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.
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