Untamed Outback Meets Modern Luxury at Mt Mulligan Lodge

Explore the wild and rugged back-country of far North Queensland.

By Terry Christodoulou 12/05/2019

If “getting away from it all” means enjoying your luxuries away from everyone else, you’ll be drawn to Mt Mulligan Lodge in the upper reaches of remote North Queensland. The luxury outback lodge is located on a secluded, entirely private 28,000-hectare heritage site, offering exclusive boutique accommodation.

Guests staying at Mt Mulligan Lodge will be able to experience the spirit of the North Queensland back-country, a captivating landscape with indigenous significance dating back 37,000 years. Chris Morris of Northern Escape Collection, owner of the new resort, says “Mt Mulligan Lodge was the missing link for the Northern Escape Collection. Our guests can now experience Queensland’s iconic reef, ancient rainforest and rugged outback in one seamless journey.”

The conglomerate and sandstone tabletop mountain dominates the landscape with a spectacular 18-kilometre escarpment that towers over the surrounding Australian eucalyptus woodlands. The lodge lies beneath with views overlooking a weir and is an all-inclusive luxury property, accessible via 35-minute scenic helicopter or a 2.5-hour 4WD adventure from Cairns.

The lodge accommodates only 16 guests, with each room beautifully appointed and assigned its own electric buggy for exploring the sprawling property. The lodge includes an infinity pool, sunset bar and main pavilion where guests can enjoy meals showcasing locally sourced, caught and freshly grown produce, with dishes including kangaroo tataki, miso cream, tea-soaked egg and wasabi granola, and hearty mains such as grass-fed Bushy Creek beef. The wine list complements the produce, making the most of Australia’s renowned wine regions.

Adventure beckons with Mt Mulligan Lodge offering a range of experiences to make the most of the landscape. From riding ATVs to chef-prepared gourmet picnic hampers, wildlife spotting, sunset drinks over the escarpment, hikes around the southern face of the mountain, barramundi fishing in the weir and scenic helicopter flights, there are plenty of ways to explore the surrounds.

Conservation is at the heart of Mt Mulligans Lodge’s philosophy, with solar power and 100 per cent recycled water as well as ingredients sourced from local producers and sustainable farms. Fifty dollars per guest is donated to the Northern Escape Collection’s Reef Keepers Fund, protecting and preserving the Great Barrier Reef.

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