Set in the heart of the Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve, an area of 2000 hectares of open savanna woodland, grasslands and freshwater wetlands in the tropical north of Queensland, Jabiru Safari Lodge is the dream destination for exploring the great Australian outback. With African-style tents, walking trails, ecocruises, canoes, wildlife safaris and stargazing, it’s the great escape for outdoor adventurers, but only an hour and a quarter away from Cairns and Port Douglas. It’s worth noting that the lodge is closed in the wet season, February – March.
Accommodation may be Africa-style safari tents but there’s no lack of creature comforts. Designed to blend in perfectly with the open savanna woodland surroundings, and furnished with materials, there are two African-style safari tents, and two Eco safari tents, both with ensuite bathrooms and comfortable beds. Facilities include insect screens, a fridge and fan, (there is 240V power) but in the true spirit of a safari there are no telephones or televisions – thank goodness. If you want an even more authentic safari trip, Eco Safari cabins have just 12v solar power and a gas-powered fridge.
The all-inclusive tariff includes all meals, and activities, and a minimum of two nights’ stay is recommended if you want to experience morning and sunset wildlife safaris, although you can stay on a b&b basis. All the cabins have their own furnished decks, so you can enjoy a spot of birdwatching, reading or just sipping champagne while the sun goes down, and there’s an outdoor Jacuzzi pool n
A daily wildlife safari and canoeing in traditional handcrafted wooden canoes on Clancy’s Lagoon are included in your tariff, as well as complimentary Conservation Pass to 12km of self-guided walking trails, so you can explore the reserve at your own pace. Enjoy wildlife and bird life viewing from Jabiru’s custom design safari – kangaroo, wallabies, wallaroos, emu and wild pigs are regularly spotted, and with 222 species of birds on the reserve there’s a fair chance you’ll see a few – one of the highlights of the lodge’s safaris is Pandanun Lagoon, which is home to several hundred Brolgas and Sarus Cranes, pelicans, magpie gees, egrets, ibis, cormorants, jabirus and jacanas. The reserve is home to several rare and endangered species, including the Buff-breasted Button quail, Black-throated FInch and the Gouldian Finch – Interpretive Centre is spearheading the campaign to save it from extinction with its Gouldina Finch Reintroduction Program. For the truly dedicated, Jabiru offers t
Continental breakfast is served on the Lagoon deck of the Lodge, and includes cereal, toast, fruit and tea and coffee, while dinner is available but must be pre-booked. Alternatively BBQ packs including utensils and cutlery can be purchased so you can cook on your own deck in true Safari style.
Mareeba Wetlands ReservePickford RoadBiboorha QLD4880