I wavered between 4-star and 5-star rating on this one, only because there were less birds on view than we expected. The lodge itself is beautifully located--out of the way, but not difficult to get to--and nicely set up. The open-air main building overlooks the water and is a great place to watch the sun set while sipping your beverage of choice. Our safari tent was similar to luxury tents we've slept in on Africa trips. Since we visited in July, we had no problem with heat, in fact, one of the nights, we were happy to have the nice warm comforter on the bed. Temperatures were actually perfect. Very few mozzies, considering the tents are a few metres from the water. A group of wild emus wanders around the lodge and grounds, not afraid of people and quite happy to be photographed.
As far as we were concerned, the icing on the cake was the hosts, who were more than keen to make sure we enjoyed our stay.
Note: you may as well plan to eat at the lodge, as there's nothing much else available anywhere close and the lodge food is good.
So go for the bush atmosphere, the comfortable accommodations, the friendly hosts and don't fuss too much about seeing mobs of birds, which may or may not be there. This WAS the only place on our trip around northern Queensland & the NT where we saw black swans.
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