Accommodation - Catering - Water - Library - Medical Services - Communications - Energy
Accommodation options available for use for KMRS visitors include:
• KMRS canvas researchers tents
3 large semi-permanent canvas safari tents, established specifically for use by KMRS teams. These tents are set amongst remnant rainforest, slightly distanced from tehmain tourism accommodation area, located a short walk one minute from the communal living facilities described above. Constructed in 2013, the 3 tents create a tranquil, secluded living environment with ample space for gear and outdoor living areas.
• Diver’s Quarters
Fully self-contained, air-conditioned 5 bedroom cottage, sleeps up to 10 people with own bathroom and laundry facilities.
Constructed in the 1970's out of sandbag bricks made on-site, the Diver's Quarters housed the farm's first lugger crews. Diver's is located close to the tidal creek where the original pearl lugger, The Bonza, used to moor.
• Skippers Cottage
Fully self-contained, air-conditioned 1 bedroom cottage, sleeps 2-4 people with own bathroom and laundry facilities.
With a beautiful outlook, Skipper's is located closest to the tidal creek where the original pearl lugger, The Bonza, used to moor.
• Stone House
Fully self-contained, air-conditioned 2 bedroom cottage, sleeps 4 people comfortably (6 if necessary) with own bathroom and laundry facilities.
Stone House was built by one of the first Australian divers at Cygnet Bay. He was determined to provide his wife and children with a house instead of a tent or hut so at the end of each day's work he would set down a few more stones, building the Stone House entirely with his own hands.
• Safari Style Eco-Tents
8 boutique semi-permanent canvas eco-tents, each sleeps 2 people comfortably (4 if necessary) with communal kitchen, living and ablutions facilities. Constructed in 2011, 4 tents are located in tranquil remnant rainforest while the other 4 are located on the bay with ocean views.
For those teams utilising the KMRS catering options, meals are provided in the mess hall in main camp. Otherwise, kitchen and household essentials are provided for teams cooking for themselves. All accommodation options include bedding, bath towels and basic linen. All accommodation is serviced regularly and has access to laundry and bathroom facilities including toilets, solar hot water showers and washing machines.
Availability of accommodation in particular can be limited at busy times of the year so please remember to make bookings with as much prior notice as possible.
The mess hall is available for delicious healthy catered meals upon prior arrangement. Meals are served twice daily with breakfast and dinner in the mess hall and packed lunches made at breakfast. Please ensure that you have notified KMRS of any special dietary requirements prior to your trip.
Originally built as a school, the mess hall was constructed in 1980. It operated as a fully functional school until 1994 when converted to living quarters then to the mess hall in 2006.
The Cygnet Bay Restuarant is open during the dry season specialising in a range of delicious chef prepared meals. For more information, please see our Cygnet Bay Pearls website http://www.cygnetbaypearlfarm.com.au/
All tap water at KMRS comes from freshwater wells and bores and is safe to drink.
A very limited range of related material is available for KMRS. As we are building upon this library at present, it is highly recommended that visitors to KMRS bring any literature and books required with them. Please contact KMRS to check what literature how useful our current range of literature could be to your stay in the field.
Medical Services available to KMRS visitors are of an exceptional standard. The community at nearby One Arm Point, 10km by road from KMRS, has two permanent nurses well equipped to deal with most minor medical issues. The Royal Flying Doctor Service also runs a weekly clinic in the area. In the case of an emergency, the RFDS can be contacted for rapid response and direct transportation to Broome Hospital.
As Cygnet Bay is a remote location, we do ask that visiting researchers please carefully consider their health and medication needs in advance of any visits and bring any medications that may be required with them.
PHONE & FAX
There is Telstra NextG mobile network coverage to most parts of the KMRS site, however, service is limited in surrounding areas and further afield. Further phone and fax communications are available through the KMRS Office during office hours Monday to Friday.
Internet access using Telstra NextG wireless Broadband works throughout KMRS although service can be pathcy in areas. It is recommended that any visitors to KMRS bring with them a Telstra NextG Broadband USB Mobile Broadband device available from Telstra shops.
Cygnet Bay Pearls is self-sufficient and operates on a solar hybrid power system with solar panels located throughout the property alongside a series of windmills (assisted by diesel bores when required) that pump water to the station. In order to reduce associated diesel burn, we ask that all visitors please be mindful and take measures to minimise usage accordingly. Likewise, there is little artificial lighting at KMRS at night and we ask that all teams please ensure they bring torches with them.