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Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Nathan River Road Gulf Region, Borroloola, Northern Territory 0854 Australia
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Lorella Springs Wilderness Park is located on the Savannah Way in Australia's Northern Territory. Natural hot springs, safe swimming holes and waterfalls, bird watching, bush walking, 4WD tracks, fishing at billabongs, creeks or at the coast. Scenic helicopter flights and coastal tours to the Gulf coast. Choice of accommodation from camping, en-suite Deluxe rooms or air-conditioned cabins. "Remote", "untouched", "peaceful" and "friendly" are some of the words described by our guests about Lorella. Come and check it out for yourself!
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Nathan River Road Gulf Region, Borroloola, Northern Territory 0854 Australia
Lorella Springs Wilderness Park
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HW08 wrote a review Aug 2023
Port Macquarie, Australia375 contributions128 helpful votes
Our three night stay at Lorella Springs was both interesting and disappointing. Accommodation was nice with ensuites but no tv or wifi. Nice meals were provided by our hosts Rhett and Maria. The hot spring right near the homestead was handy for a dip.. With around 1,000 km of tracks it was disappointing that we did not see very much of the million acre station. Being the only group on the station, it was also disappointing that more of the public could not share this outback attraction.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Response from Rhett Walker, Owner at Lorella Springs Wilderness Park
Responded 24 Aug 2023
Thank you for your review, whilst we are always happy to receive feedback as an opportunity to improve our offering, in this instance I will admit that I am finding your comments in part irrelevant to our business and somewhat unfair as it should have been posted as a review of the tour company that brought you to our property. The fact that your tour group did not take you out to enjoy the many natural wonders we offer on Lorella, is no fault of ours. I am also very sorry to read that, as one of the very few visitors lucky enough to be able to enjoy Lorella this year, having one-million acres of wilderness including unpolluted views of our outback night sky, as well as a private campfire, canoes and a hot spring just outside of your room, was disappointing due to our lack of TV and internet access.
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Andrew M wrote a review Jan 2023
Newcastle, Australia7 contributions
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My wife and I and our 5 children would love to say a great big thank you to Rhett and his wife and your team of workers for such a truly beautiful amazing fantastic place to stay for the time that we did . We were that blown away of the size of lorella station its truly breathtaking scenery and wildlife and wilderness for all of us to experience. The hospitality that is shown by Rhett and your wife is something that you just don't get on any level no matter were you go these day's nothing is a issue or a hassle you are both only to happy to help out . It is truly beautiful place and surroundings it was truly spectacular to see what we did in our time there helicopter pool Rosie's rapids la spa and of course the hardest track to see all the rock pools wildfire emerald fossil just to name a few that we did the tracks some are easy and some not so easy it pays to keep ear out on tyre pressures that people are running as 1 mistakes or a little brain fade and the bull dust on some of the tracks will catch even the most experienced 4wds out and it might be a short wait or a long wait for help I did a couple of recoverys whilst we were we there and I was only to happy to help other people out that were alot stuck and not a chance of getting out only to happy I couldn't leave people stuck I'm always going to help . Even when it come to fixing TV settings in the nice cabin's that is part of the accommodation at lorrella Springs I was only to happy to help out with fixing the problem with that for you both . We have told so many people about lorrella Springs station as we move our way west at the moment we are stuck in lock down in Darwin but we could think of worst places to be lol lol lol . Lorrella Springs station is just a fantastic place and truly breathtaking views and swimming holes thermal pools and endless 4wd camping areas the camping area and its facilities are I must say are not what you would expect in such a remote location to be able to have a nice hot shower at the end of the day a cold beverage or a few as well up on the deck watching the little freshwater croc and the turtle's in the pond is just fantastic to sit with other people and talk about were you've been or what the next adventure is your going on is truly great and to be able to talk with the people who run and own lorrella Springs and get good information about all the different places on were to go is simply fantastic. I know that the time we stayed at lorrella was not near long enough so we are coming back in 2025 and to get in there earlier than we did this time because we missed the best part straight after the wet season we want to be in lorrella Springs as soon as possible can . We want be there for a while this time and with more gear so we can do so much more an more stay out at many of the remote locations to camp at get out to the beach not by helicopter either no fun in that lol lol but always a great way to see lorrella an locations as well not that we did this time as there is 7 of us and we would need a bigger helicopter or 2 lol lol . We are going to ask our friends to come along on the next trip as we want share this truly amazing fantastic place with as many as we can . We thank you for sharing this truly amazing place with us and everyone else who makes it to your truly beautiful place in the Australian Gulf region an the limmen national Park. Yours truly Andrew an Hayleu Thank you again for allowing us to visit and stay in such a remote beautiful location with you thanks to both of you for this truly life experience
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Jane A wrote a review July 2022
East Victoria Park, Australia22 contributions7 helpful votes
Thank you very much for another amazing visit to Lorella! Such a privilege to spend time in such a beautiful place, we all enjoyed exploring you beauties. The hot springs were a huge hit and the 4WD exploring were so much fun! Great place for a family camping trip to get off the grid and reconnect.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Road is rough so expect to go slow and enjoy the journey
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Tomleem wrote a review July 2022
Perth, Australia3 contributions
Love this place. Second July school holidays in a row. Amazing variety of adventures, good facilities and great support and advice from the team. Yes the road in is hard (lost a tyre pressure two on the way out for the second year in a row) but that just makes it feel more remote and hard earned. Driving around the challenging tracks is great fun. The opportunity to camp absolutely anywhere is fantastic.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: You need to be up for an adventure and rough roads. A typical caravan park this is not, which is...
