The untamed Australian outback is on the bucket list of many, and now you can see it in style.
Have you always wanted to experience the outback, but can't give up your creature comforts when it comes to selecting accommodation? Now that the Northern Escape Collection has expanded with the recent opening of Mt Mulligan Lodge in far north Queensland, you may just be able to start planning that outback holiday.
The lodge is housed on a secluded, private 28,000-hectare heritage site and offers guests the chance to immerse themselves in the Northern Queensland back-country, with a back drop of Mt Mulligan. The lodge itself is steeped in history having been active in the gold and coal rushes and is currently a working cattle station.
When guests stay at the lodge everything is inclusive and due to it's remoteness, it is only accessible by a 35-minute scenic helicopter ride or a 2.5 hour 4WD adventure from Cairns. Adding to the feeling of getting away from it all, the lodge only hosts up to 16 guests at any time with three different room types. As a bonus, each room has an assigned golf buggy so you can explore the surrounds with ease.
What to do
While you're there, you can of course relax by the pool and enjoy some sundowners, but there are also some great activities on offer that highlight the stunning surrounds. Take a guided tour of the goldfields, explore the historic Mt Mulligan coal mine and abondoned township, hikes, wildlife spotting and much more.
What to eat
The included menu changes daily, but expect an abundance of local produce and seasonal fare. But expect tasty dishes such as: kangaroo tataki, miso cream, tea-soaked egg, wasabi granola, and hearty mains such as grass-fed Bushy Creek beef, charred peppers, manzanilla olive, lemon myrtle, smoked chimichurri all paired with boutique Australian wines.
Keeping it green
There's also a focus on conservation at Mt Mulligan Lodge. Completely run on solar power and 100 per cent recycled water, the lodge also sources food items from local producers and sustainable farms. Also, for every guest that stays, $50 is donated to the Northern Escape Collection's Reef Keepers Fund, aimed at protecting and preserving the Great Barrier Reef.
For more information visit Mt Mulligan.