Locals from Darwin escape here for the weekend to unwind … and it's easy to see why.
The Northern Territory has an amazing array of attractions. Some are a little difficult to reach because of their remoteness, but Lake Bennett Wilderness Resort is so close to Darwin, locals go there for a weekend away from the big smoke.
Travellers find it convenient as a base for further travels. Litchfield National Park is a 40 minute drive, Kakadu two hours and Katherine two-and-a-half hours, all on bitumen road.
The Milatos family purchased the 150 hectares in 1996, and 10 months of very hard work turned it into the 3½ + 4-star resort it is today.
Lake Bennett, a manmade, fresh water lake, takes up 81 hectares. It can be explored by canoe or electric dinghy without fear of contact with crocodiles! The rest of the property is tropical Australian bushland.
Seven types of accommodation around the top of the lake suit all budgets and holiday preferences. It has been conservationally planned, is comfortable, relaxing and unobtrusive.
The executive lake frontage units have private outdoor spas on the verandah and the one and two-bedroom bungalows are self-contained and air conditioned. You can actually fish from your own verandah!
Garden wing motel rooms have queen and single beds and are set in the gardens. Two rooms have been adapted for disabled use.
Budget rooms are air-conditioned, beds are bunk and they have shared kitchenette and adjacent bathroom.
The lake's waters lapping at your doorstep just call for guests to sail, go boating, fish for barramundi, cod and black bream or just laze on a floating mattress.
You can sunbathe or fish from floating pontoons, visit the sunken forest and admire native birdlife, aquatic life and colourful waterlilies.
There are so many things to do at Lake Bennett, people just keep returning. There's bushwalking, a golf driving range, rock climbing and abseiling, plus bush tucker tours in the dry.
The resort has a fully licensed restaurant/bistro which caters for all tastes and budgets. Meals may be taken indoors or under the stars and it can be taken away to enjoy in the beautiful gardens.
Coming up at Lake Bennett is a special concert with the 80 piece Darwin Symphony Orchestra playing from a pontoon in the lake to an audience of music-loving picnickers.