We stayed at Jabiru in mid-Nov. 2012 with another couple with whom we were traveling around northern Queensland. Unfortunately the previous operators of Jabiru, those with whom we had booked our stay, had departed suddenly at the end of Oct. leaving it to some locals to operate. While the "locals" were very pleasant and trying hard, they did not provide the level of service expected for the price paid. After currency conversion to US$ our stay was about US$500 for a couple for the night. While the accommodation was clean, it was not up to the standard one would expect for a luxury safari lodge. It was basically basic. The operators, past or present, could not do anything about the heat but something more than a single small oscillating fan would have provided some relief from the sweltering temperatures in the tents. The mosquito netting around the bed did not fit very well leaving gaps and besides only added to the lack of air circulation - we slept without it. But the accommodation is not the biggest disappointment. Here we were in tropical north Queensland and for breakfast they provided cold cereal and milk with tinned fruit cocktail. Gimme a break! How about a fresh mango or other tropical fruit, all available just down the road. The included dinner was adequate - and to be fair, the lodge did operate with limited electricity during dinner preparation time owing to a nearby late afternoon lightning strike - but I don't think this had anything to do with the menu which was not "gourmet" in any sense: some grilled chicken, somewhat overcooked broccoli and potatoes. The wine flowed freely though. The guide, Jason, provided a very knowledgeable tour but better communication about what the tour consisted of would have been welcomed - since we sat for about 45 min. after taking a short boat tour around the lagoon by the lodge wondering if that was all there was. It wasn't and we spent some couple hours in the land rover exploring other areas of the property - including one late night foray looking for night creatures. The property has potential but at the price they were charging, make sure they've upped their game a bit before booking.
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