Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge (HDWL)

As a business belonging to the traditional custodians, KCT offers unique accommodation at the remote Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge on aboriginal land. This exclusive location is on the homeland of the late Big Bill Neidjie OAM – Kakadu Man, the indigenous elder whose efforts were instrumental in the formation of Kakadu National Park. Situated on the south-western flank of the East Alligator River floodplains this site with its stunning scenery is 40 minutes north of Jabiru. Located in a restricted and culturally significant area of Kakadu National Park known as Cannon Hill, where less than 1000 people a year gain access, this remote lodge features just 12 twin share ensuited tented tour cabins. At the lodge you’ll be the guest of the Bunitj Clan who are the traditional custodians of the land and cultural sites of the Cannon Hill region. The area is renowned for both its abundance of rock art and its concentration of many of the landscapes that make up the Park. It has woodlands, floodplains, billabongs and the East Alligator River running through it, while the towering sandstone escarpment houses the many ancient rock art sites. Scenically it is simply stunning. You are treated to exclusive guided touring to nearby rock art sites and the red lily billabong to take in spectacular sunsets on the escarpment and over the wetlands while enjoying appetisers and cool drinks. On return to the lodge you’ll be treated to a delicious evening meal presented by your lodge hosts and you can then enjoy an authentic Aussie experience as you relax around a campfire under the stars. Afterwards you can retire to the comfort of your tented tour cabin at the end of a memorable day.

Wilderness Lodge Features:

  • Exclusive access to a restricted area of Kakadu National Park with transfers to and from the secure parking at Border Store
  • Comfortable tented tour cabins with ensuite facilities and decks
  • Daily evening guided tour to explore aboriginal art and enjoy sunset on the escarpment
  • Three-course dinner and breakfast included.

Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge offers a comfortable nature and indigenous cultural experience and has been designed to ensure you can experience Kakadu to its best advantage. To get the most out of the experience, a minimum 2 night stay is recommended. Your Lodge Hosts will make you welcome and be happy to assist to make your stay memorable and rewarding. The tented-style tour cabins possess a wonderful ‘sense of place’ in the open savannah woodland providing comfortable overnight accommodation.

Hawk Dreaming is located in a restricted area of Kakadu National Park, and less than 1000 people a year access this exclusive permit-only area. The remote Lodge features just 12 twin-share en-suited tented tour cabins, each with comfortable twin beds, insect screens, a fan and personal deck with table and chairs. All linen and towels provided. The cabins have 240v power for charging your electronic accessories though there are no telephones or televisions.

For the Free Independent Traveller there are three Hawk Dreaming products on offer from 2014.

Both extended stay and group charter arrangements are possible through consultation.

Rock art and superb vistas abound in this region. Each afternoon a guided rock art and nature tour will ensure you get to see something different if you are staying for a two night package. Each tour is rounded off with a wilderness sunset experience over the majestic escarpment, red lily billabong and floodplains.

Meals: Appetisers and cool drinks are served as you enjoy the sunset. Later, back at the Lodge, dinner consists of a main course and dessert. Healthy Continental style breakfasts provided each morning.

Please advise us at time of booking of any special dietary requirements.

Check in: As the Lodge is located in a restricted area of Kakadu, you are not able to drive your own vehicle to the Lodge. Complimentary transfers are provided. Your lodge hosts will greet you at the Border Store at 2.45pm for a 3.00pm transfer to the Lodge.

The 3pm transfer from Border store to Hawk Dreaming operates once a day and this time must be adhered to. If guests miss the 3pm transfer, they will forfeit their reservation and full cancellation fees will apply.

Car Parking: Secure car parking is available at the Border Store in a locked compound.

Check out: Check out from the Lodge is at 8am for a transfer back to your vehicle at the Border Store. Credit card facilities are available to pay for any beverages purchased.

Luggage: It would be appreciated if luggage taken out to Hawk Dreaming was limited to a small overnight bag per person.

Telephone: There are no telephones or television in any of the cabins. No mobile phone reception is available from most areas of the Lodge, although sometimes reception can be had for Telstra phones at sites visited on the evening tour. The Lodge phone can be used for emergency purposes.

