- Tucked inside a 70,000-hectare working buffalo station – 3 hours drive east of Darwin, NT, Bamurru Plains is a luxury glamping site treasured by nature lovers and photographers. It allows guests to immerse themselves in the bush, gaze out at feeding birds, sip champagne by the pool and choose from a gamut of guided activities.
- Situated in Australia’s Top End, in a wildlife-teeming outback area that’s home to the southern hemisphere’s highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles, Bamurru Plains is an upmarket safari lodge with real style. The coastal floodplains of northern Australia are home to prolific bird and wildlife Australia’s answer to the Okavango Delta.
- Bamurru Plains is great fun, with communal dining and a very small personal feel, this is back-to-nature with a stylish edge. The inviting infinity pool sits behind the main pavilion.
- The ten room camp safari lodge exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ ensuring that guests are introduced to the sights and sounds of this spectacular environment in style and exclusivity.
- Bamurru’s team of passionate field guides offer a variety of activities form the camp, including exhilarating airboat trips on the floodplains.
- Ask to visit The Hide, a unique treehouse where you can enjoy birdwatching, a lazy siesta lunch or even a sleep out in this private nest in the sky.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Bamurru’s signature experience is a thrilling ride across the floodplains by airboat. This wildlife-packed journey takes you from wide open grasslands to a lagoon surrounded by peeling paper bark trees. Feel the rush as you skim the surface at speed then float in silence listening to the sound of nothing but the bush.
The Mary River catchment is home to some 236 species of bird, many of which are found at Bamurru Plains. The significance of this particular property comes in the variety of habitat: black soil floodplains, paperbark swamps, savannah woodland, river mangroves and coastal beaches support an extraordinary diversity of birdlife. For serious birders we can arrange for private experiences with ornithologists who specialise in this region of Australia.
Our relaxing river cruise takes you for a meander along the Sampan Creek, home to countless crocodiles and even more birds. This riverine habitat showcases different scenery and wildlife to elsewhere on the property, with mangroves lining the banks of the creek and the occasional barra leaping out of the water.
One of the best ways to see the variety of wildlife that teems here is on an open-top game drive, more akin to an African safari across the savannah. You’ll see agile wallabies, estuarine crocodiles, wild horses, buffalo’s and some of the 236 bird species on the property.
A guided walking safari at Bamurru is the perfect antidote to a busy life. You’re compelled to slow down and absorb the sights and sounds of the bush, understanding how every element has its place. At this pace, nature has a way of showing you what’s important.
Raised six metres above the ground in the tree canopy overlooking the Mary River floodplain, The Hide is the ultimate eyrie from which birdlife and other wildlife can be observed undisturbed in their natural habitat. The Hide gives guests a unique perspective on this fragile environment.
Criss-crossing between floodplain savannah, monsoonal forests and dry, open areas dotted with termite mounds alongside buffalo and brumbies, explore Bamurru from the wheel of your own quad bike.
While technically not a real activity, some of our guests prefer to do absolutely nothing. The best bit is that the wildlife will come to you. Watch hundreds of birds take flight from around the infinity-edge pool, see buffalo roam and Agile wallabies hop past your bungalow as you wake to sounds of thousands of Magpie Geese. If all you want to do is switch off, chill out and get away from the hustle and bustle of life then Bamurru is one of the best places in the world to do it.
Just a short hop by light aircraft across the river systems that separate Bamurru Plains from Kakadu brings you to the heart of this country. Rock art galleries reveal stories of Aboriginal people and their ancient culture. Textures of colours, vistas across savannah woodlands and floodplains provide a sense of the spirituality of this ancient landscape.
In the wet, the Mary River floodplains are full of water and Barra, as are the creeks of the Mary River System which adjoin Bamurru Plains. The highlight for any fisherman at Bamurru however, is fishing out on the floodplains by airboat.
Bamurru’s abundance of bird and wildlife, sweeping vistas and stunning sunrises and sunsets offer both the novice and experienced photographers first-class opportunities to take magical photographs. At certain times of the year we run specific photography courses.
Bamurru Plains offers an amazing luxury wilderness experience on the coastal floodplains of the Mary River delta, on the edge of Kakadu National Park. Here, a touch of style and comfort is brought to the remote wilderness of Top End. This remote and beautiful wilderness region has no other accommodation like the exclusive Bamurru Plains. The focus of your stay here is on the environment around you that the wildlife and birdlife here call home. The safari suites have all been designed to blend into the environment and maximise the potential to see and hear the natural wonders of the bush – TVs, telephones and CD players are not found here – the key creature comforts of comfortable beds, good quality sheets, fluffy large towels, hot showers and plenty of space are what are important.
With just ten freestanding safari suites raised on timber platforms stand overlooking the floodplains and surrounding bush area, the camp is exclusive and you will have the place all to yourselves. The accommodation is similar to the luxury safari camps in Africa, all with en-suite bathrooms and much of it open so that you have maximum viewing potential. Excellent food and wine add to the ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ experience. Evenings tend to start with ‘sundowners’ and canapés, and meals in the lodge tend to be communal with guests sharing stories about their day while enjoying wholesome and innovative cuisine. Bamurru’s team of passionate field guides offer a variety of activities: including cruises on the Sampan River to spot crocodiles, fishing trips, 4×4 safaris, scenic helicopter flights over the floodplains and coastline, and tours to the rock art galleries of Arnhem Land. The floodplains and savannah woodland offer one of Australia’s richest wildlife experiences.
