This remarkable safari lodge in Australia's Top End, set across nearly 200 square miles of land along the Mary River, is surrounded by diverse and wildlife-rich natural habitats, including floodplains and wetlands, forests and savannah woodlands. There are just ten rustic bungalows on stilts with mesh walls on three sides (for the most intimate connection with nature) as well as lantern lighting, comfortable beds and flourishes of local art. No televisions, phone reception or internet interrupt the tranquillity here, forcing guests to fully unwind and re-connect with nature in a way that is so often hard to come by.
Wake to the dawn chorus of thousands of Magpie geese, then - after a hearty breakfast – set out to explore these pristine surroundings on a guided nature walk, game drive, quadbike adventure, river cruise or airboat safari. During the heat of the day, sink into one of the wicker sofas in the main lodge or cool off in the swimming pool as the wildlife follows a similar pattern. Help yourself to a gin and tonic from the bar at sunset before tucking into a three-course bush-inspired dinner (kangaroo skewers say, followed by crispy barramundi with lime salsa), enjoyed around the communal table while sharing tales of the day’s adventures.
Wildlife and nature enthusiasts
Those seeking to get completely off-grid
THINGS TO DO AT THE CAMP:
Wake to the call of Magpie geese as the dawn light seeps across the floodplains
Ascend to the canopy-level hide to observe the wildlife and birds from a different perspective
Take a cooling dip in the infinity-edge pool
Help yourself to a glass of shiraz from the self-service bar and settle in to observe the activities of wallabies, cockatoo and buffalo play out in front of you
Round off the day with sundowner drinks and canapés, taking in the ever-changing colours of dusk across the plains
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Set out on a river cruise on search of Sampan Creek’s vast population of saltwater crocodiles
Take a thrilling ride across the floodplains on airboat safari
Enjoy a guided walk through paperbark forests, tracking wildlife and perhaps happening upon a hidden billabong
Keep an eye out for brumbies, dingos and wallabies on an open-top safari drive or quad bike adventure
Set out on a day trip by light aircraft to the Kakadu National Park to discover its Aboriginal rock art galleries and the East Alligator River
Fish for barramundi on the creeks of the Mary River System
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