Bamurru Plains, Northern Australia, Australia
Bamurru Plains is located just to the west of Kakadu National Park on the Mary River floodplains. A profusion of bird and wildlife are on the doorstep of a unique bush camp that exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and brings a touch of style to a remote and beautiful wilderness.
The focus of a stay at Bamurru is on the environment and the local wildlife and birdlife. Each of the nine safari bungalows is built amongst the savannah woodland fringing the floodplains and is designed to expose guests to the sights and sounds of the surrounding bush. The ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ concept is simple and focuses on an immersive bush experience supported by key creature comforts: a supremely comfortable bed; a large ensuite bathroom; and excellent food and wine.
Meals in the lodge building are wholesome, innovative and peppered with native produce. They are shared communally with guests, guides and hosts. The Bamurru team provides an informal level of attention and it is their local knowledge and the passion of the guides that brings the place alive.
Activities take place on the floodplains of the Mary River, one of the most important ecosystems in Australia and host to an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna. A morning trip by airboat is utterly exhilarating and the only way to truly experience an environment that is home to thousands of Magpie Geese, Plumed Whistling-Duck, Egrets, Ibis and a host of other birds. Other activities include open top safari drives, river cruises in search of saltwater crocodiles and guided bush walks.
Wildlife viewing on foot or by vehicle takes place in the savannah woodland and frequently seen species include: Agile Wallabies, Antilopine Wallaroos, dingos, Estuarine Crocodiles, wild pigs and buffalo. Other species appear at night – a variety of reptiles, possums, water monitors and other amphibians. River cruises on the Sampan River reveal one of the largest crocodile populations in the world. At extra cost specialist fishing guides will host serious fisher-folk and Bamurru can arrange visits to the Aboriginal rock art galleries of Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land.
Please Note: The camp is not suitable for children under 8 years of age. This is partly acknowledging the small size of the camp; additionally there are several safety considerations. If the camp is booked exclusively and suitable supervision is arranged then children of any age will be permitted. Please also note there are no child minding facilities available at Bamurru Plains. All guests dine together.
Location and Transfers
Bamurru Plains is located on Swim Creek Station, a 303 sq km coastal buffalo pastoral property near Point Stuart in the Mary River Region. The property encompasses a variety of habitat including vast river frontage, coastal floodplains, savannah woodland, and paperbark swamps. The station is 10 kms from Kakadu National Park’s western boundary (100kms from Jabiru in Kakadu) and just over 100 kms east of Darwin.
The 25 minute charter flight from Darwin covers some of the most spectacular wetlands in the world and lands at Swim Creek Station Airstrip. A member of staff will be there to greet you on arrival at the airstrip and transfer you to the lodge – a journey time of approximately 20 minutes. Private flights may be arranged, please call for details. Alternatively, Bamurru Plains is a 3 hour drive from Darwin (the first hour and three quarters is on sealed tarmac road, the last hour and a quarter are on unsealed public and station roads).
A style of accommodation more akin to some of the safari camps in Africa, Bamurru Plains’ attraction lies in the birdlife and wildlife of the surrounding floodplains and savannah woodland. As with the African camps Bamurru believes that a stylish wilderness experience does not need to be 5 star in the traditional sense; however there are key elements that are crucial to an exclusive stay in the bush: a supremely comfortable bed and quality linen (100% cotton, a choice of 3 pillows), great bathrooms, good food & wine and excellent guiding. Bamurru does not purport to be a 5 star room in the bush but the style of experience is utterly exclusive, rustically chic and totally in tune with the surrounding country.
The camp has nine safari bungalows built amongst the pandanus vegetation on the edge of the wetlands. Each of them has been built with privacy uppermost in mind and to take advantage of the spectacular views across the wetlands. Each bedroom has views towards the floodplains. Rooms are available in twin and king double configurations and extra bedding is available in the form of a deluxe swag.
Ensuite bathrooms wrap around one side and/or the rear of each safari bungalow with high pressure showers and hot water. All rooms have ceiling fans for the dry months of winter (April to October) and air conditioning can be provided in 3 rooms during the wet season months. As most of the power is solar generated, air-conditioning requires additional generator capacity and a surcharge applies.
Please note that Bamurru Plains is a ‘camp’ and as such exposes guests to the sights and sounds of the bush around them. In keeping with this, the safari bungalows do not have televisions, CD players, mini-bars, telephones, internet access. Hair dryers are available on request
As there is an early start in the mornings to observe the wildlife we offer a light breakfast to start the day. There is a selection of cereals, fruit, juices and freshly baked bread. The first major meal is lunch served at approx. 12:30pm. Snacks and drinks are provided when out on activities. A three course dinner (first course is often canapés on the front deck) is served at approximately 7:30 every evening and dinner is hosted by the camp manager or one of the guides. Meals are shared with other guests around the dining room table. Food is based on contemporary Australian cuisine with a hint of native produce. A select open bar (wines, beers and soft drinks) is included in the tariff and this is generally accessed on a self-service basis. There will be a range of premium wines and spirits available for purchase
Facilities and Activities
Covered Outdoor Deck/Lounge Area
River Cruises – for spotting birds and crocodiles on the Sampan River
Game Drives – in open-top 4WD vehicles
Airboat trips – on the floodplains
Private Guided Day Trips to Kakadu National Park or Arnhem Land