Luxury resort opens in outback

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CAIRNS, Australia -- This country has long been known for its island resorts, and in recent years, upmarket resorts have opened in other parts of the country, notably the Red Center around Uluru.

The latest resort, Wrotham Park Station, located on a property with working cattle 200 miles west of Cairns on the banks of the Mitchell River in northern Queensland, welcomed its first guests last month.

Wrotham Park accommodates up to 20 guests in 10 private guest quarters. The accommodations, dining and living area, library and open bar feature pioneer designs and furnishings.

From the oversized deck guests can watch the sunsets that are a highlight of the area; lazing by the pool is another option.

Guest activities include guided station tours on horseback, cattle mustering, fishing for barramundi in the Mitchell River, evening spotlight tours and stargazing.

Meals are served at a traditional homestead dining table. World-class beef is a highlight, as is the selection of wines.

Rates at Wrotham Park start at about $570 per person, per night, double, including accommodations, all meals and beverages and activities.

Guests travel to Wrotham Park Station via scheduled Skytrans air service from Cairns, private charter or a rented four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Wrotham Park is owned by Voyages Hotels & Resorts, which has other Australian resort icons in its portfolio. These include Lizard Island, Bedarra Island, Silky Oaks Lodge, Longitude 131 and Cradle Mountain Lodge.

Package combinations are available. For example, guests can combine two nights at Wrotham Park Station with three nights at Lizard Island or two nights at Wrotham Park with two nights at Silky Oaks Lodge.

Commissions vary from 10% to 20%, based on the amount of business, according to a representative for Voyages Hotels & Resorts.

For further information, call  (800) 225 9849 or visit www.wrothampark.com.au.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to [email protected].

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