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Mary River Wilderness Retreat & Caravan Park
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We were a family of three and booked a family cabin. The first thing to say was that the advertised deck consisted of one chair and table. You would never be able to get another chair on it was so small. Other decks were a good size so why chose this as a family room. Pillows were in short supply. Pool was small but warm. Very nice location next to river with wildlife present - especially at night so do not forget yout tourch. Resturant is very limited if you are staying more than one night. There is another resturatnt a bit further up the road (Bark Hut) which oddly has the same items on their more extensive menu. The self drive boat trip is worth doing and reasonably priced - birds, crocs and lots of bats.

Room Tip: If a family, not room 24
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We stayed three nights in this wilderness retreat which is about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Darwin. We arrived around 9pm and followed the signs to reception. Check-in was efficient and there is a torch on the room key ring which made it easy to find our way to cabin 14.

The cabin is clean but appropriately furnished for a wilderness retreat: queen and single bed, two night tables, bathroom with shower, fan, air conditioning and a bar fridge. There is a small veranda with a table and two chairs. The corrugated iron cabins are rustic but comfortable.

The grounds are parklike and attractive with trees and wildlife (wallabies). Although near the highway there was no traffic noise.

We had two dinners in the restaurant and enjoyed our meals. The food was fine (there are about seven options for mains and desserts are sticky date pudding or ice cream options) and the service very friendly. Drinks were very reasonably priced which was appreciated.

Breakfast is just okay, juice, cereal, yoghurt, toast and instant coffee.

We did use our insect repellent in the evenings and recommend bringing some along.

Bronwyn was very helpful and provided good information on what to see and what roads are appropriate for the vehicle we were driving.

We recommend this friendly, pleasant wilderness retreat.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Spent 4 nights in a poolside bungalow here and wished I could have stayed another week. My son and I were escaping the cold down south and booked here due to the great reviews and promised tranquility. We were not disappointed. After 4 days in an incredibly noisy apartment in Darwin, this place was heaven. The staff are fantastic, friendly and nothing is too much trouble. The pool bungalows are super clean and beds very comfortable and having your own quiet pool in peak season is a blessing as the main pool was fairly busy. After one day doing the long drive into Kakadu and back we decided to spend the rest of our time just relaxing around the campsite, swimming, reading and just chilling on our verandah. We had the whole deluxe cabin area pretty much to ourselves - wonderful. It was also so nice to have a complete break from tv, clocks, stereos, phone etc.
The restaurant menu was limited but the food was delicious and you can bring your own provisions and cook in the camp kitchen. The walks on the property are pleasant and its lovely to be surrounded by wildlife and the immaculate green grounds. I cannot recommend this place highly enough for those looking for a quiet retreat surrounded by nature.

Room Tip: Choose the pool bungalows in peak season if you want peace and privacy.
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

The retreat offers cabins, van & camping sights. We pre-booked our accommodation on line & had spoken to an extremely helpful reception desk before commencing our travels.
We arrived at 8.30pm and had booked a garden cabin. As the place is a Wilderness Retreat, paths to the cabins aren't lit up, but all keys have a mini torch attached to help guide your way. It would have been easier to arrive during daylight, transferring luggage from the car, however we did manage plus it added to the rustic charm of the place.
Cabins are basic, but spotlessly clean, freshly painted, & seem to be newish. We had a queen & single bed in our room, small ensuite shower, fridge & kettle.
Sitting on the verandah late afternoon was tranquil with the wallabies in the distance. A microwave, toaster & cooking facilities were available down at the camp kitchen if you needed to use them. I loved that there was no television in the room & no Telstra mobile service. It meant teenage kids weren't on there phones 24/7. Ice was available from reception for day tripping.
The retreat had a couple of small bush walks you could do, down near the river which were quite pleasant.
We did eat in the restaurant on one evening. The menu was basic and limited; approximately $25 per meal. The barramundi was lovely but the portion size was very small, side salad basic & chips minimal.
Overall we enjoyed our stay here and found it an excellent base for day trips to the Adelaide and Mary Rivers & Kakadu National Park (although Jabiru is still 190km away).

