Australia’s newest luxury retreat, Finniss River Lodge, has opened in the paperbark forests and coastal mangroves of the spectacular Top End region.
Located within the 77 square mile working cattle property of Finniss River Station, just 90 minutes drive southwest of Darwin, the opening of Finniss River Lodge realises a long-held dream for graziers the Venturin family, whose penchant is to share with nature seekers, their truly special part of Australia.
Owner Robert Venturin says that while Finniss River Station has operated since 1987 as a grazing property for Brahman cattle, it has always been impossible to ignore the landscape’s surreal brilliance and beauty which constantly changes throughout the day, culminating in fiery sunsets that are so intense, they must be seen to be believed.
Ready to welcome its first arrivals after three years in the making, Finniss River Lodge promises relaxation, adventure, and an intimate dalliance with nature from its luxurious, six suite accommodation complete with wide verandas and wet-edge swimming pool with station views as far as the eye can see. Highlights of the new lodge include six exclusive rooms with luxury appointments and generous ensuites; daily activities; and locally-inspired cuisine.
Taking a careful, understated approach to the design, so as not to overwhelm but accentuate the surroundings, the lodge’s architecture relies predominantly on natural timbers, floor to ceiling picture windows and doors for a light-filled, ‘bush character meets contemporary elegance’ aesthetic whereby the indoors and outdoors integrate seamlessly. Finniss River Lodge’s premium level of luxury accommodation for 12 indulged guests is all-inclusive promising inspired dining and a daily menu of dishes cooked to preference by one of Australia’s ground-breaking chefs, Travis Crane.
Service is real and genuine, combining five-star style with country hospitality. Guests will get to meet personalities both from the working station and the local area. One of the lodge’s signature events will be ‘Cows & Canapes’ where guests will enjoy amazing canapes and drinks while meeting some of the station team and their bovine friends.
From a nature-seekers perspective, Finniss River Lodge supports a plethora of wildlife – flocks of magpie geese and brolgas in their thousands, native and introduced species as well as the iconic saltwater crocodile. Finniss River Lodge will also be a birdwatcher’s paradise and for camera enthusiasts, the photogenic early morning mists, spectacular sunsets and natural fauna promise to inspire. Added to this, there is the opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in station life, participate in wild adventures, airboat rides, barramundi fishing, or learn about and discover Indigenous culture in nearby Litchfield National Park.
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