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Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge
Ranked #18 of 49 Specialty Lodging in Darwin
syd australia
Level 3 Contributor
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“Best of both worlds for fishing and accomodation”
Reviewed July 26, 2010

When we were planning our trip to Darwin we first looked at our entire accomodation in Darwin only, expecting then to do side trips to Kakadu, Litchfield etc and then book about 2-3 separate fishing day trips. Then after some researching on TA, we stumbled upon the Point Stuart Lodge. It turned out to be the best part of our trip to the top end by far and gave us a great insight into the Northern Territory which we otherwise would not have been able to experience.

We booked for 3 nights at the lodge, did 2 x full days of fishing and had 1 x extra day of downtime, lounging by the pool (which is a pretty decent size). We opted for the transfers from and back into Darwin which is great if you are not too keen on self driving (it is 1/2 way between Darwin and Jabiru (in Kakadu)). The 2 x days of fishing were phenomenal (day 1 was almost a boat trip which included some spectacular scenery and crocodile watching which were so much better that we could not even compare to the Yellow Water and Mary River boat cruises that we also did) and the guide we had was by far the most laid back yet diligent, helpful and hardworking that I have seen for a long time. He definitely loves his job and made the trip memorable for us. The boat trips out are almost worth it just so you can get out to those remote areas.

The lodge has various room options. Our room (standard size) included our own bathroom (spacious), and we were able to order the lunch packages and ate in their restaurant for dinners. Overall the Point Stuart Lodge is not exactly a cheap option but we felt we got what we paid for, a great location to Shady Camp (which we now know is pretty well known amongst people who go fishing, rather that those boat charters who travel there all the way from Darwin or who just stay in the harbour) and a few days of seeing parts of the top end, river system, floodplains, mangroves, amazing birdlife and crocodiles that are just inaccessible by road. It was for us a luxury to be out of mobile phone and internet range for a few days in this special part of the Northern Territory. The room rate on its own was $155 which to me sounds pretty reasonable.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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Ballarat, Australia
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Reviewed March 5, 2010

We stayed here in early march 2010 - the point stuart lodge is in kakadu (about 230ks from darwin) but it is the best place to base yourself from if you want to go barra fishing... The room rate is overpriced and there was no discount for a group booking **which i find bizzare !!
I NOTICED AT THE TIME OF CHECKING OUT THAT THERE WAS ONE PRICE FOR TOURISTS AND ANOTHER PRICE FOR A LOCAL FELLA WHO WAS CHECKING OUT AT THE SAME TIME I WAS.. (JUST NOT GOOD BUSINESS I THINK !!) The airconditioners are out of date and hence waaay to noisy, so bring ur earplugs if u are a light sleeper...The food and drink is expensive. The fishing tours are also expensive, ((and some guides are definitely better than others)) but at least you will catch fish. We spent a lot of money during our stay (over 10k) and i just felt that the owners could of done a little more for us during our 3 day stay... i did feel as though they just welcomed our tourist money... We caught our own barra and asked the chef to serve it for us.. he did... and charged us 40 bucks per person to do it.. (again a bit overpriced.. ) i think most people agree to cop a premium if they are out in the sticks but the point stuart lodge takes it a little to far...
would i return..?? - Nope! - it just to expensive !!

  • Stayed March 2010
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Reviewed September 7, 2009

Good, clean basic accommodation along the Mary River which has loads of wildlife and fewer tourists than Kakdu itself but still a reasonable spot to explore Kakadu from. The room was spacious with a nice area to sit outside and watch the kangaroos at dusk. The attached saloon is suitably atmospheric and meals are OK if not a little overpriced. Staff were friendly and helpful with information about the area and they also run an excellent wetlands cruise a 10 min drive away.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge
Address: Point Stuart Road Point Stuart, Darwin, Northern Territory 0846, Australia
Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Darwin
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Ranked #18 of 49 Specialty Lodging in Darwin
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Number of rooms: 24
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