- All inclusive
- Self-service bar
- Outdoor pool
Overview – Bamurru Plains
A little west of the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Bamurru Plains offers some of Australia’s richest wildlife viewing in comfort and style.
Wallaroos, wallabies, crocodiles, dingoes and buffalo are just some of the thousands of species that inhabit the fertile floodplains and savannah woodlands in the Mary River catchment area. With just ten bungalows on offer, Bamurru Plains lets you lose yourself to the remote wilderness with minimal impact on the fragile environment.
The camp is built at the edge of bushland, so as not to disturb existing plant growth, and almost all power for electricity and hot water is generated from whisper-quiet solar panels. Bore water is filtered for drinking and native herb soaps are entirely chemical free. Bamurru Plains is so committed to sustainability that sheets are organic cotton and sand-coloured, so as not to require bleach.
Bird and animal lovers will be thrilled with the many wildlife-based activities available. Observe the camp’s feathered residents from the Hide, a 6 metre-high platform with 360-degree panoramas of the floodplains. You also have the option to sleep out here, immersed in the sights and sounds of the bush after dark. Zip across the waters in an airboat or embark on a more sedate river cruise. Keen fishermen may get a chance to catch prized barramundi in the area’s abundant waterways.
Bear in mind that the landscape surrounding Bamurru Plains changes dramatically throughout the year, dictating the types of activities on offer. The ‘Early Dry’ from May to July brings cooler temperatures and extraordinary raptor watching. From August until December, the waters dry up leading to vast numbers of birds and animals congregating at remaining waterholes. When the monsoon arrives in January, the region is drenched by impressive thunderstorms which induce plant growth. Due to heavy rains, please note that Bamurru Plains is closed from November to February.
Meals at camp are contemporary Australian, with an emphasis on home-grown seasonal ingredients thus your daily menu is also influenced by what time of year it is. Expect plenty of locally sourced fish and meats, as well as bush spices, finger limes and macadamia nuts. There is also an onsite bar where guests can help themselves to a range of refreshments.
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Rooms – Bamurru Plains
The ten bungalows at Bamurru Plains are constructed to make the most of natural airflow, set on stilts and surrounded with mesh screens on three sides to allow in the breeze. The ultra-comfortable beds are dressed in organic linen and there is a pillow menu. Conveniences include a high-pressure hot water shower in the ensuite, and a thermos of cool drinking water. There is no TV, no internet access and no mobile reception to ensure total seclusion from the rest of the world.
Nine of the bungalows are identical and accommodate a maximum of two guests. Honeymooners, families or groups may wish to book the 81m² Kingfisher Suite, which is the camp’s largest. This plus-sized bungalow has a separate lounge area, in-room dining service and a shower that looks out upon the surrounding forest. The Kingfisher Suite sleeps up to five guests.
Facilities – Bamurru Plains
- 10 bungalows, including 1 suite
- Dining room
- Outdoor pool
- The Hide
Activities at extra cost
- Airboat safaris
- 4WD tours
- River cruise
- Fishing charters
- Half or full trip to Arnhem Land or Kakadu NP*
- Picnic lunch or three-course dinner at the Hide
- Sleep out at the Hide
*Recommended only if staying at Bamurru Plains for more than 3 nights.
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Bamurru Plains is three hours by road from Darwin. Self-driving guests are requested to park their vehicle safely within the property boundaries – you are then picked up by a guide for the 20-minute drive to the lodge. It is also possible to take a 30-minute scenic charter flight from Darwin or Kakadu National Park to this property.
Cap off your Top End expedition with a visit to impressive Uluru and Australia’s Red Centre – connections are available from Darwin. Alternatively, explore the remote Kimberley region out west – El Questro Homestead and The Berkeley River Lodge are two glamorous bases from which to explore this gorge-studded, sparsely populated corner of Australia.