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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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