There are ten safari suites on raised wooden platforms at Bamurru Plains, nine Safari suites and the Kingfisher Suite which offers more room and privacy. Three of the Safari Bungalows have air-conditioning. Each is simple and stylish in design yet great attention to detail has been paid to comfort and all of the suites have comfortable king size beds with 100% organic cotton linen, en-suite bathrooms with high pressure showers and large soft bath towels. Each suite has a covered seating area where you can escape from the sun, curl up with a book or watch the wildlife.
Spacious and cool, each of the nine safari bungalows are built on stilts overlooking the floodplains, frequented by a myriad of bird and animal life. Mesh screen ceiling to floor walls on all three sides around the bed provides an experience in which guests can hear, see and almost touch the wildlife and wilderness around. The alarm clock in the morning is the call of Magpie Geese, after whom the camp is named, as the orange light of dawn spreads across the floodplain, all is audible and visible without having to leave your bed! The focus is on a supremely comfortable bed (organic cotton linen, pillow menu) and a spacious ensuite bathroom with high pressure showers. In addition to corrugated iron and lantern lighting, the bungalow décor reflects the region’s earlier indigenous, hunting and pastoral history with buffalo horns, explorer’s maps, Aboriginal art work and fish traps as well as old photos providing a sense of the human heritage of the area. Each room has a cold water thermos, local flora and fauna reading materials and species list.
The Kingfisher Suite reflects Bamurru’s core philosophy of blending the accommodation as closely as possible with the surrounding bush, however, is designed to allow guests a superior sense of seclusion while retaining a spectacular outlook on the Swim Creek floodplain. The sense of scale in this floodplain setting is accentuated by the size of the suite and Bamurru’s trademark ceiling to floor mesh screens allowing guests an intimate sense of exposure to the wildlife and wilderness outside. With 81m2 of space in the bedroom alone, the suite features a king size bed, lounge area and (if travelling as a family) space to accommodate a family of 5 in comfort – deluxe swags are provided for children to sleep out on the enclosed suite verandah. The proximity and sounds of the bush at night provide a sense of excitement while securely tucked up behind the screened walls of the suite.
Each meal is a group experience, unless you make alternate arrangements to dine alone. Indonesian chef Made Mustika doesn’t disappoint with his breakfasts, which can include wild berry and wattle seed muffins, ‘bush eggs’ and bacon with native ingredient relish on sourdough toast and bircher museli with manuka honey. Dinner incorporates satisfying dishes such as wild barramundi with a finger lime salsa, bush-spiced duck confit, and lemon myrtle tart. The all-Australian wine list is extensive, and daytime snacks are available in the main lodge.
Bamurru’s chefs incorporate native and locally sourced produce to provide a gourmet experience integrating authentic, yet contemporary Australian recipes, from kangaroo skewers to crispy barramundi with finger lime salsa and quandong ice-cream. Dining is enjoyed with fellow guests, where the day’s stories are recounted and new friends are made. Breakfast is generally light as guests are up early to experience the wildlife first thing, start the day with freshly baked wild berry and wattle seed muffins, ‘bush eggs’ any style on sourdough toast with bacon, tomato, warrigal green and kutjera relish or house blend bircher muesli with Manuka honey, bush apple and a dollop of vanilla bean yogurt. Lunch is generally served on the wildlife observation deck overlooking the floodplains, where guests might enjoy citrus and fennel warm chicken salad with roasted macadamia nuts while watching a changing cast of birds, brumbies, buffalo and wallabies.
Siesta Lunch Retreat
The most exclusive way of enjoying lunch in the bush at one of Australia’s most exclusive bush properties is at The Hide – designed in true Wild Bush Luxury style. With a gourmet picnic hamper, a selection of premium wines, a bird book, set of binoculars and a two way radio to stay in touch, let one of Bamurru’s field guides drop you at The Hide to enjoy a romantic lunch and afternoon siesta with just the sounds and sights of the floodplain to keep you company.
Guests can help themselves to drinks at any time from the self-service bar offering a variety of refreshments, including an after dinner tipple for those so inclined.
Bamurru has an inviting infinity swimming pool for all guests to enjoy as well as a library. For a truly unique experience, ask our Travel Consultants about The Hide, the ultimate viewing spot treehouse. The hideaway can be used for birdwatching, a siesta lunch or a treetop sleep out where you can enjoy a night under the tree canopy.
Bamurru’s team of passionate field guides offer a variety of activities from the lodge, including cruises on the Sampan River to spot crocodiles, fishing trips, four-wheel drive safaris, scenic helicopter flights over the floodplains and coastline, and tours to the rock art galleries of Arnhem Land.
The floodplains and savannah woodland offer one of Australia’s richest wildlife experiences: tens of thousands of Magpie Geese mingle with Whistling Kites, egrets, herons and buffalo on the floodplain, while Blue-winged Kookaburras, parrots, cockatoos and Agile Wallabies inhabit the fringing woodlands.
In the evening, you’ll sit back with a sundowner drink and canapés and enjoy the soft ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ touches that are the Bamurru trademark. There is also an open bar, a small swimming pool and nature reference library. Bamurru Plains, its facilities and 300 km² of country are exclusively for the use of its guests – a quiet, privileged outback experience.
There’s also an outdoor deck featuring a pandanus-framed pool.