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The activities at Mt Mulligan Lodge have been designed to make the most of the rugged outback territory and luxury lodge Queensland.  Mt Mulligan Lodge offers guided tours of the goldfields including a sighting of Australia’s oldest gold crusher at Tyrconnell, exploration of the historic Mount Mulligan coal mine and abandoned township, ATV adventures discovering the history and beauty of the region, chef-prepared gourmet picnic hampers, wildlife spotting, sunset drinks overlooking the escarpment, stargazing, hikes around the southern face of Mount Mulligan, Barramundi fishing in the weir, scenic helicopter flights and the chance to experience the day-to-day operations of a working cattle station.

At Mt Mulligan Lodge there is an outback adventure for everyone. Click here to download our Bespoke Experiences List.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Mt Mulligan Old Township & Coal Mine Tour

    Now a ghost town, the remains of the Mount Mulligan township are rich in history. Originally laid out in 1912 and abandoned in 1958, the once busy coal mining town now only consists of a cemetery, a single residence which was the former hospital, a chimney stack, and the electricity generator. The Mount Mulligan coal mine opened in 1915 but is sadly the site of Queensland’s worst mining disaster which took 75 workers lives in 1921. The derelict remains of the township and mine are eerie yet visually arresting and give an insight into how coal mines operated during that era.

    The township and mine can be explored by foot or ATV.

  • Mount Mulligan Cemetery

    Mount Mulligan Cemetery was established to serve the little town that sprang up in the early 20th century following the discovery of coal. Most of the headstones at the Mount Mulligan cemetery are dated 19 September 1921, the date of the gigantic coal dust explosion that claimed the lives of all 75 men working underground at the time. Those killed in the explosion made up approximately one quarter of the town’s population, leaving women widowed and children fatherless.

  • Tyrconnell Gold Mine

    Wind back time to the Australian Gold Rush era and explore the once operational Tyrconnell Gold Mine, the most famous mine on the Hodgkinson goldfield. Much of the infrastructure remains untouched, allowing visitors to uncover the history of this captivating site. Explore the site on a guided tour and view its 10-head gold stamper and a sleepy miner's cottage. In its heyday of the 1930s around 100 people worked at the mine, earning about three pounds a week.

     

  • The Lookout

    There’s nothing quite like watching the sun rise over the Hodgkinson Valley as Mount Mulligan wakes and dominates the surrounding landscape of gently rolling hills.  Just a 10 to 15 minute ATV ride from the lodge, along the old railway tracks used for transporting coal from Mount Mulligan mine to Dimbulah, The Lookout is a great location to paint, photograph or enjoy a picnic from.

  • Flora & Fauna

    The environment at Mount Mulligan supports a range of fauna and flora with agile wallabies often spotted around the lodge and frequent opportunities to sight rainbow lorikeets, kookaburras and noisy friar birds to name a few species. Each year more than 50 new species of plants, algae, lichens and fungi are discovered in Queensland. In 2017, a plant species was discovered on Mount Mulligan and it’s the only place it grows in the world. When discovering the property, take one of our Mount Mulligan Naturalist Charts and identify the plants and animals around you.

  • Barramundi Fishing

    The weir at Mount Mulligan is home to Australian Barramundi. Cast your line from the weir's banks or from a kayak. Mature Barramundi can be brought back to the lodge and prepared to your liking by the Chef.

     

  • Sunset Bar

    Head over to our rustic Sunset Bar and enjoy a sun-downer as you watch Mount Mulligan escarpment come alive as the sun sets. Only a short 2-minute electric buggy ride from the lodge; bring a camera, grab a drink, meet fellow travellers, enjoy the sunset and take in the magical scenery!

  • Outback Astronomy Stargazing

    As darkness falls, the outback sky turns a black velvet and a star-speckled blanket appears over the remote landscape.  Our Outback Astronomy experience takes place just after sunset and takes guests on a celestial appreciation tour through the southern night sky. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the galaxy above using our resident telescope and learn about the varying constellations, stars and planets from an informative guide.

  • Cattle Mustering

    Mount Mulligan is a 28,000-hectare working cattle station. Year-round cattle roam the property and cattle mustering is conducted on the property every quarter. Ask our Reservation Advisors for cattle mustering dates as guests can enjoy the full outback Australian experience by trying their hand at cattle mustering.

  • ATV Branch Tour

    For those who love adventure, nothing beats getting behind the wheel of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) exploring boulder-strewn creeks, navigating outback tracks and meeting the bovine locals before resting at the picturesque south end of Mount Mulligan, known as The Branch, to delight in a morning tea of freshly made treats.

  • Paddle Boarding

    Mt Mulligan Lodge provides stand-up paddle boards so you can enjoy some light exercise whilst taking in the scenery on the weir. You might even be lucky enough to sight a platypus!

  • Kayaking

    Experience the beauty of the weir from a kayak! Gently paddling at your own pace, take-in the scenery and silence of the outback. Alternatively, pack a fishing rod and ‘yak angle’ for some Barramundi from the comforts of your kayak.

