- Reviews: 329
Holiday Inn Gagudju Crocodile: - the best in the park
The only way to really appreciate the design of the Holiday Inn Gagudju Crocodile hotel/resort is from the air – and we arrived/departed by road. Without permission I have included a Google Earth image of the amazingly shaped building. The main entrance is via ‘the mouth’ and what a grand entrance it is with stunning Aboriginal art displayed and for sale as well as the normal guest check in amenities and front desk. There is a spectacular display of an open mouthed croc chasing a large fish (photoed) and I'd love to add a one word expression from the barramundi, "SH**!!". There are 4 other entrances/exits to the remainder of the long building from the ‘feet/legs’ of the 'beast.'. Sorry I don’t know if there is an exit along the length of the ‘tail’ – LOL Photo 2 is one of the 'eyes' of the building and at night it is lit up and presents a very scary view of the 'all watching and waiting' croc about to snap - would make a great bed-time story for young children - LOL.
The outside rim of the building contains 2 levels of guest rooms with the windows facing the shade cloth covered pool and the garden/water feature that looks like a wandering stream and ends in a faux lagoon – without real crocs I should add.
We found the room accommodation to be of a high standard with adequate bedding for 3 (Queen and a single bed), comfortable arm chairs either side of a table and other amenities as would be expected for a 4 star property. Perhaps the only down side of our room was the noise generated by other guests as they allowed the self closing gate to/from the swimming pool to slam shut.
We dined at the Escarpment Restaurant for one of our evening meals and had their excellent buffet – great choice of entrees, mains - even kangaroo, cheeses and some not so weight watchers friendly deserts. Self service coffee/tea available – the staff in the restaurant were a very high standard and friendly. I would have liked to have seen indigenous people working in the hotel/resort – it is after all their land and they are benefiting from the income from the hotel and other commercial properties in the park.
The 2 evenings we stayed at the complex the 2 guest use computers with internet connections in the lobby area were free. Not sure if this was a mistake on the part of the staff or other guests and we were lucky.
This property like so most of the business establishments in Kakadu is far more expensive than it should be. Part of the problem is that the operators have to pay a percentage of the income to the traditional land owners. The other part is the high cost problem is remote location some 300 km from Darwin.
Please note there are steps to/from the upper guest floor and I would think that those with mobility issues may want to let their needs known prior to arrival as there is no lift.
- Reviews: 2135
Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn: Major Hotel With First Class Facilities
We had 2 nights at this hotel during August, 2009 whilst on a 10 day coach tour of the Northern Territory. We found the hotel to be excellent considering its remote location. Our room was much larger than I expected and it faced the pool. There was a nice table and chairs and the bed was nice.
Sliding doors opened onto a small private patio with a gate to the pool area, an ideal place to relax with a drink at day's end. There are other sporting facilities including tennis courts. We breakfast and dinner in the dining room, buffet both days with extensive choice and good quality.
Souvenir shop is in the foyer, which also has on display Aboriginal Art and crafts which are available for sale.
This hotel is built in the shape of a crocodile.
- Reviews: 785
Cobourg Peninsula Camping Area: Top Camping
Photo 1 Beach near the campsite – play Robinson Crusoe!
Photos 2,3 Views in our campsite
Photo 4 The eco-friendly amenities block.
I reckon this camping area would be hard to beat. Imagine camping alongside superb tropical beach surroundings; wildlife everywhere; and a guarantee that it will never become crowded! That’s how it is in the campsite on the Cobourg Peninsula in the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park.
To reach the campsite you must pass through Arnhem Land, where camping is allowed only in the official camping areas – and this is essentially “it”. If you wish to camp here you will require a permit, obtainable from the NT National Parks, who administer the Park jointly with the traditional Aboriginal Owners. Bookings are essential and the number of campers is limited to a maximum of 15 vehicles! The current fee is A$232.10 ($220 for camping and a transit fee of $12.10) for 7 nights and for up to 5 people: children under 16 are free – but NB that caravans and motorcycles are not permitted.
The facilities may seem few, but there is a new amenities block (using solar heating for the showers, composting toilets). Apart from that, there are tables and barbecues, also plenty of firewood nearby. Quite honestly, I’d feel that any greater development would be out of place with the experience of being in essentially an unspoiled wilderness. As you may imagine, you will need to bring all your needs with you! We had a very pleasant time camping there, and I’d happily return.
- Reviews: 785
Mt Borradaile Safari Camp: On Safari in Arnhem Land
Photo 1 Mt Borradaile Safari Camp (main dining/recreation area)
Photo 2 Tent at Mt Borradaile
Photo 3 Dinner at Mt Borradaile
Photo 4 Mt Borradiale transport
Photo 5 Picnic lunch for ‘on the road’.
