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3.6 out of 5

"Very quiet And friendly staff " More

By a verified traveller on Sat 29 Jan 2022

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Hotel Description

Walkabout Lodge places you steps from Nhulunbuy Town Pool and within a short 5-minute stroll of Arafura Park. Highlights at this beachfront hotel include 2 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges, and an outdoor swimming pool.

TVs with cable channels are featured in all 41 rooms, and you can enjoy balconies or patios, coffee/tea makers, and ceiling fans. You'll find nice touches like free toiletries and premium bedding to enhance your stay. Room service, irons/ironing boards, and desks are also available.

Spend the day at the beach and enjoy the onsite nightclub. Business amenities include conference space and meeting rooms. Additionally, you'll find a coffee shop/cafe and laundry facilities. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of an airport shuttle.

Sights within a 20-minute drive of this 3.5-star Nhulunbuy hotel include Yirrkala Arts Centre and Mulka Project and Wessel Habitat Protection Zone.

Standard Room, Non Smoking, Balcony (Standard Queen Room)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$338* Per night/room 2 Jul. - 3 Jul.

Standard Room, Non Smoking, Balcony (Standard twin room)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Walkabout Lodge ratings based on 14 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.6 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Walkabout Lodge

Everyone (12) Couples (1)
5 out of 5
Very quiet And friendly staff

Posted by on 29 Jan. 2022

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1 out of 5

Posted by on 14 Jun. 2021

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4 out of 5
More like a pub than an expensive motel. Food was good though and room was good. Just very expensive for what it is. So just know you are paying for the remoteness not the quality of the hotel.

Posted by , from Cessnock on 6 Sep. 2020

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2 out of 5
The rooms are tired!! Fan looked like it was going to fall out the ceiling. The beside lights did not work. The television worked intermittently Aircon was so noisy. Shower grout was dirty As was the kitchenette area Just tired.

Posted by on 1 Feb. 2020

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3 out of 5
I do not like the fact that I have emailed Wotif twice and place of accommodation once seeking a refund of additional guest fee of $74.73 because additional guest was not able to come. As yet I have had no response. This is very poor service on behalf of Wotif.

Posted by on 14 Jun. 2019

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5 out of 5

Good location

Pros: Pool surrounds and restaurant
Cons: Parking
Location: Beaches
Really nice staff good restaurant Great spot for campers Need more car parks

Posted by on 28 Jul. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

24 Aug. 2018 by Matthew - Marketing Manager

Thank you for your review and your nice comments about our staff and the restaurant. I am sorry that it was difficult to find a car park at the hotel, at times our car park does get a little full especially if there is a function on. In the future you are more than welcome to park inside the camp grounds as well if the main car park is full.

3 out of 5

Ridiculous price gouging

Pros: Spotlessly clean.
Cons: I'd never book again via a third party as the hotel took no responsibility for the booking.
Ridiculous price gouging as only one other hotel (on the outside of town) so no competition. Paid equivalent to a capital city 5-star hotel, for a twin room and definitely not 5-star. Twin room cost significantly more than a double, yet there is also an additional charge for each person over 1 in the room. You cant use the other bed unless you pay extra although twin costs more! Arrived and put in a double room. Told that because I had booked with Expedia (actually Wotif) that not their fault - despite confirming my booking with the hotel the week prior on arrival was told no twin rooms. Restaurant food better than I expected though unless you are in a tour group - chaotic.

Posted by , from Sydney on 8 Jul. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

14 Jul. 2018 by Matthew - Marketing Manager

Good morning Robyn and thank you for your review. Firstly thank you for your comments on the cleanliness of the rooms and the quality of our restaurant meals. Our room rates for a queen (1 bed) and twin room (2 beds) are exactly the same. But all of our room rates are priced per person per night which is a common industry practice, not a flat rate per room per night. Generally when you book through a 3rd party site the amount that you pay to them is our room rate plus their commission, they then pay us the balance (our room rate). Unfortunately the costs associated with running a business in a very remote are extremely high but we definitely do not 'gouge' the market because of our location and we have never and will never claim to be a 5-star hotel. From looking at your reservation made via Wotif you booked a twin room for 2 people which I believe is the room you checked into. Once again I think you for your comments about the quality and cleanliness of our rooms and they we exceeded your expectations in restaurant for your meals.

4 out of 5

Arriving Early for Outback Spirit tour

Pros: It’s about the only one in town.
Cons: The entrance is disappointing. It does not represent what is inside.
Location: Location used by my tourist company for start of Arnhem Land trip. It’s position is important and the Lodge provides good food,service and accommodati
I have stayed here three nights as part of a tour group to Arnhem Land. The Lodge has good facilities but the most impressive aspect of my stay was the staff. They were very helpful friendly and courteous. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The food was great and the pool I swam in every day.

Posted by , from Mt Martha on 21 May 2018

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2 out of 5
Staff did not know about details such as breakfast that was included. No one there to greet me on arrival- no sign to say where to go it unattended. Tv in room- no channels that worked

Posted by on 6 Feb. 2018

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4 out of 5

Comfortable stay

Pros: Friendly, Clean, Good food
Cons: Entertainment, ie movies, cable TV
All as with any 4 star hotel, except TV in my room was faulty. No movies or cable only downside

Posted by on 31 Aug. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

4 Sep. 2017 by Matthew

Thank you for staying at the Walkabout Lodge, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. I am very sorry that your TV had a fault, I will have your teams go through & check all of the TV's to ensure this does not happen again. Thank you once again & we hope to welcome you back again sometime at the Walkabout Lodge.

Property Features

There are 2 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can unwind with a drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. An airport shuttle at scheduled times is available for a fee. An outdoor pool, a nightclub, and a garden are also featured at the business-friendly Walkabout Lodge. Self parking is free. This 3.5-star Nhulunbuy hotel is smoke free.

  • 41 guestrooms or units
  • 2 dining venues
  • 2 bars or lounges
  • 2 conference rooms
  • Nightclub
  • Conference space
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Garden
  • No smoking on site
  • Coffee shop


Free self parking


  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Walkabout Lodge offers 41 air-conditioned accommodations with coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Beds feature premium bedding. Televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include showers and complimentary toiletries. Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) are also available. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private balcony or patio
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Walkabout Lodge has 2 restaurants on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 10 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 6 AM - 9 PM. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after 9 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 6 AM - 9 PM.
To arrange for check-in, guests must contact the property in advance of arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests arriving after 9 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in information. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for AUD 35.0 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, debit cards, and cash. For guests' safety, the property includes a smoke detector and window guards in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Debit cards
  • Staffed front desk
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property is not currently implementing any guest safety measures
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: AUD 15 per person (one-way)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: AUD 15 (one-way), (up to 14 years old)
  • Rollaway bed fee: AUD 35.0 per night
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 1.5 percent

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Walkabout Lodge Nhulunbuy
  • Walkabout Lodge
  • Walkabout Nhulunbuy
  • Walkabout Lodge Hotel
  • Walkabout Lodge Nhulunbuy
  • Walkabout Lodge Hotel Nhulunbuy
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.