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Davidson's Arnhemland Safari Lodge

Mount Borradaile West Arnhemland, Northern Territory Australia
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Come and share the wonders of Mt Borradaile, the lily-covered billabongs and waterways teeming with birds, crocodiles and barramundi. The adjacent escarpment hides quality Aboriginal rock art in old habitation caves and shelters, where the history of the region is vividly depicted in ochre paintings. Elegant hunting figures with spears and boomerangs illustrate life up to 50,000 years ago, while vibrant spirit figures and ships show the evolution of the world’s oldest continuing living culture.The newly rebuilt safari lodge melts into the surrounding bush, with the new ensuite cabins built to embrace the top end climate. Deluxe ensuite cabins provide a few more luxuries for those who enjoy a little spoiling. The central hub overlooks the pool and offers cold beers, wines and spirits at the bar for guests to enjoy in the lounge area or the poolside deck after an exhilarating day.Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris is located on a 700km² exclusive lease in northwest Arnhemland, only fifty minutes by light plane from Darwin. Mt Borradaile is a registered Aboriginal sacred site, a uniquely spectacular and culturally significant place entrusted by the traditional owners to Max Davidson and his highly trained guides to share with small groups of visitors.
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We had a fantastic four days concentrating on viewing the rock art sites. Scott was our personal guide for the whole time and was brilliant, very helpful and knowledgeable. Also top marks to the chef as all of our meals were excellent. Highly recommended for anyone interested in aboriginal rock art and looking for a remote yet comfortable wilderness adventure. Thanks to all the staff at the Lodge and a special thanks to Charlie whose generosity makes it all possible.
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We were a group of four friends, two long-term Territorians and a couple of Queenslanders, and Davidsons came highly recommended. Every accolade is well-deserved! Our cabins, the location and amenities, catering and staff were all outstanding. We especially appreciated the flexibility and knowledge of our guide Scott. In our small group, we joined with two other guests who were visiting from the Netherlands. Scott looked after the least mobile member of our group with careful choices of paths and passages whilst making sure that no-one missed the ancient art and extensive evidence of Aboriginal culture that this special place has. Every day had highlights and was varied with activities ranging from bush medicine walks to barramundi fishing on the billabong. We flew from Darwin by small plane and the whole arrangement was totally effortless. Thanks to Ray and the whole team for a great experience. If you never go, you'll never know!!
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Davidson’s is amazing. It’s run by Balanda (non Aboriginal people) but in close contact with Charlie - the elder of the Traditional Owners - and always with the highest respect for the Aboriginal owners. On face value, it’s an expensive trip but it’s worth it with the most amazing rock art, stunning bush walks and boat trips. Staying in fantastic cabins with (quiet) fans and great bathrooms in amazing surroundings. The staff are very knowledgeable, experienced, respectful, It’s defo worth the money. Three delicious, plentiful meals a day will keep you full and feeling like you ate at a fancy restaurant - it’s top quality. Thank you Charlie for sharing your amazing country and Thank you to all the staff who taught us loads and fed us well!! Highly recommended.
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Davidson's has a great rating already and after reading all the reviews I can only concur (so won't go into detail). The experience is well worth the money. Incredibly the people we met (guests and guides) were a major part of the appeal and we normally don't like guided travel. I couldn't recommend more highly!
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We stayed at Davidson’s for three nights as part of a journey through Kakadu and Arnhem Land. We drove in after crossing Cahills Crossing. We loved our stay here. The food was wonderful..one night was a particularly memorable meal of lamb ...yummy. The staff are knowledgeable and exude love of country. Our guide Lachlan tailored our expeditions to our particular interests and took us to the most amazing rock art sites. The bird life ( our other interest) was outstanding and we were able to take some very special photos. His knowledge of plants, aboriginal customs and bird species was a highlight of our trip. We will return !
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