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dimich2018 wrote a review July 2022
Darwin, Australia8 contributions1 helpful vote
The road into Lorella Springs is only 31km long and took 45 minutes. It is the worst stretch of road between Darwin and Cape Crawford. Unfortunately that and the amenities tainted the experience for me, considering what you pay to stay there.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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SydneyAussieCouple wrote a review Aug 2021
Sydney, Australia73 contributions50 helpful votes
Very basic amenities-makeshift corrugated iron showers and toilets, shared by men and women with huge unplugged holes all over them. I was not at all comfortable and chose not to use the shower. The water was only hot if someone had fired up the wood heater. All a little too careless. There were barely any provisions available-shop almost empty, which was not an issue for us but I imagine some struggled. The hot spring near reception area was very warm and I really enjoyed it and the socialising, as it got crowded around 3-5 every day ( prob because people were using it as a substitute for their normal shower because of the poor amenities.) Happy hour was fun. The helicopter 1/2 trip was good. The 4WD tracks were demanding, and to get to some of the highlights of the station, took a reasonable walk after driving there. I felt it all a bit over-rated. We found staff lovely and very helpful. But Outback doesn't have to mean lacking in properly private shower and toilet cubicles, particularly in this day and age. One set of mixed amenities offered only shower curtains for doors. Not on for safety of youth and children. If they put a bit more effort in I would totally rate it as a worthwhile visit.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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PeterJT46 wrote a review July 2021
Mandurah, Australia2846 contributions277 helpful votes
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Located 127 Kilometres from Cape Crawford, Lorella Springs offers basic camp spots with access to showers (water can be warm, if you bring wood and light the boiler) and toilets in camp areas close to the homestead. Further away it's full on bush camping. Some good walks, but tracks are rough and not exceptionally well marked. It's worth the trip on the rough, corrugated roads.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: I wouldn't recommend going during the build up
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Fiona C wrote a review July 2021
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We heard about Lorella Springs while chatting with other travelers on the Savannah Way. Our plan was to drop in for a night and visit the Lost City the next day. Well! 5 nights later after exploring Lorella Springs and camping out in the wilderness some nights, camping by the homestead and bathing in the warm springs, we reluctantly dragged ourselves out to see the Lost City (which is amazing). Staff were welcoming and helpful, food was great, limited supplies and diesel available and a beautiful wilderness full of adventure and wildflowers to explore. Tracks 4WD and not for the feint hearted but fabulous.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: This is largely a BYO room for campers but I think there were cabins.
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Linda C wrote a review July 2021
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Dusty, dirty facilities, no bathroom sinks, no covid sanitation or signage, toilets and showers were not cleaned the entire time that we were there. No rubbish bins available in toilets, an outside tap at a bog hole sufficed for a sink for hundreds of people. Couldn't wash face, hands, teeth without water splashing out of mud. Very unhygienic! Nowhere to hang gear in most showers as facilities have not been maintained at all for what looks like season after season. No hot water unless donkey going, and that's ok, except to keep the donkey going, people needed to BYO firewood, from outside the park. Considering how much firewood was available in the park, a small amount could have been continuously stocked at the toilet block. At $25/person, and even in a remote area, this was not good. The sights were very disappointing. The waterholes were long since fouled up by visitors as the drier conditions set in. We did not swim in them. Nanny's Retreat still ok, but sheer numbers of tourists will rapidly make the condition of this waterhole poor, and it's a shame as humans can do without it, but wildlife cannot! Other sights were also not as claimed and the roads were atrocious in some areas to the point that people should have been warned just how bad they were and perhaps closed off until they could be attended to. The hard sell for Helicopter rides met us on arrival, and we did not appreciate the push to do them before we'd even checked in, along with sights that were not as we found them. Direction signage was poor, misleading and too small. We've done years of 4WD trips and remote area camping, dealt with the roughest of roads and poorest of camping facilities, but this far from met our expectations because it's sold as a highlight of an NT visit. It's grossly overated.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Alisa B wrote a review July 2021
Rylstone, Australia6 contributions2 helpful votes
It is beautiful there. And for that alone I would recommend going. However I feel the need to share an unfortunate experience. There are huge privacy issues on the campgrounds. Especially with the hot showers. We were set up close to the wood fire block. One of the teenage girls in our group had a man pull open the shower curtain ( a flimsy, cheap, ripped one fastened with a square of Velcro) whilst she was in there showering. He Opened it fully and had a good look at her before scampering off. Another one in our group saw someone leering to look at them on the toilet. I brought the incident up with the cleaners (who were very sympathetic) and then to reception, only to get a response of “Wow, why would anyone want do that? That’s never happened before” I then asked if there were any showers available on the block with doors. And got a gruff “It’s on our to-do list along with a million other things, everything has to come from Darwin you know and it’s a very long way…” (a rather passive aggressive guilt trip for daring to ask). After being told that “it was our choice to shower there” Her advice was to use the colder central shower block instead which has female/male sections. I left bewildered and was later shocked to find out that this lady who unconsciously condoned questionable conditions, was one of the owners. 🥺 There was no apology or care towards our kids feeling violated at all. Just a dismissive “I get it”. And I’m saddened to see that this issue has been brought up in a previous review from 2 years ago. Everyone has a right to personal privacy. We left the following day feeling unheard and obsolete. Lorella Springs is a beautiful spot with breathtaking scenery. And most of the staff there are more than accommodating. I just feel compelled to warn others of the potential risk that we unfortunately encountered there. This man was a visitor. And I fully accept that the owners have no control over his decision to invade ones personal space. But doors aren’t a huge ask. Even if they’re tin ones. Just something that can be secured. However after the response I got, I don’t see it ever happening. Just something to be wary of when visiting.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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