These unique outback stays offer seclusion and comfort in some of the most far-flung locales.
1. Rangelands Outback Camp, Qld
A working cattle property near Winton, doubles as adults-only Rangelands Outback Camp, complete with six luxury safari-style tents and breathtaking vistas.
Settle in luxe tents at Rangelands Outback Camp. (Image: Tourism and Events Queensland)
2. Saltbush Retreat, Qld
Step back to the pioneer days with a stay in a slab hut or outback cabin at Saltbush Retreat in Longreach. They are rustic in style but premium in comfort, giving guests an authentic but luxe outback experience.
Soak in a rustic tub at Saltbush Retreat in Longreach, Qld. (Image: Tourism and Events Queensland)
3. Berkeley River Lodge, WA
Between the Timor Sea and Berkeley River, Berkeley River Lodge is one of the most remote in the country, accessed via a small plane. Stay in villas atop sand dunes with access to hidden waterholes and gorges.
Stay in villas atop sand dunes at the Berkeley River Lodge.
4. El Questro Station, WA
Take a break from the ruggedness of the Gibb River Road at El Questro, which is an oasis of gorges, thermal springs and waterfalls; its homestead sitting atop a cliff overlooking the Chamberlain River.
Relax by the river at El Questro Station. (Image: Delaware North Companies)
5. Rawnsley Park Station, SA
Rawnsley Park Station has eco villas with over-bed skylights so you can fall asleep under the stars in style. It looks out over one of the country’s most enigmatic natural forms, Wilpena Pound/Ikara.
Sleep under the vast pink-hued sky in Rawnsley Park Station. (Image: Tourism Australia)
6. Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, SA
The Prairie Hotel in Parachilna north of the Flinders Ranges has been pouring beers for 150 years. It has 12 beautifully appointed rooms that make for a welcome pit stop on a Flinders Ranges road trip.
Make a pitstop at Prairie Hotel. (Image: Tourism Australia)
7. Callubri Station, NSW
Stay on a fourth-generation merino farm at Callubri Station, two hours west of Dubbo, where shipping containers have been converted into plush suites and where you can experience real-deal station life. Choose church, presbytery or cottage at Broken Hill Outback Church Stay, a heritage building turned cosy accommodation.
Lounge in a hammock overlooking scenic views at Callubri Station. (Image: Monique Wye; Destination NSW)
8. Cicada Lodge, NT
Zip across floodplains and wake to the symphony of birdlife at Bamurru Plains in Mary River, where safari bungalows are nestled among wild landscape. Take note of its special events, including gourmet weekends, with James Viles leading the charge 24–27 March. Owned by the local Jawoyn people, Cicada Lodge is a luxe stay with easy gorge access in Nitmiluk National Park.
Opt for a luxe stay at Cicada Lodge. (Image: Shaana McNaught; Tourism NT/Tourism Australia)