivalled luxury bush camp.
The site chosen was a protected rocky outcrop, with outstanding views of the Timor Sea and close to Western Australia’s most iconic and awesome waterfalls – the King George Falls.
Bruce and his wife Robyn named their bay, ‘Faraway Bay’ and in 1996, opened ‘Faraway Bay – The Bush Camp’.
The Ellisons helped the Reillys settle in to the Faraway Bay way of life initially and are now enjoying their well earned retirement.
Faraway Bay has a rich history with many great Aussie tales to tell.
The camp itself was built mostly from local materials, including massive pylons that once supported the Wyndham Wharf (180kms away) and original telegraph poles from Halls Creek (300kms away).
After years of sharing this authentic outback experience with guests, the camp suffered a major blow in March 2005. With only few weeks to go until the season opening, Cyclone Ingrid’s 280km/hr winds directly hit and devastated the camp. Two staff braved the storm and sheltered in a storage unit, which had been chained and concreted in place, but sadly the cabins of Faraway Bay were destroyed.
In true Aussie spirit and with bush determination, passionate past guests and Kununurra residents volunteered to help reconstruct the camp. Labouring in over 40°C heat, it was rebuilt in just one month, opening improved and refreshed for guests in April 2005.
Today, our guests enjoy the fruits of that labour of love.