El Questro Station – Kimberly, Western Australia, Australia

The Ultimate Outback Experience

You may feel a sense of discovery, as if you are the first to arrive, when you reach this million-acre working cattle ranch in the middle of Kimberly, just a dot on the map of massive, sparsely populated Western Australia.

El Questro Station is the ultimate outback experience, in a wonderful five-star incarnation. Saunter on over and offer to join the cowboys mustering 1,000 head of Brahman cattle in the bush, explore one of the property’s many tropical gorges or remote water holes, or go on horse, camel, foot, or four-wheel-drive treks with resident rangers, who will intro­duce you to the station’s thermal springs, waterfalls, and religious rock art.

At pricey Homestead cabins, cantilevered over the Chamberlain River, you can cast your line from your private veranda and hope for a record-breaking barramundi, Australia’s premier sport fish. Each airy suite is tastefully decorated with Asian and tropical Australian artifacts, a sign that you are closer to Indonesia than to Sydney.

Those whose wallets dictate Foster’s instead of Champagne can choose one of the station’s four less-expensive accommodation options, right down to bare-bones camping sites under the stars.

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