Travel gallery: the views Outback

Late last year, we dispatched our antipodean hotel expert, Sam, on a mission to uncover the best boutique hotels in Australia. She not only uncovered some of the most mind-blowingly stylish stays south of the equator, she also proved to be pretty handy with a camera.

Back at Smith HQ, we were braced for politely nodding our way through yet another round of holiday snaps, but Sam pulled some startling National Geographic-worthy images out of the bag. There were far too many to post here, but here’s a selection from her adventures in the Red Centre, the Kimberly, and the Top End

The Cockburn Range – El Questro Homestead

The Cockburn Range, Australia

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Sunrise over Bamurru Plains

Bamarru Plains sunset

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The Chamberlain River – El Questro Homestead

Chamberlain River by night

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Branco’s Lookout – El Questro Homestead

Outback river

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Kata Tjuta – Longitude 131º

Kata Tjuta, Red Centre

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Buffalo at sunrise – Bamurru Plains

Buffalo at sunset

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Baob Tree – El Questro Homestead

Boab Tree, Australian Outback

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Wetlands – Bamurru Plains

Bamurru Plains, Australia

If, like us, you’re feeling inspired by Sam’s photo-tour of the Australian Outback, and fancy checking out the wonders down under for yourself, then have a look at Mr & Mrs Smith’s Australia hotel collection as well as our selection of self-catering rentals.  Each luxurious property has been cherry-picked by Sam; and, as you can see from these shots, she’s got an eye for the dramatic…

Keep your eye on our blog for more fantastic images from our hotel-hunting adventures – we promise to post more as soon as our photographic skills are up to Sam’s standard. Which could take a while…

Pictures: ©Samantha Anderson 2008

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Before joining Mr & Mrs Smith, managing editor Anthony Leyton was at The Independent, writing about universities for the Push Guides. As you can imagine, it was a tough task persuading him to exchange league tables for luxury holiday retreats and halls of residence for hip hotels. Anthony has penned pieces for publications both top-drawer (The Telegraph) and top-shelf (Fiesta), and he has had a love of travel ever since he found bullet holes in the walls of a hotel room in New Orleans. He also has too many pets. But that's another tale altogether.

There are 17 comments for this article
  1. Erica at 5:51 pm

    Sam surely has an eye for the dramatic. Stunning images, especially the sunrise over Bamurru Plains.

  2. Beth Whitman at 4:01 pm

    Love the photo of the wetlands. I’m a big fan of the Outback, having spent quite a bit of time there myself. Nothing like a bit of open space to really open your mind and heart!

  3. Carolina at 5:52 pm

    You’re right you can’t just nod your way through these pictures, they’re awesome.

  4. Stormcry at 12:02 am

    Great shots but I like the wetlands picture most

  5. Charles Corum at 5:25 am

    I’ve traveled a great deal in Australia, and love the country and the people; but what beautiful pictures such as these can’t show is the unbelievable swarms of flies, and heat!

  6. Jackie at 4:49 am

    Stunning. Simply stunning. Having never been to Australia, these shots remind me some of Africa too. Especially the baob tree. Thanks for these.
    : )

  7. Decker at 8:28 am

    Might want to do a bit of homework. No such thing as buffalo in Australia, mate.

  8. Anthony Author at 9:48 am

    @Decker

    Au contraire, Australia has one of the world’s largest free-ranging populations of feral water buffalo (bubulus bubalis, taxonomy fans) in the world. So ner.

    Thanks for all the comments everyone, pretty pics are clearly the way forward, blog-wise. I just hope Sam doesn’t give up her work here at Smith and go pro…

  9. Sam at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for your lovely comments everyone, there are plenty more where they came from. Stay tuned for the next series….

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