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Wildman Wilderness Lodge in the Mary River Wetlands, midway between Darwin and Kakadu National Park is a small but high-quality operation that offers an extraordinary wetland wildlife experience.

This boutique safari lodge has a variety of environmentally sensitive activities that include tours of Kakadu National Park and cruising on the Mary River. Despite its remote location, the lodge offers all modern comforts, great accommodation, delicious meals and an excellent selection of wines. When it’s time to relax after a full day exploring, you can enjoy the facilities of its restaurant, bar, lounge and pool – which make it perfect for both families and couples, and special events.

The focal point of the property is the central lodge, which epitomises Top End architecture. Designed for maximum comfort whatever the season and featuring a spacious lounge bar, its relaxed and informal atmosphere makes it an ideal place to wind down at the end of the day. The building’s design allows air to circulate freely, and it is fully insect-screened and fan-cooled; the spacious lounge bar is air-conditioned. Accommodation consists of 10 air-conditioned cabins and 15 safari-style tents; both these options feature en suite bathrooms and stylish finishes that create a touch of luxury in the wilderness.

The story of the lodge is an epic. Wildman started life as Wrotham Park, 300 kilometres to the west of Cairns. When this closed in 2009, the buildings were dismantled, loaded onto road trains and transported 2,800 kilometres across Australia. Unloaded in their new setting, they formed the basis of the sophisticated accommodation that is now the lodge – the ultimate in recycling! Environmental best practice was used with regard to power, and the treatment of water and sewerage, with the aim of minimising environmental impact.

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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 itinerary:

Crocodile & Jabiru Self-drive

This self-drive trip covers the best of the Top End, visiting four national parks: Mary River, Kakadu, Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) and Litchfield. Various excursions designed to showcase these iconic locations are included, but there’s still time to do your own thing and arrange activities locally .

  • When to go: Apr-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Mary River National Park

150 kilometres east of Darwin, Mary River National Park consists of various small reserves that protect the catchment area of the river and its floodplain. Freshwater billabongs, paperbark and monsoon forests offer excellent opportunities for watching wildlife, fishing, bushwalking and photography.

  • Where: Northern Territory
  • Ideal for viewing: saltwater crocodile, magpie goose, black-necked stork, white-bellied sea eagle, water buffalo
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris