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The Most Remote Wilderness Lodges In Australia

In this busy modern world, it’s easy to be consumed by social activities, work and technology (hello Netflix), and to forget to take some time out. But countless research has told us the benefits of doing just that, disconnecting from the day-to-day and being more focused on the now, so why not make an effort to start?

And one of the best ways to do so is with a weekend or weeklong stay at an eco-retreat. Miles from city traffic, surrounded by spectacular scenery and local wildlife, you’ll have no choice but to reset and refocus. And with countless luxury ecolodges in some of Australia’s most remote parts, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

So, shut down the Desktop, turn on the out of office, and head to one of your choosing.

Bamurru Plains, Northern Territory

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Image: Shaana McNaught / Bamurru Plains

Located in the Top End, Bamurru Plains is a safari lodge inspired by the luxury ecolodges of Africa.

Each of the 10 safari bungalows has access to 300 square kilometres of floodplains along the Mary River near Kakadu National Park. The park is home to crocodiles, water buffalos and 236 species of birds that sit in the shade in the day before flying out at sunset.

Also spot the parade of local wildlife from your room  using the provided binoculars and species list, or hop on an airboat safari for an exhilarating ride that lets you get up close and personal with magpie geese, plumed whistling ducks, egrets and a host of other birds. Bamurru is also an ideal location to go salt-water fishing for barramundi between February and April.

Although easily accessible by road from Darwin in just three hours, the luxury lodges at Bamurru Plans are best reached via a scenic charter flight over the Adelaide River.

Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Northern Territory

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Image: Wildman Wilderness Lodge / supplied

On the southern end of the May River Wetlands in the Northern Territory, halfway between Darwin and Kakadu, is Wildman Wilderness Lodge, a stylish eco-lodge and safari tent retreat.

Choose from one of 10 air-conditioned, free-standing luxury lodges or 15 spacious safari tents that brings a whole new meaning to glamping.

Sign up for the Mary River Rockhole Cruise, which takes you through an area home to one of the largest crocodile populations in the world. The three-hour slides down the beautiful river and into sheltered billabongs to observe wetland birds and resident crocodiles.

To avoid wet season, Wildman Wilderness Lodge only operates between April and November each year.

Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania

Nature lovers have long taken a keen interest in Tasmania. And with 19 national parks scattered around the state, it’s easy to see why. In one of these parks, Freycinet National Park, located mid-way along Tasmania’s east coast, is boutique hotel Saffire Freycinet.

A stay in one of their luxury suites offers views of Great Oyster Bay and the Hazards Mountains, not to mention complete privacy. But what Saffire is most known for is its Tasmanian devil experience. At the on-site, free-range Tasmanian devil enclosure,  learn about the endangered creatures and watch daily feedings.

The hotel also offers the chance to learn about beekeeping with Saffire horticulturalist Rob Barker. The experience will see you don a full-body apiarist suit to approach the hives and extract warm, fresh honeycomb.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Western Australia’s most significant attraction is its empty white beaches, and there’s no better way to experience that than with a stay at Sal Salis on a remote part of the Indian Ocean. The beach-side safari camp, nestled in the dunes of Cape Range National Park, calls the Ningaloo Reef, home to 500 species of fish and 250 coral species, its front yard.

It’s also the place to be between mid-March and July to snorkel with whale sharks, the largest fish species in the world, as they migrate past Ningaloo Reef. Otherwise, from June to November, an estimated 30,000 humpback whales make their way along the World Heritage area. While there, keep an eye out for turtles, dolphins, dugongs, and manta rays.

Spicers Peak Lodge, Queensland

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Image: Spicers Peak Lodge / supplied

As Queensland’s highest mountain lodge positioned over 1100 metres above sea level, Spicers Peak Lodge offers views of the world heritage-listed Main Range National Park and Scenic Rim.

Join one of their complimentary guided walks to explore the surrounding bushland. On the walk, you’ll discover pockets of sub-tropical rainforest, eucalypt woodlands and grass tree tracks. You’ll also encounter wildlife including red-necked wallaby, eastern grey kangaroo, wallaroos, whiptail wallaby, yellow-tailed black cockatoos, and brown cuckoo doves.

(Lead image: Sal Salis / supplied) 

Published 24 June, 2019