Stay at Bamurru Plains in Kakadu National Park.

Bamurru Plains is a property with a unique bush lodge that exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and brings a touch of style to the discovery of a remote and beautiful wilderness. With an abundance of bird and wildlife on your doorstep, a stay at Bamurru Plains is the perfect luxury getaway in the Top End. 

We have accommodation and activity options for your visit to Bamurru Plains. Here we let you know why you should take a visit to Bamurru whilst you are in the Northern Territory. 

Bamurru Plains

 Bamurru Plains is wild bush luxury property in Kakadu National Park. Bamurru was founded and is run by Charles Carlow, whose philosophy is all about “provoking, inspiring and reconnecting” guests to the bush through experiences that are natural, exclusive and truly Australian.

Bamurru is located on the Mary River floodplain in western Kakadu National Park and is a 300sqkm privately owned property. The property is the main lodge with pool plus 10 freestanding safari bungalows, is the home base for a luxurious, activity-filled Northern Territory holiday.

From February to the end of April each year, Bamurru Plains becomes an exclusive fishing lodge, offering packages for barramundi fishing in the rivers. As a guest at Bamurru Plains, you can choose from a range of packages, from accommodation plus all meals and beverages from a select open bar, to a package with a morning and afternoon activity each day. Or select the accommodation package and add on your activities at an extra cost.

At Bamurru we have an experienced chef who creates a new menu each day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The focus is on freshness and the cuisine is contemporary Australian with a hint of native produce. I enjoy a selection of fruits, cereals and muffins, plus salmon and scrambled eggs for breakfast, a warm trout salad at lunch and a three-course dinner with a soup starter, followed by tender steak and vegetables and a delicious souffle with dulce de leche ice cream for dessert.

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Safari Bungalows

In Bamurru you get the opportunity to stay in the Safari Bungalows. 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 you can hear, see and almost touch the wildlife and wilderness around you. Plus they are cool and with plenty of space. 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 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. The décor reflects the region's earlier indigenous, hunting and pastoral history, with buffalo horns, explorer's maps, Aboriginal artwork 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.

Warning: In Bamurru Plains there is no internet access, no television or mobile phone coverage. A true escape to your immediate environment.

Getting to Bamurru Plains

One of the most popular frequently asked questions about visiting Bamurru from our guests is how do you get there. It's pretty remote and hidden in Kakadu National Park, not an area filled with tourists, however, we have made it easy for our guests.

Just three hours' drive from Darwin, or take a scenic charter flight that only takes 30 minutes, and flies over some of the most spectacular wetlands in the world. As the property is a working buffalo station, guests who are self-driving are required to leave their vehicle safely inside the entrance to the property. From here you will be picked up by a safari guide for the 20-minute drive on to the lodge.

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Food at Bamurru Plains

All meals, prepared by an on-site chef, are served on a long, shared table inside the main lodge, a great way to meet new and interesting people. Dinner is hosted by one of our guides and you will head out to a campfire out on the deck, with the guide pointing out various stars in the awesome landscape of the Top End sky.

Our philosophy to provoke, inspire and reconnect guests to the bush is reflected in every aspect of your stay at Bamurru Plains, including your dining experience. Incorporating 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.

During our leisure season, between May and October, breakfast is generally light as guests are up early to experience the wildlife first thing, so we might start the day with freshly baked wild berry & wattleseed muffins, 'bush eggs' any style on sourdough toast with bacon, tomato, warrigal green & kutjera relish or house blend bircher muesli with Manuka honey, bush apple and a dollop of vanilla bean yoghurt.

Lunch is generally served on the wildlife observation deck overlooking the floodplains, where you might enjoy citrus and fennel warm chicken salad with roasted macadamia nuts. Canapés out in the wilderness while enjoying your afternoon activity are followed by a three-course dinner hosted by your field guide featuring more Australian bush-inspired recipes. Watch our chef create his favorite bush spiced duck confit in the open kitchen from our dinner table.

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. 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 this unique area of Australia that brings the experience alive.

Dietary requirements, allergies, and preferences are catered for however please give advance warning. Given our remote location, we are not just a nip around the corner to the store.


Airboat tours in Kakadu National Park

The floodplain wetlands of the Mary River catchment are the key natural feature of this area and some of the most important in the country, home to thousands of Magpie Geese, Plumed Whistling-Duck, Egrets, Ibis and a host of other birds. These beautiful birds will take flight as you zip across the floodplains on your airboat, flocks sometimes thousands of birds strong!

Our guides will provide you with a hands-on demonstration of the many uses of the flora from the wetlands whilst floating amongst a forest of melaleuca trees or looking out for crocodiles slowly swimming amongst the grasses of the floodplain. A morning trip out on the floodplains in an airboat is utterly exhilarating and the only way to truly experience this environment.

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Activities at Bamurru Plains

Take a 4WD adventure on our open-sided safari vehicles feature shaded canopies with comfortable and raised seating to provide the best possible vantage point to view agile wallabies, estuarine crocodiles, wild horses, buffaloes and some of the 236 bird species on the property.

Our guides will describe the Aboriginal uses for some of the local flora and fauna while you enjoy a cool drink and bite to eat.

Take one of our guided walks around Bamurru Plains. Set off on foot through paperbark forests and savannah environments and slowly cover ground to take in the diversity of the environment around you. Look for ant trails that criss cross the ground at your feet, or the birds calling up in the tree tops before settling in for morning tea amongst the beauty which is Bamurru.

After a delicious breakfast, head out with our guides away from the main lodge on a short drive before continuing on foot learning the Indigenous uses for the various plants and animals on Bamurru or learning how to track different wildlife through the forest. The perfect way to start your day!

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Take our packages to get you to Bamurru Plains

Take our 3 Night Ultimate Kakadu Experience to Bamurru Plains.

Ultimate Kakadu Experience includes 3 Nights accommodation at Bamurru Plains, chef-prepared meals, and beverages from a select open bar as well as daily guided wilderness safaris which may include airboat excursions, open-top 4WD safaris, quad bike adventures, wilderness walks, crocodile spotting river cruises and wildlife viewing (subject to weather conditions). One full-day shared Kakadu experience is also included in this package on a Tuesday or Friday only. This experience can take up to 15 Bamurru Plains guests and must be pre-booked.

Take our 2 Night Ultimate Wilderness Experience

Safari Bungalow Ultimate Wilderness Experience Package includes 2 nights accommodation in a safari bungalow with eco-friendly ensuite,chef-prepared meals and beverages from a select open bar as well as daily guided wilderness safaris which may include airboat tours, quad bike adventures, open-top 4WD safaris, river cruises and wilderness walks, subject to weather conditions.

See Kakadu National Park in style with a focus on the environment and wildlife.

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