Where is it? Perched on an escarpment by Queensland's Mitchell River, within a large working cattle station. Established in the 19th century to feed gold miners, this remote property (300km west of Cairns) allows guests to experience rural Australian life without compromising on luxury. What's different about it? It's one of the country's most sophisticated bush resorts, offering five-star comforts such as air-conditioning, internet access, sun decks and fine cuisine. Crates of champagne, top Australian wines, fresh tropical fruit and Cuban cigars are brought in by truck or flown in with the guests in a Cessna aircraft. What is there to do? Activities revolve around the timetable of one of Australia's largest working cattle stations. The half-day station tour is an eye-opener, with visits to stockyards and a homestead and a peep at how the stationhands muster the property's 50,000-strong herd. There are regular stops at picturesque spots and morning tea (emu sandwiches, scones and bush tea) is served by a picturesque lagoon. What else? A one-hour nature walk follows a trail along the river, with views of the escarpment above. You'll learn about bush plants, see lots of birds and, if you're lucky, spot a crocodile or two. Quad-bike farm tours are loads of fun. For a more relaxing option, you can try fishing in the Mitchell River. Helicopter flights over the property provide an adrenalin-pumping experience as the pilot chases cattle and brumbies beneath the tree line. How big is big? The entire property is 597,000 hectares - one-third of the size of Wales and larger than the Grand Canyon. However, there are only 10 rooms and a maximum of 20 guests at any one time. What about the decor? It's authentic Australian Outback meets Vogue Living. The main homestead has an airy open-plan design with a plunge pool overlooking the river. A large 'campfire' is surrounded by comfortable seats. The air-conditioned living area has a library, a large flat-screen plasma television set, board games and a fully equipped bar. Guest cabins are elegant and contemporary, with floor-to-ceiling glass panels that bring the outside in. Large 'bush' showers with views of the escarpment deserve special mention. And the food? The standard of cuisine at Wrotham Park rivals any top city restaurant. Meals are included in the tariff and the chefs put their creativity to the test by inventing menus daily. Kangaroo carpaccio, pepperberry-dusted emu and hot smoked barramundi are typical. What's the bottom line? Nightly rates of A$620 (HK$4,500) per person (twin share) include all meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, a half-day cattle station tour and many other activities such as canoeing and horse riding. Voyages Wrotham Park Lodge, tel: 612 8296 8010; www.wrothampark.com.au .