Lodge? No. Upmarket camping, yes. 4 person tents on a built in hard tiled surface with proper ensuites which include great showers. Very well done. The main group area includes a kitchen equipped with an executive chef, ie no cooking required! And a wonderful covered deck/aka outdoor dining area looking over the most spectacular bush scene for as far as the eye can see. It faces west and the sunsets are spectacular.
Back to the chef. The meals are equal to a 5 star restaurant. The nibbles and entrees start about 5. Tempura prawns, crumbed fish, oysters... By 6 you are enjoying plates and plates of mud crab! Then on to the main. First night at dinner we enjoyed some of the best steak I have eaten. The next few nights we enjoyed the wonderful fish we had caught. The desserts look like a cooking show creation! We all laughed, not at the quality or look, but at the irony, aren't we supposed to be roughing it? someone commented... There is no roughing it at this joint! Service and style all the way even if you are in a 4 person tent/cabin.
The fishing is fantastic. Expert guides who do everything for you. We caught loads of barra and didn't have to touch one fish apart from the obligatory photo for the first catch or biggest etc. Great if you've never been fishing like me. What a thrill to catch a fish in such a beautiful natural, unspoilt environment. The scenery leaves you in awe. Wonderful salt water rivers wend their way this way and that. It's a water maze that the guide expertly navigated through to his favourite wee fishing holes. We were fortunate enough to see some crocs both in the water and on the banks. Completely safe, in fact they don't like the boats and stay away. Incredible bird life everywhere including sea eagles and kookaburras to name a couple. All in all a spectacular experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a remote area of the Northern Territory, the Award-winning Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge has been voted Australia’s Best Fishing Experience. The area is also an important bird watching destination; the Red Goshawk, Gouldian Finches (large flocks), Northern Shrike-tit and the Great-billed Heron to name a few. Safari Cabins are equipped with an ensuite bathroom and bar fridge. There are also safari tents available. Sumptuous meals are cooked by the experienced chef. ... more less