WHERE IS IT? Far western Queensland. 85km south-west of Winton. Access via 4WD and light aircraft.

WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL? It’s very basic, but Charles and Penny Phillott’s 50,000-acre sheep and cattle property wows visitors with the red mesa country of the Cory Range plus its ancient Indigenous and modern farming history. The silence and space are overwhelming. “We are still in the suburbs here,” jokes Charlie. “The next station is half a million acres.” Tours visit an ancient Aboriginal ceremonial area with bora rings, and a monument to former US president LBJ who accidentally landed here in WWII as a young air force pilot. Activities include opal fossicking, wildlife spotting, walks in Python Gorge and visits to Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede with its more than 3000 footprints.

RATES: Unpowered camping sites: $17 per double and $25 per family, shared facilities. A four-bedroom self-contained basic cottage with no air conditioning costs $90 per double and $120 per family per night.

THE DETAILS: (07) 4657 0084

OTHER STATION STAYS IN THE AREA: None.

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