Life & Style Weekend - - ESCAPE -

A lit­tle glimpse at the coun­try’s rus­tic past while not los­ing any lux­u­ries is what vis­i­tors can ex­pect from the Salt­bush Re­treat. It was re­cently taken over by Damien and Judy Kennedy and David and Tanya Neal, who are sea­soned ac­com­mo­da­tion providers, hav­ing run the Lon­greach Mo­tor Inn for 12 years. The re­treat is the only 4.5-star prop­erty in Lon­greach and of­fers fully self-con­tained com­forts. Rooms are decked out in charm­ing gems from yes­ter­year, such as oil lamps that have been elec­tri­fied and clever metal work. For those who en­joy gaz­ing at the stars, the out­door bath tubs are just the way to re­lax af­ter a long day of ex­plor­ing. Just a short stroll from the Qan­tas Founders Mu­seum and Aus­tralian Stock­man’s Hall of Fame, it’s in the ideal lo­ca­tion for vis­i­tors. Mr Kennedy said the rooms were com­fort­able and unique, and could be en­joyed at any time of the year with the help of air-con­di­tion­ing. “There’s no doubt that be­cause of the open­ing up of out­back Aus­tralia over the last three or four decades, places like Uluru or Lon­greach, it’s be­cause of those op­por­tu­ni­ties made avail­able to our ur­ban friends, more and more Aus­tralians are tak­ing up that op­por­tu­nity,” Mr Kennedy said. “The thing we have is the unique peo­ple and the unique prod­uct and we have to work very hard. “We don’t have the waves or the moun­tains, we have to do what we can to en­hance what we have.”

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