Hotels & Resorts

3 Adventures Off the Australian Grid

These three off the grid stays are the perfect base for experiencing wildlife and the beaten landscape in the Australian outback.

Courtesy of Arkaba Conservancy.

By Chloe Sachdev

Aug 11, 2020

Bullo River Station

This all-inclusive 200-hectare station and homestead in the Northern Territory is the place for guests that want to experience life on a working cattle station. Home to 4,000 cattle and a variety of local fauna—wallabies, dingoes and crocodiles—here guests can mix day-to-day cattle work with explorations across the station. There is also a pool, and more relaxing activities on offer like picnics, fishing, treks and scenic helicopter flights.

Fly to Darwin then take a domestic flight to Kununurra. From Kununurra you can choose to rent a 4WD vehicle and self-drive the three hours to the station, or arrange a charter plane or helicopter for a direct transfer.

bulloriver.com.au; from A$1,200 per person per night.

Arkaba Conservancy

Having destocked 10 years ago from outback sheep station to private wildlife conservancy, Arkaba is a leader in the field of sustainable tourism and its conservation work is an active ingredient in the guest experience. Here, your accommodation is in one of only five guest rooms in the restored 1850s homestead and your stay will include approximately seven hours daily of guided exploration across the 24,200-hectare property.

Fly to Adelaide and self-drive six hours to Arkaba. Alternatively, you can charter a flight to the Hawker airstrip where Arkaba hosts will pick you up for the 20-minute drive to the homestead. Private guided road transfers from Adelaide are also available, passing through the Clare Valley for wine tasting and lunch along the way.

arkabaconservancy.com; from A$1,605 per person per night.

Mount Mulligan Lodge

This deeply luxurious all-inclusive boutique in the Queensland outback is on 28,000 hectares and accommodates just 16 guests at a time. There are plenty of activities—four-wheel driving, cattle mustering, or touring the old township and coal mine. Expect fantastic fine-dining menus that revolve around locally sourced and caught seasonal fare.

Fly to Cairns and self-drive in a 4WD to Mount Mulligan Lodge (three hours) or charter a 35-minute helicopter direct to the station.

mountmulligan.com; doubles from A$1,700.

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