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

We stopped her for the night on the way back from Cooinda in Kakadu. We stayed in a bush view cabin. Pretty basic with no TV and nothing in the way of furniture except for the bed which was comfortable. The cabin was clean and we enjoyed a good nights sleep.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

This place was excellent. The staff were great and the meals huge and exceptionally priced. We stayed in a three berth cabin and the view could not have been better. The park is very clean and the cabins are just right. Be mindful of the water though when washing hair it may turn light coloured hair a ginger colour. But this is all part of the package. The beds are comfortable and there is not a radio or tv in the room which just adds to a perfect break. Wallbies, kangaroos and birds frequent the park. There are a couple of great walks in the park but many more only a short drive away. We spent two days in Mary River and had a perfect time.

Room Tip: Bring the mosquito repellent. Embrace nature and enjoy
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Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

Lovely park, excellent service and much natural beauty. Good hosts. Excellent proximity to Darwin, Kakadu and other wilderness areas. Definitely staying again.
Corobborree billabong is definitely worth a days exploration.

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Additional Information about Mary River Wilderness Retreat & Caravan Park

Address: Mary River Crossing Arnhem Hwy | Annaburroo, Via Humpty Doo, Northern Territory 0836, Australia
Location: Australia > Northern Territory
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 182 Specialty Lodging in Northern Territory
Price Range: $91 - $147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mary River Wilderness Retreat & Caravan Park 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mary River Wilderness Retreat is located halfway between Darwin and Jabiru in Kakadu National Park. This family owned and operated eco-tourism property offers an ideal venue for large groups through to couples and families for events and conferences to weekend getaways or a top end holiday. A range of air conditioned bungalows with ensuites are available from one night to a week or more. Caravan and Camping sites, Restaurant / Bar, Campers Kitchen, Bush Walks, Boat Buggy and Bike hire, River Cruises and many more facilities are on offer. Majestically set on 900 acres with sweeping views of Australia's Bush land and the world renowned Mary River which is home to twice as many saltwater Crocodiles as any other river in the world. Making Mary River Wilderness Retreat a must see location for them in their natural habitat. Mary River Wilderness Retreat is the perfect location to host an event or use as a base camp for a truly remarkable outback getaway. Immaculately manicured lawns and gardens filled with beautiful palms and gums create the feeling of paradise within the top end. Our accommodation comprises of twenty six fully air-conditioned private bungalows and our location allows easy access for self drive day tours to Mary River, Litchfield and Kakadu National Park and is very accessible to Darwin City. Only 35 kilometers to the gateway to Kakadu National Park we are the ideal location to fish and explore the Mary River, Hardies Lagoon, Shady Camp or the South Alligator. It is also a great stop over on Natures Way which takes in Kakadu and a range of other Top End attractions. We are set outside of the park so that the gate entry fee does not apply and there are plenty of close wetland experiences, wildlife, bird life and crocodile spotting for those with limited time who still want the top end experience. The property is an ideal venue to host any event from a cocktail style reception, to a fully sit-down dinner or for the corporate market, a business meeting catered in our dedicated conference room. Otherwise take advantage of the wonderful setting and choose an elegant marquee set amongst our majestic grounds for a dream wedding location there are endless options. Our catering can be tailored to personalise any given event, along with our array of activities for colleagues, delegates, friends and family all set amongst our unspoiled wilderness mean there is no place better suited to create perfect memories or to capture the attention of your group. Our tropically designed restaurant licensed for up to 300 guests boasts modern alfresco dining areas perfect for gazing over the abundant wildlife. So do you want to relax and have the most perfect private destination holiday or event imaginable? Stay at Mary River Wilderness Retreat you will be pleasantly amazed at the experience you have and will want to keep coming back! ... more   less 
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