A tale over 50,000 years in the making
The heart of Arnhem Land
Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris at Mt Borradaile is a registered aboriginal sacred site in a remote 700 sq-km, exclusively leased area nestled against the Arnhem Land escarpment. This is a landscape of rugged ranges fringed by idyllic billabongs, flood plains, paper bark swamps and monsoonal rainforests, an amazingly beautiful wilderness.
Mt Borradaile is still owned and managed by its traditional custodians the Amurdak people whose inhabitation of the area dates back for 50,000 years. Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to access this very special, protected and highly restricted region via the honorary custodian status conferred on Max Davidson and his staff by the traditional landowners. Today the story of their ancestry is evident in the many tools, ceremonial grounds and rock art paintings - still being uncovered today.
From humble beginnings
Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris began operating in 1986 when the traditional owners of the area approached Max Davidson in regards to the possibility of a tourism venture at Mt Borradaile. The lodge has evolved over the years to become the premium destination in Arnhem Land. Providing a high level of flexible tours and activities with accommodation and facilities that complement this unique wilderness experience.
While providing a much needed source of income for Mt Borradaile's traditional owners, Eco Tourism is a modern way to preserve the landscape and culturally significant sites to ensure future generations can enjoy it in its natural state. That is why we've adopted the highest standards of practise and certification from organisations such as Eco Tourism Australia, and the Respect our Culture Certification initiative.