Tourists wishing to have a remote area experience in Arnhem Land can take an “all inclusive” package trip from Darwin to the Mt Borradiale Safari Camp, for some top class time barramundi fishing and exploring Aboriginal rock paintings and exotic landscape and wildlife. It’s a luxury package covering everything other than alcohol from the door of your hotel until you return: transits, air charter flights, meals, the works. Everything is flown in to this camp, including the supplies and fuel. Needless to say, it is not an inexpensive experience!
So imagine you have taken a package trip to Mt Borradaile when, suddenly, twelve unlikely wanderers, describing themselves as “Virtual Tourists” lurch out of the bush in two Landcruisers. Yep, Zig’s Mob had arrived! We’d had an ‘interesting’ time reaching the Mt Borradaile Safari Camp: as it was, we arrived too late to take the afternoon trip along the billabong. There was some satisfaction though, in being told we were only the second vehicles to have reached the Camp since the end of the wet season.
We stayed just one night, then in the morning were taken for a trip on the billabong to the Aboriginal rock art. On our return we were kindly each given a very pleasant salad lunch to be eaten “on the road”, as we were pushed for time to reach the Cobourg Peninsula camping ground: even then we arrived there after dark
Accommodation is in heavy duty plastic mesh tents on permanent concrete bases. They are relatively spartan but have power and I’d say the best description of them is ‘adequate and comfortable’. The main dining area is much larger and built in a similar manner, but constructed to cyclone-proof standards. There is a large metal shower and toilet block (beware the mossies). As we were a largish group we received a discount to stay, but this still was costly (about A$500).
- Reviews: 785
Malabanjbanjdju Camping Area: First night's camping on the trip
Photo 1 Billabong
Photo 2 Campsite
Photo 3 Breakfast
Photo 4 Adventurous “Virtual Attendees” at the water’s edge.
Camping in Kakadu and Arnhem Land is allowed only in designated camp sites unless you have a special permit. Our first night on the road found us at the Malabanjbanjdju campsite in the Kakadu National Park, adjacent to the billabong (waterhole to you) seen in the main photo. There are basic toilet facilities, a few barbecues and some picnic tables. Apart from that, it’s entirely up to you to provide everything else.
For us, the significance was that this was our first night of camping on the trip. This was when we found out how to erect our hired tents; discovered if the mattresses were comfortable; how we went at camp cooking; how fierce the mozzies were and so on. Needless to say, we all passed this initial test with flying colours … well, after some muttering and lots of laughter!
From my bare description, this may not sound an exciting campsite, but just look at that billabong and those water lilies. Monet would have been delirious with excitement! One little detail though: be very careful about going too close to the water or staying there long – it’s entirely possible that, below that idyllic appearance, a lurking crocodile may be contemplating you as a snack!
Marvellous pool - just don't be tempted to use it!
- Reviews: 428
Maud Creek Lodge: Homestead living : Katherine Gorge
Chose this B&B as it was the closest to Katherine Gorge (6kms). Very important when you need to make it to the boat before 9am (Australians very punctual folks).
Situated on the banks of the Katherine River, and classified by many as peaceful rural retreat, I loved the peace and quiet of country living with the sounds of nature close at hand.
Wildlife is abundant around here with many species of birds and the local populations of 'Agile Wallabies' . Met some of these at night coming back from dinner and had to drive carefully to avoid hitting them.
The owners have 2 little girls and pet kangaroos with lots of place to run. There's a swimming pool, self service laundry and drying area in the garden.
Also comes with a large, shared kitchen/dining/living room and is equipped with microwave oven and all the items you'd need to prepare a meal. The living area features couches, television and a CD/DVD/VCR player. The Lodge also has a beautiful wide cool veranda and outdoor settings
Price available upon enquiry
Rural country living
Wide open space
Close to nature
- Reviews: 634
Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris
Spent a delightful 2 weeks here back in 1997 and although accomodation is in tents the activities well and truely made up for it.
Remote, isolated, the closest thing to nature you may ever see.
- Reviews: 1357
There are many campgrounds to choose from at Kakadu. Some are accessible only by 4WD. Camping is very safe, and there are always others nearby just in case there is a problem. There shouldn't be any problems with animals, and the weather at night is very comfortable.
Some campgrounds require admission.
- Reviews: 3429
Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn: The worlds only crocodile shaped hotel
The hotel is best viewed from above to get the shape of the crocodile (most of us just see that from a post card). From the ground the hotel is rather ordinary. In the "belly" is a nice garden and pool, our room is just by the rear right leg. The room is very Holiday-Inn-ish. I feel very unwell (heat, dehydration and tummy upset) so we skip dinner.
Breakfast the next day is expensive and not particularly good. The bacon in undercooked and the service is slow.
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