When it comes to destination dining, AT reader Michele Maddison from Cairns prefers the unbelievably remote. There’s no waiting for a table, never any need to book, and the décor is second to none.
Ever been to a million-star restaurant? The most remote part of Australia in which my husband and I have dined is in the middle of the Simpson Desert. When we first embarked on the trip, I had a clear picture in my head that the Simpson Desert would be like the Sahara. Clear sand dunes for miles and miles.
How wrong was I? Yes, there are sand dunes to cross. Actually, 1500 of them if you go via the French Line. It’s an amazing buzz as you go up the dune, reaching the top and only seeing your 4WD bonnet, blue sky and the slow slide down. Crossing the clay pans in between, getting ready for the next dune.
The Simpson Desert is full of vegetation and wildlife. From west to east crossing the Purni Bore is just one of the first wonders of the desert filled with birdlife. On the journey, by day you try to identify all of nature’s tracks left behind – by camels, dingoes and numerous other creatures of the desert. By night, dingoes serenade you during your dining hours, as you see their howling silhouettes on the top of the dunes.
The changing colours of the desert sand through the day never cease to amaze you. No lights from the cities hinder the stars, and it’s pure magic looking up at the night sky. As you sit by the fire and enjoy a nice red away from the pressures of modern-day life, where else would you rather be?