Mount Mulligan, Australia

Mount Mulligan Lodge

Rates per night from$1,059.03

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD1,545.45), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Wild-at-heart cattle station

Setting

Land of gold and coal

Mount Mulligan Lodge has 28,000 hectares and just eight rooms, meaning you get more than your fair share of the glorious outback. In addition to its rugged expanse of cinematic Queensland back-country, this working cattle station woos with gourmet all-inclusive dining and top-notch Aussie wines, outdoorsy adventures galore and supreme service from the friendly staff. In this wild, remote setting, rich in Aboriginal heritage and mining history, you’re invited to make yourselves at home. While you’re here, step back in time and get a glimpse of Mount Mulligan’s past by visiting the derelict remains of the township and mine, which have a storied past.

 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Eight, including four suites.

Check–Out

11am; earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $1059.03 (AU$1,545), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates are usually all inclusive, covering gourmet meals, a selection of Australian wines, beers and soft drinks, minibar treats, a daily activity and unlimited use of the kayaks, paddle boards and fishing equipment.

Also

Each room comes with its own on-loan electric buggy so you can zip around the 28,000-hectare grounds in style.

Hotel closed

Mount Mulligan Lodge is closed from 27 January–2 March 2020.

At the hotel

Outback expanse (28,000 hectares to be precise). In rooms: iPod dock, Bose bluetooth speaker, LaGaia bath products, a desk, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, kettle, tea and coffee kit, blackout curtain, working fireplace.

Our favourite rooms

Opt for the Outback Suite for the added boon of a sitting area. Families or groups travelling together should bed down in one of the Outback Pavilions, which come with two bedrooms.

Poolside

Notch up laps in the glittering infinity pool, at the edge of the weir.

Packing tips

Bring industrial-strength mozzie repellent to ward off those bugs.

Also

Communal areas are wheelchair accessible; the hotel also has some rooms with disabled access.

Children

Little Smiths are very welcome, but don’t expect lots of family-friendly frills.

Eco‐friendly

Yup: the lodge runs on solar power and recycles and composts conscientiously. Organic, locally sourced produce stars in the restaurant; rooms are kitted out with earth-kind bath products.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Nab a table outside for lunch, but dine inside to avoid being nibbled by bugs.

Dress Code

Sun-loving (ATV) safari chic.

Hotel restaurant

Meals are served in the relaxed main lodge. The ambitious chef showcases local produce and outback flavours in daring, imaginative ways: previous dishes include kangaroo tataki with miso cream, a tea-soaked egg and nori granola; red claw (caught on the property) with miso butter, roasted garlic and macadamia nut crumb; yogurt bavarois with tamarind jelly, lemon aspen curd, finger lime and a macaroon made from Vitamin C-packed green ants. Don’t miss the biodynamic eggs at breakfast, which are farmed without chemicals. If you want to spend the day exploring, take a gourmet picnic with you and head out into the wilderness on your electric buggy.

Hotel bar

There’s no formal bar as such, but you can enjoy drinks in the restaurant. Toast the statement lighting, the striking rock wall and the bicycle frame on the top shelf, which was excavated from the mining township.

Last orders

Meal times take their cues from you and your planned adventures. Generally, dinner service stops around 10pm; breakfast is available between 8am and 10am.

Room service

Choose items from the day’s menu to enjoy in-room.

Location

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Address
Mount Mulligan Lodge
499 Thornborough-Kinsgborough Road
Mount Mulligan
4872
Australia

Mount Mulligan Lodge occupies a rugged and remote 28,000-hectare patch of far north Queensland.

Planes

Fly into Cairns Airport, a three-hour drive away. The hotel can sort out heli-transfers from Cairns to Mount Mulligan (a memorable 35-minute journey).

Automobiles

If you want to drive, you’ll need a 4WD to tackle the unsealed roads. Hotel transfers in a 4WD can be arranged from Cairns; the journey takes about two and a half hours.

Worth getting out of bed for

This is your cue to get up close and personal with Mother Nature, Queensland-style. Get a bird’s-eye view of the majestic wilderness by embarking on a helicopter tour. Go paddle boarding or kayaking, or roam around the property on an ATV (take a chef-prepared picnic with you and enjoy it at the Branch, a waterhole on the southern edge of the mountain). Wildlife-lovers can borrow one of Mount Mulligan’s handy Naturalist Charts and go on a flora-and-fauna expedition, looking out for wallabies, rainbow lorikeets, kookaburras, chattering friar birds, rare plants, lichen, fungi and more. Fish for barramundi from the riverbank or a kayak (the chef will cook up your catch to your tastes afterwards). Hop out of bed earlier than usual to see the sun rise over the Hodgkinson Valley, a 15-minute ATV ride from the lodge, along the old railway tracks used for transporting coal from Mount Mulligan mine to Dimbulah. (Take a camera or canvas and paints to capture the scenery.) From here, set off on a two- or three-hour walk to one of Mount Mulligan’s hidden secrets. Enjoy sunset drinks at the Sunset Bar or go stargazing.

Now a ghost town, the remains of the Mount Mulligan township are rich in history. Step back in time by visiting the derelict remains of the township and mine, wander around Mount Mulligan Cemetery, explore the Tyrconnell Gold Mine on a guided tour and watch an ore-crusher demonstration.

 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this nature-loving hotel in the outback and unpacked their safari togs and billabong tea, a full account of their Australian break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Mount Mulligan Lodge in Mount Mulligan

Lesser hotels stop at bed and breakfast. Mount Mulligan Lodge puts 28,000 hectares and a historic township and coal mine at your disposal. Mother Nature got things off to a good start, endowing the region with its cinematic good looks, but the hotel lives up to its spectacular setting by adding all-inclusive gourmet dining, delicious wines and flawless service to the mix. You’re invited to treat this luxury lodge (and working cattle station) as your handsome home – and to go out and meet the locals: wallabies, rabbits, rainbow lorikeets, kookaburras, chattering friar birds and co.

 

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