Mt Borradaile luxury in remote Arnhem Land

Arnhem Land is one of the most inspiring places you could visit.  Situated in the Northern Territory, in Australia’s sometimes hostile and inhospitable tropical north, Arnhem Land extends from Port Roper on the Gulf of Carpentaria across to the East Alligator River and includes within its boundaries the absolutely spectacular Kakadu National Park.

This area is sparsely populated, and much of the land is held in Aboriginal Reserves to keep it protected from agricultural and mining development as the land is too precious to destroy.

Located within Arnhem Land is Mt Borradaile.

Mt. Borradaile and the surrounding sandstone hills are honeycombed with caves, once occupied by Aborigines who have lived in Arnhem Land for more than 50,000 years. Here you will see thousands of vivid, wonderfully well preserved rock paintings which chronicle the spiritual element and substance of everyday Aboriginal life.

In terms of artistic quality, quantity, colourfulness and excellent state of preservation, this body of rock art is unrivalled. The walls of hundreds of rock shelters are decorated with innumerable pictures documenting traditional Aboriginal life over many thousands of years.     

At Mt Borradaile you will find a four-star establishment called Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris which comprises a ran e of accommodation including tented rooms with shared bathrooms, tented rooms with ensuites (for those who love a bit of glamping [camping in luxury]) and cabins ranging from the comfortable to the deluxe.

The tariff includes most things: meals, accommodation, tours and activities.  Situated in a natural bush setting, the centre of the infrastructure of the lodge is a new and tastefully furnished communal area encompassing a dining, lounge, bar, library, internet area and a large outdoor deck area for alfresco dining, all overlooking the sandstone paved pool.

There are daily tours which introduce you to Aboriginal culture and the wealth of unique flora and fauna which help to make the area such a special place.

The Northern Territory has an enviable reputation for the quality of its fishing, and Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris can certainly show you some places where you can be almost guaranteed to land a magnificent fresh water fish.  As conservation is the key here, any fish not worthy of transport to the kitchen to be turned into a superb meal is returned to the water, which is one reason why juicy barramundi are always easy to hook.

It would be difficult to get any more ‘outback’ than Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris at Mt Borradaile, but at least you can be assured that you will be experiencing the outback in comfort with guides who come with tens of thousands of years local knowledge to share, and who have such an enthusiasm for the habitat that you too will feel an affinity and respect for this magnificent place.

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