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While most people flock to the coast during Christmas holidays in Queensland, Australia’s magical outback is forever calling with its wild adventures, farm-fresh dining and natural tranquillity. Mt Mulligan Lodge is well-known as one of the best luxury escapes in Queensland, but it might surprise you to discover how this outback retreat can make this festive season one to remember.


If you’ve been thinking about an outback adventure these holidays, here’s a little insight into all the fun you can have here at Mt Mulligan Lodge. 

Celebrate The Festive Season In Style At Mt Mulligan Lodge

A Dreamlike Location

Tucked away about three hours’ drive inland from Cairns, Mt Mulligan Lodge is nestled between the base of Mount Mulligan and the placid Hodgkinson River. The encircling sandstone mountainside and eucalyptus trees create the perfect backdrop for wildlife spotting and outback adventures.


You’ll feel worlds apart from most of Australia while stand-up paddleboarding down the river, bouncing down off-road trails in an ATV or casting a line out for barramundi. Sunrises over Hodgkinson Valley ignite the mountain in hues of red and gold, while wallabies, kookaburras and rainbow lorikeets often roam the 28,000-hectare property.


Mt Mulligan Lodge also recalls Australia’s rich pioneering and Indigenous history, with nearby gold and coal mines in the Mount Mulligan township. The land is also home to significant Indigenous areas that date back almost 40,000 years.


Luxury Accommodation

Renowned as one of the most luxurious Queensland holiday destinations, Mt Mulligan Lodge creates a rare sense of intimacy by only accommodating 16 guests. This means families can book the entire heritage property for their Christmas retreat.


Designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding natural environment, the rooms and suites are made from spotted gum timber and feature large verandas, luxe leather furnishings, plush king-size beds and walls of glass doors. Each private deck has an outdoor bath and the larger rooms, such as the Outback Pavilion, have separate lounge rooms with wood-burning fireplaces.


Guests have access to their own private electric buggy and the all-inclusive accommodation also offers a mini bar and unlimited Australian wine, beer and soft drinks. Not to mention three meals daily at the on-site restaurant serving classic outback delicacies with a gourmet twist.

Enriching Activities

While staying at Mt Mulligan Lodge, you’ll wake up to a curated list of daily activities, which can range from chef-prepared picnics and guided goldfield tours to stargazing and mountain hikes. The nearby Mount Mulligan township showcases the region’s history with coal and gold mine tours.


Back at the lodge, you can kayak down Hodgkinson River, try cattle mustering or take one of the Mount Mulligan Naturalist Charts to identify birds and plants. When the sun hangs low, drive your buddy down to the Sunset Bar for social drinks, then hang around to use the telescope for stargazing.


You can also see Mt Mulligan from the air during a scenic helicopter flight or enjoy an intimate seven-course degustation menu for two under the stars.


Outback Fine Dining 

The all-inclusive dining at Mt Mulligan Lodge highlights seasonal, locally-sourced produce and top-quality Australian beer and wine. Breakfast typically includes favourites like eggs benedict and smashed avocado, while the lunch banquet can be enjoyed as a picnic or a la carte with dishes ranging from grilled chicken to local tiger prawns (a must for any Christmas holiday in Queensland).


The indulgent dinner showcases Atherton Tablelands specialties, such as kangaroo loin, red claw dumplings and passionfruit curd. Of course, drinks can be enjoyed throughout the day at the main pavilion bar, which offers a range of cocktails to be sipped poolside while admiring the contrasting green and ochre tones of Mount Mulligan.

Start Planning Your Holiday Today!

Looking for some peace and serenity this festive season? You’ll find it at Mt Mulligan Lodge, where the majestic Australian outback surrounds opulent retreats and creates a fascinating environment for relaxation, adventure and self-indulgence.


Contact the team today and lock in your getaway. We think you’ve earned it.