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Opened in April 2011, Wildman Wilderness Lodge is situated on the beautiful Mary River Wetlands - around half way between Darwin and Kakadu - and offers travellers the opportunity to explore this amazing region while staying in a choice of stylish eco lodge and safari tent accommodation.
Wildman is a small-scale, high quality safari lodge featuring a variety of boutique and environmentally sensitive touring options, including tours of Kakadu National Park and cruising on the Mary River. Its teeming wildlife and unique tours a world far removed from your own, yet with all the modern comforts of great accommodation, delicious meals and wine to enjoy at the end of each day.
Probably the greatest example of recycling in Australian tourism, the core buildings for the new Wildman Wilderness lodge were once better known as Wrotham Park Station in Central Far North Queensland. In early November 2009 a team of builders moved onto that site and took 28 days to dismantle the entire resort infrastructure down to all the fixtures and fittings.
The cabin verandas and awnings were removed and the cabin structures lifted onto the back of semi trailers. The central bar and restaurant facility was dismantled piece by piece - with around 70% of it saved for the move. Two staff accommodation units were also packed up. Power generators, the water treatment system and the sewage treatment system along with key electrical infrastructure were also dismantled and readied for the journey. Water tanks have been sold to local station owners with new tanks being purchased for Wildman.
18 triple road trains transported the entirely dismantled infrastructure 2800km across country to a warehouse in Darwin where it currently sits under tarpaulins waiting for the last of the wet season to finish, so that construction can commence in earnest.
Wildman Wilderness Lodge offers two distinct styles of accommodation. There are 10 air conditioned habitats from Wrotham park Lodge. These are free standing, fully air conditioned structures with all the amenities expected in a luxury lodge including premium quality furnishings, king size beds and ensuite bathrooms.
15 new spacious safari tents have been custom designed for the site to complete the accommodation. Each is fan cooled with a private bathroom and luxurious bedding. Five tents are configured for families and sleep up to four people. The main lodge - also from Wrotham - has been expanded to house the bar and restaurant which engenders a low key but stylish place to relax for breakfast right throughout the day to after dinner drinks.
Wildman Wilderness Lodge operates between April and November each year closing for the wet season.