Luxury Safari Digs Come To Australia
A little slice of Africa has jumped continents and headed to Australia with Queensland's newest luxury tents of the Jabiru Safari Lodge. Trade the rhinoceros for a 'roo' and elephants for emus with this eco-lodge.
Located just about an hour inland to the tropical north Queensland town of Cairns, Jabiru is smack in the middle of the Atherton Tablelands, more specifically, the Mareeba Wetlands. Being in the center of all of this bushland gives two perks; lots of animals and limited cellphone service. Come here to relax and catch some of the native wildlife either from the porch of your tent or daily safari tours.
With a choice of the Deluxe Safari Tent or the Eco Safari Tent, you won't leave disappointed, since each of the five tents have all the comforts of home like fridges, lights and private bathrooms. If you prefer to feel like you are 'roughing' it a bit more, go with the Eco-Tents as those have solar power and gas stoves.
Jabiru offers wildlife tours for both early risers and sunset enthusiasts. An early morning safari to catch a few snaps of kangaroos gathering breakfast starts at 7am and ends with your own brekkie before the sun gets too hot. Or if you prefer to spy some wildlife before the sun goes down, taking a sunset cruise in the Pandanus Lagoon followed by wine and cheese overlooking the sunset would tickle your senses.
The bed and breakfast rate for the Deluxe Tent is $159 ($166) for single occupancy and $129 ($134) for the Eco Tent. If you're after a fuller experience, rates are $260 ($271) and $229 ($238) respectively for the all-inclusive stay that includes lunch and wildlife tours.
[Photo: Jabiru Safari Lodge/Mareeba Wetlands]