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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Launching… The Australia Collection

In a move that looks a lot like it was cleverly timed to coincide with the release of Baz Luhrmann’s colossal geopic Australia, but was really just blind luck with bells on, we’re please to announce the addition of a host of Aussie hotels to Mr & Mrs Smith’s collection.

Queensland, Australia

Until last week, we had just one hotel down under – the grand and glam Tower Lodge in the Hunter Valley – but now we’ve spread our net across the continent from the culinary capital Melbourne and the New World winelands beyond Sydney to the iconic Red Centre, tropical Top End, the Kimberley, Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.