While many people think the Australian outback is a seemingly inhospitable landscape, there are some extraordinary oases in the middle of this rugged locations – rural properties that provide luxury accommodation for those who want to keep the comforts of city living, even in remote settings.
These four Outback stations creatures comforts such as air-conditioned rooms, internet, wet-edged pools and sundecks, fine cuisine and champagne, and stunning views so you can have the best of both worlds, not matter how far you are from home.
Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Arkaba Station is one of South Australia’s oldest pastoral properties, 430 kilometres (270 miles) north of Adelaide, South Australia’s capital city, and provides a taste of Outback life, cosy accommodation and warm hosts.
Activities at the station include learning about the workings of a sheep station, 4WD day trips, wildlife watching, bushwalking, walking safaris, mountain biking and more.
The original 1850s homestead has been renovated to provide guests with four modern air-conditioned bedrooms, private bathrooms, separate lounge and bar, plus a wet-edge pool. There is also a garden cottage, complete with en-suite bathroom.
Spicers Peak Lodge
Scenic Rim, Maryvale, Queensland
Spicers Peak Lodge is 160 kilometres (100 miles) south-west of Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland. This sophisticated getaway has a focus on fine dining and is located on a working cattle property in the stunning World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park.
The lodge is a grand mountain hideaway with only 10 suites and two private lodges. The property’s interior design features soaring ceilings, timber beams and floor-to-ceiling glass panels, providing vistas of green picture-book countryside. Bathrooms are stocked with L’Occitane bath products while spa rooms have circular spa baths with glass panels overhead.
Activities include long walks through the forest and pastures, mountain biking, tennis or a four-wheel-drive tour of the property and more. Dinner is a seven-course degustation menu served with different Australian wines to match each course.
Rawnsley Park Station eco villa
Rawnsley Park, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Rawnsley Park Station is 430 kilometres (270 miles) north of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. The station is a luxurious base from which to explore the Flinders Ranges with activities including scenic flights over the spectacular Wilpena Pound, mountain biking, balloon flights, nature walks, 4WD tours and sheep shearing demonstrations.
The six eco-villas have high ceilings and long verandahs. The concrete-slab floors and rendered straw bale walls keep the villas warm during cold South Australian nights and cool during hot summer days. Inside, the eco-villas have polished timber floorboards, whitewashed walls and contemporary furnishings in muted earthy tones. Bedrooms have crisp white bed linenand electronically controlled glass roof panels for stargazing in comfort.
The nearby Woolshed Restaurant delivers hearty Aussie meals such as warm kangaroo salad with spicy pepper and plum sauce.
Bullo River Station
Bullo River Station is a remote cattle station which resembles the landscape of the movie Australia and is located 800km (500 miles) southwest of Darwin.
Activities are tailor-made to include river cruises along the spectacular Bullo River Gorge, fishing in remote and secluded spots, Aboriginal rock art tours, birdwatching, cattle mustering and horseriding.
A unique experience is a helicopter flight to the Cascades to explore a beautiful series of deep pools and rock formations. Here you can eat South Australian lobster, drink champagne, swim in crystal-clear rockpools and sleep under the stars.
* This list first appeared on Australia.com
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