Voyages Wrotham Park Lodge, Wrotham $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:A 1.5-million-acre cattle station, Wrotham Park is huge, and the experience is extreme. Even getting there is an adventure: a 40-minute flight from Cairns over the Great Dividing Range in a Cessna twin-prop that lands on a red dirt airstrip. Then it's a short drive to the lodge and ten separate guest quarters perched on a high escarpment, all overlooking the mighty Mitchell River. There's a plunge pool, thoroughly attentive staff, and gourmet country-style meals that can be eaten at a large communal table or in total privacy. This is an authentic working cattle station with jackaroos (Australian cowboys) aplenty, and an opportunity to experience the Outback in all its rugged glory. 2006 Hot List
When to go: April and September, when the 35,000 cattle are being mustered.
Which room to book: Those under gum trees—Mouth Organ is closest to the homestead, Boomers provides maximum isolation (doubles, $1,026, including meals; closedmid-Dec.–Mar.).
Amenities: Bar/lounge, PoolSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›