1. You don’t have to lift a finger.
Ditch all ideas about pitching a tent, inflating the air mattress and rolling out your sleeping bags. All you have to do is show up in front of your tent, which will be up and ready, and nicely cleaned out. And by tent, I’m talking about a 50 square metre fan-cooled room, complete with a king-sized bed, ensuite bathroom and an outdoor deck, found at the Wildman Wilderness Lodge. If you’re someone who can’t live without air-conditioning, you can opt for the habitats, which are, essentially, hotel rooms.
2. You’re far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but still connected to Instagram, Facebook and Gmail.
Good news for all you social media addicts – there’s WI-FI! You no longer have to wait till you get back to civilisation, to post breathtaking shots of the scenery to your Instagram. That said, the connection does get a little wonky at times.
3. You get to enjoy nature in style
Have some champagne and cheese out in the Mary River wetlands, as the sun sets before your eyes. Or admire the sunset as you cruise down Katherine Gorge, sipping on crocodile bisque. If you’re more of a morning person, catch the first rays of the sun on an airboat, which runs at 550 horsepower, out in the lotus fields. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, there’s always the option of hopping onto a float plane or chopper, to get an aerial glimpse of the Northern Territory landscape.
4. The mouthwatering menu
Nope, you don’t have to eat instant noodles out of a mess tin or go hunting. The glamping experience includes restaurants and bars – there’s usually one within walking distance of your tent/room. If you’re adventurous, try living off the land and chow on some crocodile meat (tastes like chicken really), buffalo sausage, kangaroo steak and barramundi fillet. For the less adventurous, there’s always comfort food in the form of pasta.
5. The outdoor pools
Infinity pools are so yesteryear. Take a dip in an outdoor pool and bask in all the sights and sounds of nature. The Northern Territory is teeming with wildlife – it’s home to 400 species of birds, 150 mammals and 300 reptiles – so you’ll have lots to look at.
Image: Cicada Lodge
We stayed at the Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Point Stuart Rd, Arnhem, NT0801, Tel: +61 8 8978 8955, www.wildmanwildernesslodge.com.au and Cicada Lodge, Gorge Road, Katherine, NT0851, Tel: +61 8 89743100, www.cicadalodge.com.au.