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Top 12 Outback Activites & Things To Do In Queensland - Mt Mulligan
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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 operating gold stamper 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 witness the day-to-day operations of a working cattle station (subject to muster dates).

At Mt Mulligan Lodge there is an outback adventure for everyone.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Mt Mulligan Old Township & Coal Mine Tour

    Now a ghost town, the remains of 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. Duration 2.5 hours. 

  • Tyrconnell Gold Mine

    Wind back time and venture out on one of our most talked-about tours. 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 and tenacious prospecting life at this captivating site. The 10-head gold stamper, the oldest operating in Australia, and industrial machinery from yesteryear are a sight to behold. The old thriving gold miners' village and shaft at Tyrconnell hold many tales. Let's take you back to this flourishing town's heyday in the 1930s when these hills were filled with around 100 prospectors hoping to strike it rich and earning about 3 pounds a week. Duration 3 hours.

     

  • Branch Lookout ATV 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, for some refreshments. Duration 2.5 hours.

  • Sunrise Geraldine Loop

    If you are an early riser, there’s nothing quite like watching the sunrise over the Hodgkinson Valley as Mount Mulligan (Ngarrabullgan) wakes and dominates the surrounding landscape. Traverse through gently rolling hills on an ATV and witness when first light sparks the landscape in flamboyant red and orange. There’s a coffee stop at Geraldine lookout before finishing up with a spot of bird watching at Lake Geraldine.  Don't forget to pack your binoculars. Duration 2.5 hours.

  • Mount Mulligan Walks

    Lace-up your boots and instantly be immersed in the natural beauty and rich history of this unique 28,000ha property and its star, Mount Mulligan (Ngarrabullgan). Range far and wide from the lodge along varying trails that uncover the unique flora, fauna, geology, and history of Mount Mulligan. The tales of this spiritual and captivating landscape lie deep, waiting to be explored. Trails include The Lodge Loop Track (6.5km), Railway Track (2.9km) and Geraldine Rock Track (1.2km).

  • Self-Guided Nature Walk

    Set off on foot on a self-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, many bird species, and a diverse collection of flora. Following detailed notes, the walk amidst the beautiful Australian bushland takes a little over an hour.

  • Mulligan’s Waterhole

    Spend a tranquil afternoon down on the banks of the Hodgkinson River at Mulligan’s Waterhole. Float downstream on a guided tube ride, watch the many bird species and soak up the serenity of this magical place.  Finish your swim with a refreshing drink on the sandy bank.

  • 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!

  • Barrayak

    Let one of our guides introduce you to the beauty of Mt Mulligan weir and its riparian flora and fauna species from a kayak! Take in the scenery and stillness of the bush and even pack a fishing rod to try your hand ‘yak angling’ for the elusive Barramundi.

  • Cattle Mustering

    In its current operation, the Mount Mulligan property is a working cattle station named Mt Mulligan Station. The station runs approximately 1,800 Brahman-cross cattle on its 28,000-hectares. The cattle station has a strong presence with the bovine locals seen freely grazing around the property. Cattle mustering is conducted on the property every quarter - should your stay dates coincide with muster dates, you have the opportunity to witness an Australian outback spectacle.

  • 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.

     

  • 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!

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). 

     

  • Adventure Helicopter Flight

    Take an adventure 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)

  • Gorge-ous Sunrise Hike

    Discover this vast territory by foot on a hike to Mount Mulligan Gorge at sunrise. 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 $50 pp (minimum 2 guests) - moderate to difficult hike. 

  • 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).

  • Gorge-ous Sunset Hike

    Discover this vast territory by foot on a hike to Mount Mulligan Gorge at sunset. 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. Sip on champagne and graze on a cheese board as you watch the sunset over the stunning Hodgkinson Basin $145 pp (maximum 4 guests) - moderate to difficult hike. 

  • Celestial Dreams

    As darkness falls, the outback sky turns a black velvet and a star-speckled blanket appears over the remote landscape.  Our Celestial Dreams experience takes place just after sunset and takes guests on a celestial appreciation tour through the southern night sky. Let's float up into the Milky Way and get lost in the varying constellations, stars, and planets seen through the eyes of Indigenous and Greek mythologies. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the galaxy above using our resident telescope and a Mount Mulligan Night Sky Map whilst sipping on an aperitif $100 pp (maximum 6 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 $150 pp (maximum 4 guests).

  • Southern Ngarrabullgan Hike

    This full-day tour highlights the ancient wonders of this spiritually sacred country. Explore the base of Ngarrabullgan (Mount Mulligan) and the mysteries and intrigue that surround this timeless landscape and its Traditional Owners, the Kuku Djungan people $200 pp (maximum 4 guests). 

  • Guided Nature Walk

    Set off on foot on a self-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, many bird species, and a diverse collection of flora. This Field Guide-led walk amidst the beautiful Australian bushland takes a little over an hour $50 pp (maximum 6 guests).

  • Geraldine Falls Lookout

    As the sky glows like an ember at sunset and the ridges of the escarpment come alive, finish your day from the Geraldine Falls lookout overlooking Lake Geraldine below, the abandoned mining township and the imposing sandstone mountain that gives Mt Mulligan Lodge its name. Enjoy a gourmet cheese board and chilled sundowner, or two, as the landscape changes colour from dusk to darkness $140 pp (maximum 2 guests).

  • Mulligan’s Waterhole Sunset

    Spend a tranquil afternoon down on the banks of the Hodgkinson river and soak up the serenity of the outback on this sunset tour. Take a tube ride, observe the array of birds that can be found on the property or pan for gold with one of our knowledgable guides before enjoying a cheese platter, some cold beverages and the serenity when the sun goes down on another day $100 pp (maximum 4 guests).

  • Wild, Wild, West

    This private tour is one for the history buffs. Following the abandoned Thornborough train track, this tour is reminiscent of the wild, wild west as you delve deeper into Mt Mulligan Stations' rich pastoral, prospecting, and colonial history. Recharge with a picnic lunch and some cold beverages on the picturesque Morris Dam situated below Flying Pig Hill after a day full of exploring Mount Mulligan's charming past. $350 pp (maximum 4 guests).