Mt Mulligan Lodge

Queensland Australia

 Rates From

Outback Tent $1200 per night

Outback Retreat $2000 per night 

Outback Room $2,250 per night

Outback Pavilion $4,700 Per Night

All rates include

 All rustic but refined meals
 A selection of quality wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks
 A daily outback experience – ATV adventure, sunset drinks, tour of historic Mount
Mulligan township and coal mine, guided hike, exploration of Tyrconnell Gold Mine
 Unlimited use of paddle boards, kayaks, sky-gazing telescope, electric buggy and
light fishing gear

2 Night minimum stay applicable to these rates

All rates based on two guests

Christmas season rates from 19 December  – 6 Jan

With the backdrop of its majestic 18-kilometre long sandstone namesake, Mt Mulligan Lodge offers laid-back luxury in the rugged outback environment of Queensland.

A member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia and set on a 28,000-hectare working cattle station, Mt Mulligan Lodge invites just 20 guests to experience the spirit of the outback through a captivating landscape that’s steeped in indigenous significance dating back 37,000 years. The expansive property bears the marks of the historic gold and coal rush and in its current operation, the pastoral history of Australia.

A range of experiences have been designed to make the surrounding landscape and its fascinating history. These include guided tours of the goldfields, including a demonstration of Australia’s oldest operating gold crusher, exploration of the historic Mount Mulligan coal mine and abandoned township, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) tours, guided hikes, stargazing, adventure helicopter flights, barramundi fishing and the chance to witness the operations of a working cattle station (during muster dates only). Please click here to view our bespoke outback adventures.

Mt Mulligan Lodge is accessible via a 35-minute helicopter flight or 2.5/3 hour 4WD adventure from Cairns.

 Linger Longer Rates

Stay 4 Nights minimum

Outback Tent $1080 per night

Outback Retreat $1800 per night

Outback Room $2025 per night

Outback Suite $2700 Per night

Outback Pavilion $4230 per night

Doest not apply over Christmas and New Year Period or Easter

Subject to availability

 Things To Do



    Now a ghost town, the remains of Mount Mulligan township are rich in history. Originally laid out in 1912 and abandoned in 1958, the once busy coal mining town now only consists of a cemetery, a single residence which was the former hospital, a chimney stack, and the electricity generator. The Mount Mulligan coal mine opened in 1915 but is sadly the site of Queensland’s worst mining disaster which took 75 workers’ lives in 1921. The derelict remains of the township and mine are eerie yet visually arresting and give an insight into how coal mines operated during that era. Duration 2.5 hours. 


    Wind back time and venture out on one of our most talked-about tours. Explore the once operational Tyrconnell Gold Mine, the most famous mine on the Hodgkinson goldfield. Much of the infrastructure remains untouched, allowing visitors to uncover the history and tenacious prospecting life at this captivating site. The 10-head gold stamper, the oldest operating in Australia, and industrial machinery from yesteryear are a sight to behold. The old thriving gold miners’ village and shaft at Tyrconnell hold many tales. Let’s take you back to this flourishing town’s heyday in the 1930s when these hills were filled with around 100 prospectors hoping to strike it rich and earning about 3 pounds a week. Duration 3 hours.


    For those who love adventure, nothing beats getting behind the wheel of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) exploring boulder-strewn creeks, navigating outback tracks and meeting the bovine locals before resting at the picturesque south end of Mount Mulligan, known as The Branch, for some refreshments. Duration 2.5 hours.


    If you are an early riser, there’s nothing quite like watching the sunrise over the Hodgkinson Valley as Mount Mulligan (Ngarrabullgan) wakes and dominates the surrounding landscape. Traverse through gently rolling hills on an ATV and witness when first light sparks the landscape in flamboyant red and orange. There’s a coffee stop at Geraldine lookout before finishing up with a spot of bird watching at Lake Geraldine.  Don’t forget to pack your binoculars. Duration 2.5 hours.


    Lace-up your boots and instantly be immersed in the natural beauty and rich history of this unique 28,000ha property and its star, Mount Mulligan (Ngarrabullgan). Range far and wide from the lodge along varying trails that uncover the unique flora, fauna, geology, and history of Mount Mulligan. The tales of this spiritual and captivating landscape lie deep, waiting to be explored. Trails include The Lodge Loop Track (6.5km), Railway Track (2.9km) and Geraldine Rock Track (1.2km).


    Set off on foot on a self-guided nature walk around the Mount Mulligan weir.  The weir is a refuge for an array of native wildlife including bounding agile wallabies, freshwater turtles, many bird species, and a diverse collection of flora. Following detailed notes, the walk amidst the beautiful Australian bushland takes a little over an hour.


    Spend a tranquil afternoon down on the banks of the Hodgkinson River at Mulligan’s Waterhole. Float downstream on a guided tube ride, watch the many bird species and soak up the serenity of this magical place.  Finish your swim with a refreshing drink on the sandy bank.


