Luxury holidays in Mount Mulligan

Mount Mulligan in rural Queensland is named for its 18km-long sandstone ridge, which rises like a crocodile’s back above the region’s sparse and rugged landscapes. The ridge is a lesser-known rival to Uluru, which in fact it dwarfs. According to indigenous legend, Mount Mulligan is a sacred site, where the Rainbow Serpent was born; one glimpse of the spectacular scenery and a sense of awe is inevitable. Today, Mount Mulligan is within a 28,000 hectare working cattle station: home of the brilliant Mount Mulligan Lodge. It was formerly a popular camping site, with visitors drawn here (along with feathered and four-legged locals) by the peaceful billabong, bordered by eucalyptus trees. In addition to prime wildlife-spotting, Mount Mulligan offers an array of rural-Aussie pursuits: kayaking, fishing, hiking, helicopter tours and more. Step back in time and visit the atmospheric ruins of the township and mine, pausing at the cemetary and the Tyrconnell Gold Mine.

When to go

For dry, warm days and cooler evenings, come between April and October. Winter (June to August) is still warm, with temperatures hovering in the mid to high 20s during the day; things get hotter from April to May and September to October. The wet season is November to January, when you can expect rainfall and humidity.