The scenery in Alice Springs is unlike anywhere else I’ve been. Its bold earthy tones, rugged rocks and clear blue skies strike such a contrast to Australia’s urban landscapes. Given its unique beauty, it makes sense to stay somewhere where these vistas can be appreciated. Enter Squeaky Windmill Boutique B&B.
Perched on the edge of the Western MacDonnell Ranges (15kms from the Alice Springs CBD) the B&B comprises of two “tents”, each accommodating two people. These “tents” fall rather high on the tent-glam-spectrum, each with an ensuite bathroom, large bedroom, efficient heater (we were snug as a bug!), kitchenette and deck – the perfect vantage point from which to admire Central Australia’s golden beauty.
After a cuppa and a bit of time basking in the tranquility of it all, we were treated to the most delectable sunset canapes by one of the territory’s top chefs – Athol Wark.
Athol seriously knows his stuff. He’s been making delicious food in Alice Springs since 2001 (although has been a chef for much longer) and is passionate about showcasing and promoting local flavours. When he’s not helping out the Squeaky Windmill crew, you can find him in town at Yayes Cafe.
Dinner (if you can fit it in!) is an awesome BBQ hamper comprising of succulent meats, fresh bread from the local bakery, salad ingredients that have been grown down the road, Baileys ice cream for dessert, wine, and (very importantly!) marshmallows to enjoy by the fire. The “tent” is equipped with a Baby Weber Q BBQ, so whipping up a quick barbie is no trouble at all.
A light brekkie is provided in the morning, best to be enjoyed on the deck while taking in the crisp beauty of a new day.
This experience is part of a larger series of content we are producing for Tourism NT. To check out what else we’ve been up to, head to the @territorytaste Instagram page (we’ll be hanging out there until the end of August 2017).