BESPOKE EXPERIENCES

  • Dining Under the Stars

    Our signature experience ‘Dining Under the Stars’ is a must do for any guests celebrating a special occasion in the outback. An intimate seven course degustation dinner is served on the edge of the weir under a blanket of flickering stars and in the shadow of lofty Mount Mulligan. The menu puts a flavoursome twist on outback living and is paired to Sommelier chosen wines from our reserve wine list. Bookings are essential and limited to one couple per evening. $240 pp (limited to 2 guests)

     

  • Dark Skies

    Away from the bright lights of civilisation, the stars sparkle like diamonds from the inky darkness in the outback! Our exclusive ‘Dark Skies’ astronomy experience allows guests to view a dazzling display of colourful star clusters, interstellar clouds, neighbouring galaxies and the Milky Way through a telescope with the narration of a personal star guide.  Savour the brilliance of a glittering desert starscape with a dessert wine and gourmet cheese board to conclude the evening. $60 pp (minimum 2 guests)

  • Scenic Helicopter Flight

    Take a scenic helicopter flight over the star of the show Mount Mulligan (Ngarrabullgan). Best seen from the sky, nothing quite prepares you for the scale and grandeur of this ancient mountain that’s embedded with cultural significance dating back 37,000 years. A natural wonder of the outback, the 18km-long conglomerate and sandstone escarpment is 10 times larger than Uluru (Ayers Rock) and some believe it is the birthplace of the Rainbow Serpent, creator of the world in indigenous mythology. From $200 pp for 15 mins (minimum 2 guests)

  • For the Twitchers

    Birdwatchers are spoilt for choice at Mount Mulligan with over 126 species of birds being recorded at the property. Many of the species are best observed at dawn, with the help of a Field Guide and a pair of binoculars, when they charm guests with their charismatic and colourful physiques and beautiful song. The birding spectacle showcases pied currawong, rainbow lorikeets, laughing kookaburras, noisy friarbirds and azure kingfishers, just to name a few. $50 pp (minimum 2 guests)

  • ATV Outback Trail Adventure

    Don goggles and a face mask, jump in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and roar away from the lodge along a tawny, dry and rutted track on an exhilarating private ATV adventure. Red dust flies as you zoom along the property’s extensive outback dirt trails and fence lines, past free-roaming brahman cattle and wild brumbies, through iron bark and river gum forests and over dried up ravines. Churn through cattle yards and bushland before arriving at a shady spot by the Hodgkinson River for a thirst-quenching drink. $100 pp (minimum 2 guests)

  • Mulligan Hill Sunset

    Mulligan Hill has an expansive vantage of the imposing sandstone mountain that gives the lodge its name, the cinematically rugged landscape, Lake Geraldine below and the abandoned mining township of Mount Mulligan. As the sky glows like an ember at sunset and the ridges of the escarpment come alive, finish the day in solitude with a gourmet cheeseboard and a chilled sundowner … or two. $50 pp (minimum 2 guests)

  • Guided Nature Walk

    Set off on foot on a guided nature walk around the Mount Mulligan weir.  The weir is a refuge for an array of native wildlife including bounding agile wallabies, Freshwater Turtles and many bird species. The Field Guide-led walk amidst the beautiful Australian bushland takes a little over an hour. $50 pp (minimum 2 guests)

  • Gorge-ous Hike

    Discover this vast territory by foot on a hike to Mount Mulligan Gorge. Not for the faint of heart, this hike takes you scrambling up and down boulders bound by the towering escarpment and through lush vegetation to a picturesque gorge. A refreshing waterhole beckons you to take a dip as a reward for your efforts. Wake up early for a sunrise expedition or enjoy a lie in and head out after breakfast. $50 pp (minimum 2 guests)

  • Chasing Waterfalls

    Discover the famous waterfall circuit on the Atherton Tablelands, a natural wonderland filled with waterfalls and swimming holes, crater lakes and pristine flowing streams. We’ll take you to the lesser known falls, away from the tourists! In a unique bush setting, savour a classic Aussie barbeque lunch.

    Our favourites on the waterfall circuit include - Millaa Millaa Falls, Ellinjaa Falls, Zillie Falls, Nandroya Falls, Tchupala Falls. $250 pp (min 2 guests, max 4 guests)

  • For the Coffee Lovers

    Nestled in the heart of Australia’s premier coffee growing region in Mareeba is the award-winning Skybury Café & Roastery.  Learn the secrets of coffee-making on a plantation tour and sample fresh Australian-grown Arabica coffee as well as the farm’s trademark sweet red papaya. Overlooking the lush plantation, enjoy a delicious lunch, house made cakes and the freshest fruit straight from the farm. $250 pp (min 2 guests, max 4 guests)

     *helicopter arrival on request, at an additional cost

  • Chillagoe Wonders

    Discover the wonders of Chillagoe, a region rich in geological wonders, mining heritage, significant indigenous art sites and natural outback landscape. Just 140km from Mount Mulligan, Chillagoe was once an ancient coral reef which has been transformed into spectacular limestone bluffs with a network of some 600 caves. These limestone caves at the Chillagoe-Montana National Park are a must-see on a guided tour and feature spectacular caverns and passages decorated by stalactites, stalagmites and flowstones. Alike Mount Mulligan, evidence of indigenous settlement in the Chillagoe region dates back an estimated 37,000 years and the National Park is also home to two accessible rock-art galleries (Mungana and Wullumba) and the remains of the Chillagoe smelters. Back in the charismatic former gold-rush town, wander the town’s historic main street and check out the Railway Station, bank vault, Court House, Police Office and Post Office Hotel. Marble is still quarried here and was used in the construction of Parliament House in Canberra. Choose from an iconic Aussie pub lunch or gourmet picnic hamper under a shady paperbark tree. A pleasant way to cool off after a day of discovery is at the popular Bogey Hole, which is a deep swimming hole under a small cascade, or at the Weir. $250 pp (min 2 guests, max 4 guests)