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This tiny lodge overlooking Crystalbrook Lake in North Queensland’s remote outback offers nature lovers in the know a unique combination of luxurious accommodation and exclusive wilderness experience.

Situated only 180 kilometres i.e. a three hour drive or a 40 minute flight from Cairns, the lodge is part of the historic 34,500 hectare Crystalbrook Station, a traditional cattle farm – you can even visit the old homestead for afternoon tea.  It makes an ideal base for exploring the outback with its staggering range of wildlife that includes birds, freshwater crocodiles and fish. There’s no shortage of things to do: you can fish on the lake from the lodge’s electric boat, take a quad bike to the cattle round-up, or visit nearby Chillagoe Caves to see the impressive limestone formations, with lunch in the local pub.

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  • Available*: Jan-Dec * The dates shown are when the accommodation is generally available. Please enquire for specific availability.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Northern Queensland in Style

Northern Queensland boasts an astonishing diversity of habitat, flora and fauna. This distinctive journey visits iconic locations such as the Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef and the Outback, to see the best of this rugged land while staying in unabashed comfort at the finest accommodation.

  • When to go: Apr-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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North Queensland Outback

Outback is the term used to describe Australia’s vast, remote, arid interior – even more remote than "the bush" which refers to any area outside a main urban zone. Due to low, erratic rainfall and infertile soil, it is sparsely settled and over 90% of Australians live in urban areas on the coast.

  • Where: Queensland
  • Ideal for viewing: comb-crested jacana, white-bellied sea eagle, freshwater crocodile, blue-faced honeyeater, rainbow bee-eater
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Flying safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris