People always seem to head to the beach to unwind – and, like, same – but I’ve always felt that if you truly want to reset and disconnect, you have to go bush. Whether you’re camping, glamping or luxuriating, these are the best outback station stays around Queensland to soak up the serenity.
Hold. The. Phone – because this view just stunned me. Sitting in a spa, by a river, watching the sun go down? Yes. This 15,000 acre working sheep property calls itself the ‘real’ Australia. They’re serving up food straight from the paddock to your plate, you can totally cuddle a lamb and you can stay in luxuriously renovated rooms in the recently-renovated, one hundred year-old Shearer’s Quarters.
When the website itself lists fishing, swimming, canoeing or kayaking, bird watching, stargazing and walking as its activities, I am all the way in. Situated int he middle of nature, via Longreach, you’ve got plenty of room around to find a camping spot across the two large campsites set up by the owners next to what they call their fave waterholes. You are totally self-sufficient out here folks, what you bring is what you get, and that’s a beautiful thing.
This place takes glamping to a whole new level. This is the rugged, beautiful outback landscape you imagine, combined with all the creature comforts of five-star accommodation. In and around Gilberton Station you’ll find rocky gorges, open plains and dry forest. There are plenty of tours to jump on or explore solo.
If you like the notion of living off the land, but prefer to do that with a roof over your head and a shower at the end of the day, Bonus Downs Farm Stay in Maranoa is going to be more your jam. The homestead on this privately owned property was built in 1911, so history, and there’s a restaurant. There’s still a camping option of course, but you can also stay in the adorable Shearer’s Cottage.
The glamping tents on the Wallaroo property are so cute! Of course, they’re made even better by the fact that they’re nesteled on this stunning 72,000 acre in the middle of the Carnarvon Ranges. That obviously means amazing bush walks, or you can see it all from above by booking a helicopter tour.