Exploring

The grounds at Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge have assorted wildlife. Various bird species, Agile Wallabies, insects, snakes, frogs & lizards are always present. It is also the home to a number of Brahman cattle, Water Buffalo and Horses. Jimmy Creek Monsoon Forest is accessible from the camp ground.

Jimmy Creek Monsoon Forest

Jimmy Creek Monsoon Forest and natural spring creates a dramatic canopy that strongly contrast to the surrounding woodlands. A 35 minute walk winds its way along the creek past banyan trees and scrub fowl nests. Spot freshwater crocodiles in the spring, small fish and the occasional barramundi, birds, insects and frogs. The monsoon forest is cool relief from the heat of the day. Also in the area is Brian Creek Monsoon Forest.

Hardies 4wd track and Wildman 4wd track

These tracks travel along the edge of the wetlands, between paperbark swamps and tall open forests. Highlights include majestic fig trees, the Mary River floodplain, billabongs and historical features. These areas provide home to the Water Buffalo, wild pigs, Brahman cattle, Brumbies and an array of other wildlife.

The Hardies track runs between the Rockhole Road and the Arnhem Hwy and passes Bird Billabong which has an abundance of bird and other wildlife. A bird hide is accessed by a 2.8km return walk and offers great photographic opportunities . Allow approximately 2 to 3 hours for this drive.

The Wildman track runs between the Wildman Road and the Rockhole Billabong. This amazing drive offers spectacular sunsets over the Mary River floodplain. Approximately 2 hour drive.

Routes are open as conditions permit in the dry season. (June to October)

Mistake Billabong

Mistake Billabong has fantastic bird watching opportunities. Overlooking the billabong, the viewing platform allows you to take in the wildlife activity.
Located a short distance from the Lodge on the Point Stuart Road.

Point Stuart Coastal Reserve (Stuart’s Memorial Cairn)

A 4wd access track is open as conditions permit (May to October) to the Point Stuart Coastal Reserve. Allow approximately a one hour drive from Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge. The 6km return walk to Stuart’s Memorial Cairn & the coast from the day use area takes you through a range of environments. From dry woodland the track leads out over the floodplains, through a coastal vine thicket & eventually to the coastal mangroves of Finke Bay. (Allow 3 hours for the walk).

Shady Camp – Home of the Barramundi

Shady Camp is a popular fishing spot with boat ramps and picnic areas.
You can hire one of our boats and try your luck at fishing, or just explore the waterways at your own leisure. A barrage helps to prevent saltwater intrusion into the freshwater wetlands. This barrage also acts as a popular land base fishing area. A viewing platform offers excellent views over the billabong and floodplain with the possibility of sighting huge saltwater crocodiles that inhabit the waters. An excellent spot to view amazing sunsets.

Rockhole Billabong

The Rockhole is another access point to the channels of the Mary River system, and is a popular spot for barramundi fishing. There is also a boat ramp and picnic facilities.
The Mary River Wetlands Cruise departs the Rockhole Billabong daily.

Couzens Lockout

Couzens Lookout has magnificent views of the Mary River Wetlands.
Located on the Rockhole Road.

Kakadu

Kakadu is easily accessible from Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge.
Plan a day trip & visit rock art sites, visitor centre, Jabiru township & other attractions.

Below are some suggested 1 day itineraries for the self driver:

Breakfast at the Lodge / collect lunch packs
AM Mary River Wetlands Cruise
Picnic lunch at Couzens Lookout
Wildman 4wd track
Return to Lodge for afternoon swim
Jimmy’s Creek Monsoon Forest
Sunset at Shady Camp
Evening meals in Wetlands Bistro

Breakfast at the Lodge
Boat hire or ½ day guided fishing tour (Shady Camp)
Self catered BBQ lunch by the pool
Mistake billabong
ATV floodplain sunset tour
Evening meals in Wetlands Bistro

Breakfast at the Lodge / collect lunch packs
Jimmy’s Creek Monsoon Forest
AM Mary River Wetlands Cruise
Picnic lunch at Shady Camp
Afternoon boat hire or guided fishing tour
Sunset at Shady Camp
Evening meals in Wetlands Bistro

Depart Darwin
Bird Billabong
Hardies 4wd track
PM Mary River Wetlands Cruise
Check in at Lodge
Evening meals in Wetlands Bistro

Breakfast at the Lodge
Point Stuart Coastal Reserve
Afternoon boat hire or guided fishing tour
Sunset at Shady Camp
Self catered BBQ by the pool

                                     

Point Stuart