Australia's outback is not just a vast expanse of wilderness, but a picturesque canvas for some of the most stylish and unique accommodations the country has to offer. From exceptional hospitality to show-stopping situs, these far-flung retreats provide an unparalleled travel experience, making them must-visit destinations for those seeking to venture off the beaten path in style.
Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, SA
When local pastoralists and cattle farmers Ross and Jane Fargher bought their ‘local’ in 1991, it’s unlikely they could’ve known what an iconic outback oasis it would become. Perched in the scenic Flinders Ranges, the sweet Prairie Hotel is a blend of the rustic and the contemporary. Famous for its ‘feral food’ menu spanning camel sausage rolls to kangaroo schnitzel, it offers a taste of the outback with a twist of sophistication, allowing guests to dine under the stars in a lap of luxury.
Longitude 131°, Uluru, NT
Boasting elegant tented pavilions and second-to-none views of one of Australia’s most well-known and historic landmarks, Longitude 131° is quite simply the most luxurious way to experience the magic and majesty that is Uluru. Not only is it an eco-conscious and romantic refuge backdropped by the iconic natural wonder, it also blends impeccable service with cultural sensitivity, and offers a range of bespoke experiences for a truly once-in-a-lifetime visit.
Bullo River Station, Timber Creek, NT
Part working cattle station, part all-inclusive boutique hideaway, Bullo River Station offers an unmatched experience for guests wanting to get a taste of authentic station life without sacrificing their creature comforts. When the day of cattle mustering, fishing, horse riding, helicopter touring, and Aboriginal rock art appreciating is done, come home to one of twelve inviting guest rooms set around a palm-fringed pool for a spot of luxurious respite.
El Questro Homestead, The Kimberley, WA
In the heart of the Kimberley, El Questro Homestead is an exclusive retreat positioned in arguably one of the most picturesque settings anywhere in the country. Set atop a cliff overlooking the Chamberlain River, and surrounded by frangipanni trees, dramatic rock formations, and native wildlife, El Questro offers a clever mix of natural beauty and faultless service including locally sourced three-course dinners and complimentary excursions for a fully immersive experience.
Love Cabins, Blue Mountains, NSW
Nestled in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, Love Cabins offer a range of unique treehouses, yurts, and cave-style accommodations unlike any other. It's an enchanting spot for those looking to disconnect and immerse in nature, and luxury add-ons like spa treatments and organic farm tours elevate the experience even further.
Gilberton Outback Retreat, QLD
Gilberton Outback Retreat provides a luxury experience that remains down-to-earth. Situated on a seventh generation working cattle station in the stunning far north Queensland goldfields, Gilberton’s guests can enjoy bespoke, all-inclusive service with the opportunity to explore the rugged landscape or simply relax in their private hut overlooking the river. Do a little or do a lot… you choose!
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