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Outback stays in Western Australia – explore differently

Outback stays in Western Australia – explore differently

Experience some of the most remote, tranquil and fascinating places in the country with a station stay.

Far away from the cities and suburbs, some stations in outback Western Australia are bigger than small countries. Hidden within these ginormous rural properties, cattle and sheep graze the landscape, and the farmers and pastoralists are caretakers of the land. These vast outback stations are so much more than just places to stay – they offer unparalleled, unique travel experiences. Embark on a journey where you become one with nature and learn the lay of the land, all while enjoying some rural hospitality. Here are 3 of the best station stays in Western Australia (in no particular order, of course!).

El Questro Station

Located in the East Kimberley, El Questro Station’s 700,000 acres of land is home to some of the state’s most incredible terrain. Here, the landscape is full of natural charm, as the red soil and native grasses are flanked by sandstone ranges, broad tidal flats, some rainforest pockets to the north, and even gorges and permanent waterfalls. The landscape, despite still being a working station to a herd of 6000 cattle, is largely unexplored. After it was first established in 1903, newer owners and developers have turned the huge area into a wilderness park tourist destination. While here, you can choose to stay in a variety of luxury cabin and camping offerings in three distinct locations on the property: The Homestead, Emma Gorge and The Station. When it comes to adventure, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Soak up the sunrise with a hike, spend a day birdwatching, join a four-wheel drive safari tour, enjoy a dip in Zebedee Springs’ thermal waters, or even spend an evening stargazing.

Wooleen Station

In the heart of the Murchison region, Wooleen Station is dedicated to preserving and sustaining the region’s unique ecology. The cattle station spans more than 150,000 hectares, and began operating as a tourist property in the 1990s as a way for the owners to reduce their reliance on livestock to make a living. A stay here will see you enjoying home-style cooking and an array of local wines, as well as immersing yourself in the region’s history with a stay at the station’s homestead. The station’s Edwardian-style, National Trust–listed homestead was first built in 1918, and makes for a unique and memorable stay. Out on the lands, there’s plenty to see and do: enjoy a guided sunset tour, explore Wooleen Lake, learn about the station’s conservation efforts, and enjoy testing your endurance on one of the many hiking trails on offer.

Quobba Station

Prepare to be in awe at Quobba Station, as the azure waters of the Indian Ocean contrast against the rich, terracotta earth of Quobba Station’s Red Bluff. Perched on the edge of the rocky formation, you’ll be gazing out at the sunset and over the fringes of the Ningaloo Reef, viewing Mother Nature in all her glory. Head about an hour north of Carnarvon – best known as Western Australia’s ‘food bowl’ thanks to its abundance of produce – to see the magic of Quobba Station yourself. The working station was first developed in 1898, with 10,000 sheep roaming its 35 hectares of land. While here, you’ll be exploring the best of both worlds – the outback and the ocean – and immersing yourself in the region’s laid-back nature, spending your days fishing, exploring and swimming. Bliss!

Pictured: Wooleen Station. Image © Tourism Western Australia

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