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Jabiru Safari Lodge
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

Fabulous location in the 'wetlands', very friendly and helpful staff. We slept in a 'tent' which was a very special experience. Since we are used to camping in France the Jabiru tents are extremely luxurious. Very good beds, good ventilation and even a small fridge :-). We had a visit of a spider (at least 10 cm) which was rather scary. However with the help of our friendly neighbour ("ah you Dutchies....) the spider was chased away and we could go to sleep (a bit anxious of course). We were woken by the sound of an Emu which was walking around our tent.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

What a lovely authentic experience amongst the beautiful lush wetlands. We found the staff to be very accommodating, nothing was too much trouble. The food was great, and they were so flexible with our vegan requirements. The lodges was simple but suited the environment and the experience perfectly. Can't fault anything really - it was so interesting hearing their stories and learning about the local fauna and flora. Shall definitely be returning!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

I stayed at the Jabiru Safari Lodge in early December and it was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to experience Far North Queensland and the Daintree and also have some quiet time to unwind. The Lodge is very quiet and visitors are able to take self-guided walks around the wetlands, as well as tours. There was lots of beautiful wildlife and there are also lots of interesting sights close by, which I eagerly explored. The staff are wonderful, helpful and very respectful of visitors' wishes, whilst also being very accommodating of their guests' needs. I would not hesitate to recommend this venue to anyone.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

We visited the place during the day to do some bird watching and we liked it so much that we came back the next day to take the "sunset safari" and stay a night in one of the "eco" tents. We enjoyed it tremendously: we saw a lot of wildlife and many different species of birds. Our guide, Greg, told us a lot about the local eco system and provided interesting information about the animals. We immediately felt at home thanks to the very warm welcome of the staff.
One should, however, remember that this is a nature conservation area and that the term "lodge" should not automatically be equated with a high level of luxury, sophistication, or service: our tent was very comfortable, but it remained a tent (with a perfectly functional adjoining bathroom), but without air conditioning or a fridge. The food (dinner, breakfast) was perfectly adequate, but we're not talking world class gastronomy or even about a huge choice of options here. One should remember that Jabiru is rather isolated and that the closest town, Mareeba, is not really a throbbing metropolis: one's expectations for a stay this far from "civilization" should thus remain relatively modest, "lodge" and "deluxe" notwithstanding.
All in all, we had a great experience and we would recommend Jabiru without reservations.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights to focus on birding in and around the lodge. The birding was different from the nearby rainforest locations ... and excellent. The lake makes a beautiful setting for meals.
The accommodation was fixed, rigid tents and very pleasant. It was generous in size with all amenities. The bed was very comfortable. The patio was a nice feature.
Greg took us on a tour to see the Cranes and also to his home to see a working farm – very interesting.
The evening meal was delicious, made from fresh ingredients.
All in the all we had a great stay.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

We stayed for one night in september.
We arrived in the morning and even as we knew we were too early we were offered a coffee for free and could enter our Eco tent before noon.
In the afternoon Greg took us on the safari with the boat and car. Afterwards we enjoyed sunset with wine. As we booked all- in we also had a lovely dinner and the day we left breakfast.
Our tent was clean and the staff very friendly and helpful!
It was a wonderful experience we had and the wonderful environment helped also!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights at the Jabiru Safari Lodge in an Eco Safari Tent. Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by Linda and Marge and were immediately given all necessary information about the wetlands, walking tracks, safaris, and dinner options.

We were escorted to our tent and given 2 esky coolers with frozen water bottles (which were changed regularly during our stay). The Eco Tent was clean and spacious. While sitting on the verandah we could see emus, wallabies, kangaroos, lizards, and loads of birds, absolutely unique in every possible way!

At sunset (around 6pm) we were invited by Margareth and Linda to have some drinks and snacks at the main Lodge with the other guests. This gave us the opportunity to get to know the other guests as well as the owners/management.

Watching the sunset from this Lodge, as well as just leaning back and looking at the birds is a wonderfully relaxing experience.

As we chose to have dinner included in our package we would be asked what we preferred to eat and would be given the choice between several plates (all cooked freshly on the spot!). Dinner was always delicious, as were the desserts!

What we'll always remember about our stay is the honest warmth and friendliness of Marge, Linda and Greg, who really did everything to make our stay as memorable as possible!

We also booked a really nice boat/jeep-safari with Greg, who certainly knows his way around the wetlands and its wildlife.

Overall this was an amazing experience, not only thanks to the setting and scenery but also thanks to the lovely people managing the Jabiru Safari Lodge!!

Kevin and Lesley

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Jabiru Safari Lodge

Address: Pickford Road | PO Box 2446, Mareeba, Queensland 4880, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Mareeba
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Mareeba
Price Range: $208 - $273 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jabiru Safari Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Jabiru Safari Lodge is a comfortable nature and Outback experience that has been designed to ensure you can experience the wildlife in a natural bush setting. Your Lodge Host and Reserve Guide will make you welcome and be happy to assist to make your stay memorable and rewarding. ... more   less 
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