Bamurru Plains, on the edge of Kakadu
Bamurru Plains is located on the 300 square kilometre Swim Creek Station to the west Kakadu National Park, 250km east of Darwin. The "wild bush luxury" of up market African safaris is the theme of Bamurru Plains. On the pristine coastal floodplains of the Mary River, guests will live and breathe the natural environment while being afforded all the expected creature comforts of a premium Safari Camp. The stone country of Arnhem Land and Kakadu is just a short distance away, providing an insight into the region's Aboriginal heritage.
Peak Leisure Season will be May-October, whilst the early part of the year, February-April, Bamurru Plains operates as a dedicated fishing lodge. It is these wet season months that fisherman from all over the globe visit the Top End to fish the mighty Barramundi during the 'run off' period.
Each year in the ‘wet season’, usually January to March, the floodplains are replenished with the monsoonal rains and the flora, fauna and fish of the Top End spring to life. Fish the coastal floodplains by airboat or river boat on the Sampan River. Anglers staying at Bamurru Plains during the fishing period will also appreciate the abundant wildlife around Bamurru with wallabies and wild buffalo in the surrounding savannah country, excellent fishing - and brilliant sunsets as flocks of birds return to roost.
Accommodation at Bamurru Plains
The luxury safari suites are located among Pandanus and Savannah bush with sweeping views across the wetlands. Each safari suite has a private ensuite, is perched on a raised timber platform and is designed to blend with the surrounding bushland. The morning chorus of tens of thousands of Magpie Geese, after whom the camp is named, is an experience in itself.
Sit back and relax in your room which has been designed with the outside in mind so that you can literally see and hear what is around you and have a sense of closeness to the environment. With no telephones, televisions, CD players or the typical features of a hotel room to distract you, your focus turns to the surrounding environment. Relax by the pool with a long cool drink and watch the evening in this pristine wilderness unfold as only untouched nature knows how.
The concept is simple - we have focused on key creature comforts, a supremely comfortable bed, 100% cotton linen, large soft bath towels, a high pressure shower and have provided lots of space for you to feel the freedom.
Gourmet food and premium wines will be served in the main lodge. Meals are wholesome and innovative with a hint of native produce in many dishes. Your hosts will provide an informal level of attention that is only possible when you are one of a small number of guests. It is their knowledge of the area that brings the experience alive.
With just 9 safari suites built amongst the savannah bush fringing the floodplains, the camp is exclusive and guests will not see other tourists on the property. Make time to enjoy all the facilities on hand, including a library and bar, dining area, outdoor deck and swimming pool.
Rates and Packages
Floodplain Chillout Package rates include: accommodation, all meals and select house beverages. On this package activities are not inlcuded but can be booked and paid for locally.
Adult rates are per person with an additional cost for a sole use suite. Children under 16 years sharing with adults will be charged a child rate.
NOTE: Bamurru Plains Safari Camp is not suitable for children under the age of eight years.
Guests wishing to self-drive may do so but, as the property is a working buffalo station, they are required to leave their vehicles at the entrance of the property from where they will be picked up by a staff member for the 20 minute drive back to camp.
Note: Bamurru Plains is closed from 1 November to 31 January each year.
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