I had no idea what to expect when I went with a friend for a 4 day trip to Davidson’s Safari Lodge in the Mt Borradaile region of Western Arnhemland. I was told that there was interesting Aboriginal art and natural beauty in the wetlands of the Northern Territory. We had the most amazing trip I can remember in Australia, and one of the best I have had anywhere in the world (and I have travelled to more than 70 countries). Davidson’s lodge is privileged to have a very special relationship with the local indigenous owners, and are the respectful and proud custodians of a very rich indigenous culture. The rock art is simply superb, and you will literally have it all to yourselves and your guide. The guides are friendly, full of knowledge and help to bring the rock art galleries alive. I will never forget seeing the beautiful Rainbow Serpent gallery and having our wonderful guide point out where the children of the local people had been lifted up to proudly make the mark of their handprint before going into the cave to hear tales of the Dreamtime.
As for the abundant wildlife, the waterfalls, the crocodiles, sea eagles, and rock holes safe for swimming – spectacular. This is a very special place in our great country. Our lovely hosts could not have made our stay more comfortable, even arranging a private tour to fish for Barramundi (yes, both my friend and I caught Barramundi, and our guide fed one of the fish to a diving sea eagle). The food was amazing given the remote location, and the pool was a welcome respite in the middle of the hot day. This is a place not to be missed if you wish to explore a very special part of Australia. Can’t wait to go back when I can.