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The luxury lodge of Bamurru Plains stands at the edge of the Mary River floodplain, close to the coast and Kakadu’s western boundary in an area of exceptional natural beauty and high biodiversity.

This unique bush lodge exudes luxury and brings a touch of style to this remote and beautiful wilderness. Each of the ten spacious, cool bungalows stands on stilts overlooking the floodplain with its profusion of bird and animal life. Floor to ceiling mesh walls allow you to hear, see and almost touch your surroundings. You wake to the call of the magpie geese that give their name to the camp, as dawn lights the floodplain – all of which is audible and visible without even leaving your bed!

All rooms have a supremely comfortable bed (organic cotton linen, pillow menu) and a spacious en suite bathroom with high pressure shower. The décor reflects the region's indigenous, hunting and pastoral history, with Aboriginal art work and old photos. Each room is equipped with a thermos of cold water, books on local flora and fauna, a species list and binoculars. There is no internet access, television or mobile phone coverage, which guarantees a true escape. The philosophy of inspiring and reconnecting guests with the bush is reflected in every aspect of your stay, including the gourmet dining experience, which integrates native and locally-sourced produce into authentic, yet contemporary Australian recipes.

Bamurru's team of passionate field guides offer a variety of wilderness safaris: from skimming across the floodplain on an airboat, to cruising down the Sampan River in search of crocodiles, or open-top four-wheel-drive safaris and guided walks out to the further reaches of the property. If you wish to make the most out of their time here, all guided safaris can be included. 

The lodge lies three hours' drive from Darwin and 2.5 hours from Jabiru in Kakadu National Park; alternatively you can take a scenic 30-minute charter flight by light aircraft from Darwin across some of the world’s most spectacular wetlands.  As the property is a working buffalo station, if you arrive in your own vehicle you are required to leave your vehicle safely inside the entrance to the property and will be picked up by a safari guide for the 20-minute drive to the lodge.

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Key info

  • Available*: Jan-Dec * The dates shown are when the accommodation is generally available. Please enquire for specific availability.

Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Wildlife of Kimberley & Bamurru Plains

The remarkable Kimberley Coast is home to towering waterfalls, rugged outback landscapes, ancient Aboriginal art and abundant wildlife – there is no place on earth quite like the Kimberley, and no better way to discover it than on an unforgettable small ship cruise between Darwin and Broome.

  • When to go: May-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 22 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wings over the Top End

Flying over Kakadu National Park, and into Bamurru plains and Arnhem Land, gives you a fantastic bird’s-eye view of the incredibly rich biodiversity. The coastal floodplains of Northern Australia are home to prolific birdlife, while Kakadu and Arnhem Land are the heartland of its indigenous culture.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,845 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Kakadu National Park

Lying 240 kilometres east of Darwin, Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park. Covering almost 20,000 square kilometres it is a place of huge biodiversity whose rare endemic animals include more than a third of the country’s bird species and a quarter of its freshwater and estuarine fish species.

  • Where: Northern Territory
  • Ideal for viewing: saltwater crocodile, agile wallaby, antilopine wallaroo, flying fox, sugar glider
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris