Set amidst the savannah woodland, grassland and freshwater wetland of the Atherton Tablelands, Jabiru Safari Lodge offers safari-style accommodation and the exceptional beauty of the Mareeba Wetlands
Accommodation is in three African-style deluxe tented safari cabins with en suite bathroom. These are well-appointed with comfortable queen-size beds and one single bed with all linen and toiletries; there is 240 volt power, a fridge, and tea and coffee-making facilities. The cabins are spacious and light with a shaded private timber deck with a BBQ, table and comfortable chairs – perfect for birdwatching, reading and enjoying the sights, sounds and scents of the Australian tropical savannah.
Another two spacious and light tented eco-cabins are furnished with comfortable double and single beds and have an en suite bathroom. Natural materials such as timber floors complement the warm tones of the furniture. None of the cabins have telephones or televisions.
An all-inclusive tariff covers accommodation, all meals, one wildlife safari each day, canoeing on Clancy’s Lagoon, self-guided walks and membership of the Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland. A minimum two night stay is recommended to allow sufficient time to experience both morning and sunset wildlife safaris, and the full range of activities. Alternatively, accommodation is available on a bed and breakfast basis.
All activities in the reserve are operated in a unique partnership with the Wildlife Conservancy. Here you can enjoy game drives in the lodge’s custom-designed, open safari vehicle with an expert naturalist guide –kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos, emus and wild pigs are regularly sighted. Another highlight is watching the prolific birdlife of Pandanus Lagoon from a hide – the reserve’s 222 species include jabirus, jacanas, black swans, pelicans, magpie geese, egrets, ibis, cormorants and darters, and – in season - the evening roost of several hundred brolgas and sarus cranes. You can canoe, bushwalk or go birding at your own pace or with a guide. After stargazing in the magnificent southern sky you fall asleep to the distinctive call of the curlew, then wake to a dawn chorus alive with the sounds of the blue-winged kookaburra and brolga.
Available*: Jan-Dec* The dates shown are when the accommodation is generally available. Please enquire for specific availability.
is featured in the following itineraries:
This comprehensive self-drive visit to Northern Queensland includes the great ‘must-dos’ – a relaxing cruise on the Great Barrier Reef and a stay in Daintree Rainforest – as well as an opportunity to explore lesser known places and see the region’s wildlife on excursions with expert local operators.
When to go: Apr-Nov
Duration inc. flights: 17 days
Price inc. flights: From £4,195 pp
Tailor-made trip idea
This trip offers opportunities to see and photograph a broad span of India’s fabulous wildlife, including one-horned rhinoceros, sloth bear, wild dog and tiger. Accompanied by expert wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt, you will visit some of India’s quieter reserves for a rewarding and memorable experience.
When to go: Mar
Duration inc. flights: 20 days
Price inc. flights: From £5,095 pp
Trip type: Group tour
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The Atherton Tablelands occupy 32,000 square kilometres of fertile plateau in part of Queensland’s Great Dividing Range, inland from Cairns. Although it lies within tropical latitudes, the elevation of between 500 and 1,280 metres gives a climate suitable for dairy farming.
Ideal for viewing: Atherton scrubwren, bush stone-curlew, sarus crane, pied monarch, tooth-billed bowerbird