We stayed as a group travelling up from Melbourne to celebrate a 70th birthday for a 2 day fishing safari. Firstly, this place is very easy to navigate to from Darwin airport which is great if you are a tourist!
I read with interest the reviews complaining about the price for the value. Let's be clear - its a 2 hour drive from Darwin. Things are going to be a bit more expensive. Its also primarily set up for self sufficient travellers. There is HEAPS of different styles of permanent tents, cooking facilities, and lots of spots for self campers/caravanners in beautiful, lush grounds. For those without their own accommodation there are the caibns/lodge rooms. We stayed in lodge rooms and yes they were simple but all we wanted was airconditioning, a comfortable bed and a hot shower and that's exactly what we got! Across our group we managed to keep a carton of beer, a carton of coke and slab of water cold, in our small room fridges. There were coffee amenities, and good size bathrooms! The only negative which others have mentioned and i'm inclined to agree is maybe they could add a chair to the rooms for additional storage? I stayed with my husband in the queen bed, so we used the single bed in the room for storing our suitcases on. Other people in our party staying as a "twin" didn't have that luxury - but, if you don't have a lot of stuff its not an issue.
Breakfast, $18, which included toast, cereal, yoghurt, fruit and coffee/tea but self service so you could load up - we ate at 6am, and were gone by 630am so it satisfied us.
Dinner, $28-35 for a main, we ate from the menu for the first night all the staples were on there barra of course, tbone, parma - good wholesome serves. The rest of the time we ate the barra we caught! $26 (includes salad and chips) and you could have the fish cooked two ways, grilled or fried - both were awesome!
AWESOME! Dan the man was our guide and he knows his stuff which is what we paid for, someone who could find the fish. Some groups i imagine are professional and just go there to use the facilities, we were novices and needed the expertise and he was helpful, patient and delivered. And lets be honest there is no guarantee - EVER - that you will catch something! Its in this offering that Point Stuart are great. We had done safari's before based in Darwin that head out from the same ramp as Point Stuart - but you have to be up at 4am! That makes it a VERY long day. The beauty of Point Stuart Lodge is being right there, having that hour or so when you get back from fishing to have a beer and a chat before dinner, getting back that extra sleep so you arent too stuffed the next day. And thats what you pay for - convenience, and its worth every penny.
We found the hosts to be amiable and friendly without being imposing, enjoyed the wildlife at sundown and will definitely be back! Perhaps for a week with a few days fishing and do some additional tours/sightseeing.
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