Spa Tub: A spa tub is located adjacent to the dining area and may be used from 7am until 9pm.

Laundry facilities: There are no laundry facilities available at the Lodge.

Beverages: Soft drinks and juices are available at the Lodge. Tea & coffee making facilities are provided.

No alcohol can be carried to the lodge as it is a Federal Prohibited area.

Campfire: A campfire with firewood is located adjacent to the dining room and is available in the evenings.

Insects: At certain times of the year mosquitoes may be an inconvenience. The tented cabins and dining rooms are well screened and repellent is available. It may be prudent to bring your own personal repellent.

Climate: While the local Bininj people of Kakadu recognise 6 distinct seasons, the main seasons you will experience are the dry season (May to mid-September) and early build-up (mid-September to October) The days are usually fine and warm with temperatures in the low 30 C (May-Sept) with mild nights. Early in the season and in October, days are warm to hot with temperatures in the mid to high 30 C and increased humidity. The nights are mild to warm. Thunderstorms may occur early and late in the year.

What to bring:

  • Shirts (include long-sleeved for sun protection and evening mosquito protection)
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Comfortable walking shoes and comfortable shoes for evening
  • Hat, sunscreen, repellent & personal toiletries & medications
  • A day pack for carrying camera, water bottle, binoculars
  • Towel and swim wear for spa
  • Rain jacket (seldom needed)

What's included:

  • Twin-share accommodation in Ensuited Tented Tour Cabin
  • Transfers to and from the Border Store to the Lodge
  • Iced water
  • Dinner & Breakfast

What's not included:

  • Personal portion packaged beverages
  • Kakadu National Park entry fee ( $25 pp )

Packaged Products

  • 2 Day Kakadu Cultural Experience: (1 night, Guluyambi Cruise on day 2)
  • 3 Day Kakadu and Arnhem Land Cultural Adventure: (2 nights, Arnhemlander Tour on Day 2, Guluyambi Cruise on Day 3)

Guluyambi Cultural Cruise

The Guluyambi Cultural Cruise is a unique boat tour on Kakadu’s scenically spectacular East Alligator River. Take in the wonderful pristine wilderness of this World Heritage land and culture as we leisurely cruise up stream.  An Aboriginal guide provides guests with an insight into their culture, local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, traditional uses for many plants and animals as well as bush survival skills. Disembark on the Arnhem Land side of the river and be treated to a display of traditional hunting and gathering implements before heading back down stream. Limited to just 24 guests, the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise ensures an intimate and personalised cultural experience.
Departs: Daily 9.00am 11.00am 1.00pm & 3.00pm (Upstream Boat Ramp near Border Store)

Note: The Guluyambi Cruise is on the second day of the 2 Day Kakadu Cultural Experience Package and on the third day of the 3 Day Kakadu & Arnhem Land Cultural Adventure. You must choose the time of your cruise (subject to availability) when completing the booking for either of these packages. The transfer back to Border Store at 8am allows you choose the 9am Cruise (subject to availability). The 11am cruise is usually heavily pre-booked during the peak season though may have seating available. The 1pm and 3pm cruises generally are not so heavily booked.

Recommendation: If Guluyambi seats are only available in the afternoon you have time to investigate the walks at Ubirr, or Bardedjilidji Walk, before your cruise departs. » See Maps, Apps and Info

Arnhemlander 4WD Cultural & Heritage Tour

Experience Arnhem Land and Northern Kakadu through the eyes of the Traditional Owners. Cross the East Alligator River with this small-group 4wd tour to the Arnhem Land township of Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) and visit the Injalak arts and craft centre, where local artists can be met as they paint and weave. Special exclusive access has been granted by Traditional Owners to visit ancient aboriginal rock art sites such as Red Lilly Billabong and the ‘Coming of Manhood’ spear site. Learn about traditional culture, land ownership and bush skills. Enjoy lunch beside an escarpment shelter-site or in spectacular Mikinj Valley by Inkuyu billabong, (depending on seasonal road conditions).

Note: Injalak Arts & Crafts Centre is regularly not available on Sundays and public holidays and may be closed for cultural reasons. As an alternative the tour will visit the exclusive and spectacular Cannon Hill & Hawk Dreaming region of Northern Kakadu National Park.

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