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$1200-a-night luxury resort open for business

Finniss River Lodge on the 200 sqkm Finniss River Station, about 120km southwest of Darwin, promises a luxury getaway on some of the Territory’s most attractive country.It’s a passion project for the Venturin family, third generation owners of Finniss River Station who have grazed Brahman cattle since 1987 but also wanted to share this remote part of the NT and Australia with a wider audience. But fortunately, not all at the one time. The maximum guest number is 12.The lodge is a six suite complex with large ensuites, wide verandas and a wet-edge swimming pool with views overlooking the station.To make the most of its setting and the light, the lodge is built predominantly from natural timbers with floor to ceiling picture windows and doors. Chef Travis Crane will prepare a daily menu of locally inspired dishes cooked to guest preference.A signature event will be Cows & Canapes where guests drink and dine while getting up close and personal with some of the Finniss Station team and the Brahmans.The Lodge, which has Wi-Fi and mobile reception, will offer daily activities with experienced guides in a unique wilderness location 25-minutes charter flight and 90-minutes by car from Darwin and a short distance to Litchfield National Park. Guests can absorb station life, take part in adventures, airboat rides or barramundi fishing.Owner Robert Venturin said the landscape’s “surreal brilliance and beauty” changes constantly throughout the day culminating in intense, fiery sunsets.“After what has been a couple of tough years for travel and tourism we feel honoured to be part of Australia’s renewal phase and with Finniss River Lodge’s allure of supreme quietude and relaxation or a spirited raft of adventurous activities it is the Northern Territory’s time to shine,” Mr Venturin said.“Be it the discerning traveller seeking a bespoke experience to families in a quest for adventure, we just know our guests are going to love being here.”Lodge director of operations Matthew Hurley said it will combine “five star” and “country”.“Our service is ‘real’ and ‘genuine’, combining 5-star style with country hospitality,” he said. “Our guests will get to meet personalities both from the working station and the local area.”Prices for Finniss River Station will begin at $1200 per person inclusive of all meals, selected beverages, and activities, per day based on twin share accommodation. Children six-years-old and over welcome.

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