After seeing pictures of Wildman Wilderness Lodge, my friend and I knew we had to have a vacation there. You could say that we actually planned our 6D5N Darwin trip around it. We spent 3D2N at the lodge because the stay cost us AUD$1260 and we could not afford to visit any longer.
To get from Darwin airport/ city centre to Wildman Wilderness Lodge, it takes about two to two and a half hours (depending on traffic). The lodge offers shuttle bus transfers, but at an exorbitant rate of AUD$195 (one way) per person and only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 12 to 1pm. At any other timing, a private transfer can set you back AUD$800 one way.
Hence, we decided it made more sense economically to rent a car. We rented ours from Bargain Car Rentals (AUD$250 for five days). The pick up and drop off locations were very accessible and prices were reasonable. In addition, we read many good reviews about the company.
It was a good decision in the end as we could stop along the way to take pictures or grab a meal. Also, it allowed us the flexibility to drive around when we were at the lodge rather than being restricted to the compound (parking is free at most places).
Initially, we chose the Safari Tent (good for four people). I had never done glamping before and thought it would be a good experience. Unfortunately, it was sweltering inside (no aircon) and after enduring it for half an hour, we decided to switch to a Cabin.
The Cabins are good for two people. As quoted from their website, the cabins are “romantic”, seeing that there is no door to the bathroom! We had to make do by opening both cupboard doors to close off the bathroom.
It was a relaxing stay and we could see both wallabies and cockatoos at all hours of the day.