T+L Reports: The Great Outback

T+L Reports: The Great Outback

Australia's most luxurious new hotel, Wrotham Park Lodge, sits in splendid isolation north of Cairns on a 1.5 million-acre ranch—that is, if you don't count the thousands of Brahman cattle, dingoes, emus, wallabies, and parrots that call this place home. A mere 20 guests stay in 10 hardwood bungalows, which reflect Australian vernacular architecture, with kangaroo-leather furnishings and oversized bathroom windows framing the paperbark-fringed Mitchell River. Outback traditions are preserved in the resort's endless activities, from horseback riding to cattle herding. After dinner—served communally on Wedgwood china and matched with local wines—you can relax under the stars in an Australian squatter's chair by the open fire. Wrotham Park Lodge, Queensland, Australia; 800/225-9849 or 61-2/9364-8100; www.wrothampark.com.au; doubles from $610; open May–mid-December. —KENDALL HILL

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