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Mary River – Wildman Wilderness Lodge


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Sun deck
  • Outdoor lounge

Overview – Wildman Wilderness Lodge

The environmentally sensitive Wildman Wilderness Lodge offers a high end wetlands safari experience in the teeming floodplains surrounding the pristine Mary River.

Exquisitely remote yet easily accessible by sealed road or by air, Wildman Wilderness Lodge is set on a spectacular floodplain halfway between Darwin and Kakadu. These incredible wetlands are fed by the Mary River and its ten tributaries, swelling to over 8,000 square kilometres during the wet season and shrinking to a series of pools and billabongs in the dry. This eco-lodge opens its doors around March or April, when the heavy downpours have eased, and shuts down in October or November, when the ‘Big Wet’ cycle begins again.

Constructed entirely out of recycled material salvaged from a defunct resort in Far North Queensland, Wildman Wilderness Lodge comprises of a central lodge, 10 freestanding, beautifully appointed cabins and 15 safari-style tents. The Wildman Restaurant provides three delicious meals a day utilising the region’s freshest seasonal produce along with elements inspired by local culture. If you happen to reel in perch, bream or barramundi on a fishing tour, your chef can even prepare this for your supper. At the central lodge, enjoy a drink at the spacious bar, sprawl out on comfortable cushioned seats in the outdoor lounge or soak up the sun by the gleaming pool.

Activities here are completely dependent on the weather, with billabong cruises and airboat excursions when water levels are high enough. March and April are ideal for angling and water-based outings, but walking tracks are often closed. Relatively cool May and June are dry, making these months ideal for exploring on foot. Happily, boating operations are usually still available during this period. From July to September, millions of birds converge on remaining waterholes turning the area into a twitcher’s paradise. Airboat tours may cease operation in these months if water levels drop too low. Dark clouds begin rolling in around October and November, with dazzling electrical storms to see. Fat raindrops cause termite mounds to pop up all over the landscape seemingly overnight, making for interesting photography.

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Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Rooms – Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Whether you prefer sleeping in a permanent structure or under canvas, there’s something for you at Wildman Wilderness Lodge. Whichever your choice, enjoy a proper bed and access to a modern private ensuite bathroom.

Cabin 25-30m²
Known as “Habitats”, these contemporary raised timber structures have floor to ceiling windows, affording breathtaking views of the surrounding environment. Air-conditioning, luxury bedding and premium fittings make these cabins a haven of cool comfort after a long day of wilderness explorations. Capacity: 2 persons

Safari Tent 50m²
A fantastic option for the adventurous traveller who wants to be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the bush while still having access to modern luxuries such as a private ensuite bathroom and ceiling fan. These luxe ‘tents’ are really just rooms constructed on wooden platforms with canvas walls and ceilings. Mesh windows allow guests to listen to nature’s soundtrack as they slumber. Ten of these tents can accommodate families, with space for two additional single beds. Capacity: From 2 persons

Wildman Wilderness Lodge
Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Facilities – Wildman Wilderness Lodge

  • 10 cabins and 15 safari-style tents
  • Wildman Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Sundeck
  • Outdoor lounge with fire bowl
Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Activities (extra cost) – Wildman Wilderness Lodge

  • Wetlands airboat safaris
  • Guided fishing excursions
  • Kakadu National Park full day tours
  • Billabong crocodile cruises
  • Mary River Rockhole boating
  • Leichhardt Point sundowners
  • Culture walks
  • Scenic flights
Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Wildman Wilderness Lodge

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Getting There

From Darwin, Wildman Wilderness Lodge is around two hours’ drive south-east along the sealed Arnhem Highway. The property also has a well-maintained bush airstrip that caters for light aircraft or helicopters; flying from Darwin takes approximately 30 minutes.

Combine With

Visit the Kimberley for the endless skies and arid plains, or Alice Springs & Uluru to experience Australia’s Red Centre.

  • A remote eco-lodge set upon a pristine Mary River floodplain
  • Sleeping options to suit both adventurous and comfort-loving travellers
  • Environmental best practices for minimal disturbance to nature
  • Delightful bush-inspired meals prepared with seasonal produce
  • A range of water and land-based outings (weather dependent)
  • Amazing fishing opportunities
  • Ever-changing, utterly wild surroundings
  • Some of Australia’s biggest saltwater crocodiles
  • Abundant birdlife including rare migratory species
  • Proximity to the world-renowned Kakadu National Park

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