Wildman Wilderness Lodge opens today in the Northern Territory, offering one of the most extreme examples of recycling the tourism world has ever seen. The resort, situated in the Mary River Wetlands, about two hours easy drive from Darwin, will offer travellers the opportunity to explore the remote rural region from the base of an eco cabins or luxury tent.
In a major recycling project, the core buildings for the new resort property once formed part of the Wrotham Park Station in North Queensland. In early November, 2009, following the sale of the resort, a team of builders moved in and took 28 days to dismantle the entire resort infrastructure, down to all the fixtures and fittings.
The cabin verandahs and awnings were removed and the cabin structures lifted onto the back of trailers. The central bar and restaurant facility was dismantled piece by piece, with around 70% of it saved for the move. Two staff accommodation units were also packed up. Power generators, the water treatment system and the sewage treatment system along with key electrical infrastructure were also dismantled. Water tanks have been sold to local station owners with new tanks being purchased for Wildman.
The dismantled infrastructure was then transported 2,800km across country to a warehouse in Darwin where it sat under tarpaulins waiting for the last of the wet season to finish, so that construction could commence around 12 months ago.
The resulting lodge includes 10 eco-cabins called Habitats – free standing, fully air conditioned structures with luxury amenities, king-size beds and ensuite bathrooms. Fifteen new luxury safari tents, over 50m