The Most Romantic Getaways in the Northern Territory

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Feb 07, 2017

by TRAVEL INSIDER WRITERS

Visiting the Northern Territory? Feel the romance at these spots. 

Bamurru Plains

Mary River floodplains

West of Kakadu National Park, Bamurru Plains safari lodge is a find for nature-lovers who want a remote wilderness experience and creature comforts. Here on the Mary River floodplains, wallabies abound, bird sightings are a given and you’re guaranteed to see crocodiles. The property’s 10 bungalows, which sleep 20 guests, have mesh-screen walls to give you a front-row seat to buffalo roaming the floodplain but are sited for complete privacy. Not five-star in the traditional sense, the rooms are rustic-chic (timber floorboards, corrugated iron and dim lighting) and are fitted out with a supremely comfortable bed and a high- pressure shower. There’s no television, internet or mobile phone reception, which makes for a truly immersive getaway. Chill out by the wet-edge pool and open bar or work your way through a list of activities that includes barramundi fishing (seasonal) and croc-spotting cruises at dusk (sensational).

Dining

Bamurru’s guests are well catered for with gourmet meals, including a hearty three-course dinner paired with Australian wines, served at the communal table in the main lodge.


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Request the large Kingfisher Suite to enjoy an intimate in-room candlelit dinner or stay overnight in the bird hide, where you can admire the thick blanket of stars from high in the tree canopy.

By Liani Solari

 

Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Arnhem

Forget 50 Shades of Grey. At Wildman, it’s 50 shades of green. Leaves glowing in the late-afternoon light, blushing new growth and verdant floodplains all come together to create a stunning backdrop to 10 well-spaced private “habitats”, each with its own verandah; 15 safari tents straight from Africa; and the central lodge with its broad timber deck, fire pit and pool. Two hours’ drive from Darwin, in Mary River National Park on the edge of Kakadu, this resort offers quiet elegance out bush – with the extra frisson of being smack-bang in prehistoric-beast territory. See for yourself on a tour of nearby Home Billabong, where we spotted three saltwater crocodiles, 11 “freshies” and countless birds – and the only other human was our guide. The lodge can also organise Mary River cruises or tours into Kakadu National Park. End the day with an excellent three-course meal and then it’s time for sweet dreams in the cool sanctuary of your cabin.

Dining

The tight wine list complements a brief menu of well-executed simple fare such as local barramundi and the Taste of Kakadu platter (kangaroo, buffalo and crocodile).


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The sight of wallabies play-fighting could melt the toughest outback heart.

By Sam McCue

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Longitude 131°

Yulara

Watch nature’s spectacular dawn show unfold in the rugged spiritual centre of Australia – without even lifting your head
off the pillow. You’re in one of 15 luxury tents at Longitude 131° with dress-circle views of Uluru. Before sunrise, the monolith looks like a lonely hulk sleeping in the distance but turns a mass of burning orange as soon as rays bathe its weather-beaten surface. If you want to get closer, join an early-morning excursion to learn about the sacred rock’s geology and its connection to the Anangu people, the traditional owners. Back at the lodge, enjoy the dining and lounge area – with its soaring tent-like canopy and open bar – or indulge in a hot-stone massage at the Red Ochre Spa.

Dining

Meals are taken in Dune House and the menu incorporates modern-Australian dishes and indigenous ingredients, from fresh pastries at breakfast to a five-course dégustation for dinner. For an additional fee, you can dine at a table set up on a nearby dune.


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Lie in bed with a white- fabric canopy above and the resplendent red Uluru out front.

By Akash Arora

Cicada Lodge

Katherine

Everything about Cicada Lodge feels intimate, from the personal welcome note
to the nightly three-course chef’s menu. There are only 18 rooms, each with its 
own private balcony, louvred screens and full-length windows facing the bush. The quietly luxurious rooms have plenty of reading and lounging space, original works by Indigenous artists,
a selection of teas, a coffee machine and even yoga mats. Cicada Lodge is part of Nitmiluk (meaning “land of the cicadas”) National Park, famed for its string of 13 gorges and owned by the Jawoyn people. Guests can gain a deeper understanding of Jawoyn culture and country through the Footsteps of Our Ancestors presentation. Sitting on the shady poolside deck with the traditional owners as they share their knowledge of weaving, dyeing, hunting and painting, you’ll feel a connection to this ancient land – and to one another.

Dining

Sunset drinks and elegant canapés are followed by dishes such as beef eye fillet with native thyme and potato fondant, and coconut panna cotta with lemongrass harvested from the garden.

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Don’t miss experiencing the surrounding landscape on a chopper flight for two, landing at a quiet swimming hole overlooked
by ancient rock art.

By Sam McCue

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