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Since it was set up in 1986 at Mount Borradaile, Arnhemland Safari Lodge has evolved to offer accommodation and facilities that complement the wilderness experience, plus a wide range of activities.

Mount Borradaile is an aboriginal sacred site in a remote  700 square-kilometre wilderness that nestles against the Arnhem Land escarpment – a landscape of rugged mountains fringed by billabongs, flood plains, paper bark swamps and monsoon rainforests. The area is owned and managed by its traditional custodians, the Amurdak people, who have lived here for around 50,000 years. Their story is evident in the many tools, ceremonial grounds and rock art paintings still being uncovered today. 

Situated in the bush, the lodge has a tastefully furnished communal space with a dining area, lounge, bar, library with internet, and a large outdoor deck for alfresco dining, overlooking a sandstone-paved pool. The camp’s two hubs are the lounge, where you can relax, meet fellow-travellers, and exchange tales of adventure , and the dining room, which is known for its quality food, fine wines and relaxed atmosphere.  Although visitors are not allowed to bring alcohol to Arnhem Land, there is a well-stocked bar. The lodge can accommodate over 40 guests, however there is a deliberate policy of trying to keep numbers a minimum when possible.

Accommodation consists of two categories of cabins, each with its own unique setting and a patio where you can relax in the cool of the evening. Designed to provide exceptional comfort in the tropics, they allow fresh air to enter and offer vistas of the surrounding bush.  Private, free-standing cabins have twin or queen-size beds, verandah and en suite bathroom; an additional bed can be added on request. Deluxe cabins are more spacious with a queen-size bed, en suite bathroom, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Rooms are serviced on a daily basis if requested, and there is complimentary laundry service and free WiFi access. Rates include all meals, tours and activities, barramundi fishing and the permit required to enter Arnhem Land.

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Key info

  • Available*: Jan-Dec * The dates shown are when the accommodation is generally available. Please enquire for specific availability.

Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Kakadu Wildlife Bonanza

This special journey through Australia’s tropical Outback – the Top End – is for curious adventurers with a taste for wilderness and wildlife. During your stay in Arnhem Land at Kakadu and Mary River National Parks you’ll walk and visit rock art sites, and learn about the Top End’s remarkable fauna.

  • When to go: Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wings over the Top End

Flying over Kakadu National Park, and into Bamurru plains and Arnhem Land, gives you a fantastic bird’s-eye view of the incredibly rich biodiversity. The coastal floodplains of Northern Australia are home to prolific birdlife, while Kakadu and Arnhem Land are the heartland of its indigenous culture.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,845 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Arnhem Land

Located in the north-eastern corner of Australia’s Northern Territory, around 500 kilometres from the capital Darwin, Arnhem Land’s prolific wildlife includes the region’s largest predator – the saltwater crocodile – along with dugong and nesting turtles. It is home to hundreds of bird species.

  • Where: Northern Territory
  • Ideal for viewing: saltwater crocodile, dugong, barramundi, azure kingfisher, black-necked stork
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris