Mount Mulligan Lodge is a wonderful retreat in North Queensland’s outback. Antonia Black travelled there to experience this extraordinary place for herself and learn its fascinating backstory.
Under the shadow of a majestic mountain, which holds an indigenous significance of 37,000 years, lies the sensitively designed Mount Mulligan Lodge, arguably the most comfortable retreat in North Queensland’s outback. A strong sense of peace welcomes you upon arrival, as the surroundings are utterly serene – save for the occasional rustle of a wallaby or call of a bird overhead – and the vast grounds of the lodge sprawl all the way out to the horizon.
It is easy to be lulled into taking everything at a gentle pace at Mount Mulligan – right from dawn, as the sunrise’s rosy glow across the smooth weir stops you in your tracks, until dusk, when the sun appears to set in slow motion. There is no better place to witness this than the aptly named Sunset Bar, where you can cast your eye over the eucalyptus trees below, as they catch the golden evening light. Even the moon rises later than it does in most other parts of the country here.