    Head over to our rustic Sunset Bar and enjoy a sun-downer as you watch Mount Mulligan escarpment come alive as the sun sets. Only a short 2-minute electric buggy ride from the lodge; bring a camera, grab a drink, meet fellow travellers, enjoy the sunset and take in the magical scenery!


    Let one of our guides introduce you to the beauty of Mt Mulligan weir and its riparian flora and fauna species from a kayak! Take in the scenery and stillness of the bush and even pack a fishing rod to try your hand ‘yak angling’ for the elusive Barramundi.


    In its current operation, the Mount Mulligan property is a working cattle station named Mt Mulligan Station. The station runs approximately 1,800 Brahman-cross cattle on its 28,000-hectares. The cattle station has a strong presence with the bovine locals seen freely grazing around the property. Cattle mustering is conducted on the property every quarter – should your stay dates coincide with muster dates, you have the opportunity to witness an Australian outback spectacle.


    The weir at Mount Mulligan is home to Australian Barramundi. Cast your line from the weir’s banks or from a kayak. Mature Barramundi can be brought back to the lodge and prepared to your liking by the Chef.

Accommodation Options

Nestled amongst the property’s Australian eucalyptus woodlands, the Outback Tents fit seamlessly into the surrounding environment and showcase the majestic Mount Mulligan escarpment from their spacious outdoor verandahs. The safari-style tents provide the ideal balance of a true escape in nature and the comforts of a boutique lodge.

Room Size: 4.2m x 4.2m
Verandah size: 1.8m
King or Twin bed
Your own electric buggy

Outback Tent – $1,200 per night for 2 guests

Outback Family Tent – $1,800 per night for 2 adults and 2 children

The Outback Retreat is a contemporary sanctuary inspired by the humble and honest pastoral structures of the Australian outback and perfect for those travelling individually or as a duo. The rooms provide luxury in a laid-back and modern Australian style.

Room Size: 34 sq.m
Outdoor space: 18 sq.m
Luxurious king bed or twin beds available
Your own electric buggy

$2,000 per night, for two guest

*surcharge applies over Easter and Festive Season

With views overlooking the sparkling weir and the majestic Mount Mulligan, these stunning rooms are perfect for couples or people traveling as a duo. The rooms provide luxury in a laid-back and modern Australian style.

Room Size: 52 sq.m
Outdoor space: 28 sq.m
Luxurious king bed or twin beds available
Outdoor bathtub
Your own electric buggy

$2,250 per night, for two guest

*surcharge applies over Easter and Festive Season

With views overlooking the sparkling weir and the majestic Mount Mulligan, these stunning retreats are perfect for couples looking for some extra space to unwind or for those with an additional guest. The rooms provide luxury in a laid-back and modern Australian style.

Room space: 89 sq.m
Outdoor space: 46 sq.m
Lounge room
Outdoor bath
Your own electric buggy

$3,000 per night, for two guest

$550 for an additional adult, or $300 for an additional child (maximum 3 guests)

*surcharge applies over Easter and Festive Season

Getting There

 By Air

Access to Mt Mulligan Lodge is via a 35min helicopter journey from Cairns, providing sweeping aerial views of the 180 million year old Daintree Rainforest, the lush Atherton Tablelands and the rugged terrain that surrounds the majestic Mount Mulligan itself.


  • Cairns to Mt Mulligan Lodge – departing 2pm, arriving 2.35pm (check-in 1.15pm at Nautilus Aviation Cairns Hangar)
  • Mt Mulligan Lodge to Cairns – departing 2.35pm, arriving 3.10pm (recommend a domestic flight departing Cairns Airport after 4.30pm)$400 one way, per personIf the daily scheduled charter is fully booked on your clients’ preferred dates of travel, or if the scheduled timings do not coincide with your clients’ itinerary, a private helicopter charter may be arranged at an additional cost (subject to availability).There will be no charge for infants under three years of age when seated on the lap of an adult passenger. Children aged 3+ years will be charged at the ‘per person’ rate as for safety reasons they require their own seat.PRIVATE HELICOPTER CHARTER EX CAIRNS (on request only)
  •  $1,190 (2 passengers – weight & luggage restrictions apply)
  •  $2,845 (up to 6 passengers – weight & luggage restrictions apply)

By Road

All road transfers are non-commissionable

Mt Mulligan Lodge can also be accessed by road; a 2.5 to 3 hour 4WD adventure from Cairns. We can assist with private road transfers (through a third party) as follows:

  •  Cairns Airport/CBD Hotel to Mt Mulligan Lodge – 1 to 4 passengers, $960 one way
  •  Cairns Airport/CBD Hotel to Mt Mulligan Lodge – 4 to 6 passengers, $1,200 one way
  •  Cairns Airport/CBD Hotel to Mt Mulligan Lodge – 7 to 10 passengers, $1,800 one way
  •  Daintree Ecolodge to Mt Mulligan Lodge – 1 to 4 passengers, $1,800 one way
  •  Daintree Ecolodge to Mt Mulligan Lodge – 7 to 10 passengers, $2,040 one way

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