El Questro Homestead
Refined comfort has arrived in the outback. El Questro Homestead is a soothing six-room refuge in million-acre El Questro Wilderness Park, set amid vast manicured lawns and leafy gardens. The hotel’s timber verandas, linen- covered furniture, and recycled wood beds bring a rustic yet contemporary feel to the bush. There are plenty of opportunities for getting up close and personal with nature, including hikes to Champagne Springs and soaks in the thermal pools of Zebedee Springs, which local Aborigines believe have healing qualities. You could also absorb it all in one fell swoop: scenic helicopter flights are the only way to access some distant water holes, making for a lofty immersion into the park’s vast and varied terrain.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.