The romantic scenery, the laid-back atmosphere, the incredible wildlife – there's something undeniably special about discovering Australia's rugged outback. And now the idea of escaping for a short break amongst the gumtrees is all the more tempting, with a lavish new hideaway opening in Far North Queensland. Situated on a secluded, entirely private 28,000-hectare heritage site and working cattle station, Mt Mulligan Lodge has just opened its doors. Time to pack your Akubras, travellers!
Inviting couples to experience the spirit of the North Queensland back-country, the new boutique retreat brings together captivating landscapes, sensational culture and sumptuous accommodation. With breathtaking views of nearby Mt Mulligan and a sparkling weir, the all-inclusive lodge accommodates just 16 guests at any one time, ensuring a blissfully private getaway.
With three different room types, Mt Mulligan Lodge also boasts a beautifully designed main dining and relaxation pavilion, a stylish infinity pool and a sunset bar. An electric buggy is also assigned to each room, allowing guests to get out and explore the stunning property.
Sure to make for an unforgettable stay, an array of exciting activities are on offer for guests. Expect magical experiences like enjoying a chef-prepared gourmet picnic, ATV-rides through the countryside, hiking, joining a guided tour of the nearby goldfields, wildlife-spotting, stargazing, barramundi-fishing and scenic helicopter flights. Guests can also experience the day-to-day operations of a working cattle station – do not miss.
Completing the idyll, Mt Mulligan Lodge offers a daily-changing menu that showcases the region's best locally sourced and seasonal fare. Mixing contemporary techniques with outback flavours, it includes dishes like kangaroo tataki with miso cream, tea-soaked egg and wasabi granola, and grass-fed Bushy Creek beef with charred peppers, manzanilla olive, lemon myrtle and smoked chimichurri.
With a focus on preserving its spectacular surrounds, the lodge runs on solar power and 100% recycled water, and sources its ingredients from local producers and sustainable farms. AUD$50 per guest is also donated to the Northern Escape Collection's Reef Keepers Fund which aims to protect and preserve Queensland's Great Barrier Reef.
Accessible via a 35-minute helicopter flight or 2.5-hour 4WD drive from Cairns, Mt Mulligan Lodge is perfect for honeymooners and couples seeking a romantic escape. To find out more or to book, visit the lodge's website here.