Bamurru Plains
Safari Bungalow 4WD Safari on Bamurru Plains
Safari Bungalow
4WD Safari on Bamurru Plains

Bamurru Plains

Bamurru Plains is Australia’s answer to the Okavango Delta, located on a 300km² of private buffalo station, just west of the Kakadu National Park on the Mary River floodplains. Bamurru invites guests to share in a profusion of bird and wildlife right on their doorstep in a unique bush camp that exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and brings a touch of style to the discovery of a remote and beautiful wilderness. A stay at Bamurru Plains is inclusive of accommodation in a Safari Bungalow or Kingfisher Suite with eco-friendly ensuite, all chef-prepared meals and beverages including alcohol. Daily guided wilderness activities will be included on the Ultimate Wilderness Experience Package or available to be booked and paid for locally on the Floodplain Chillout Package




Waking to the sound of wallabies and buffaloes waking up to the morning light as it spreads across the floodplain, magpie geese flying overhead - all visible without having to leave your bed! An exhilarating airboat ride across the Mary River Floodplain is one of the best ways to see the birdlife that teems here and skimming through a wilderness of clear water and tall grass at dawn or dusk is a truly magical experience.

Need to Know

The lodge is closed 1 November - 31 January and from 1 February through until 30 April we operate as a dedicated Barramundi fishing lodge before the regular leisure season begins 1 May - 31 October.


The day breaks to the tune of thousands of Magpie Geese, the whistling of the kites and the thumping of Agile Wallabies hopping by your bungalow. Over an early morning coffee or steaming tea our guides help you plan your day. Airboats are one of the best ways to see the birdlife that teems here and skimming through a wilderness of clear water and tall grass at dawn or at dusk is a truly magical experience. Flocks of Magpie Geese, Plumed Whistling-Duck and a host of other birds, sometimes thousands strong, will take flight as you zip across the floodplains! Out boating on the Sampan River silver flashes of fish break the surface, all sorts of creatures move in the grass, the air is warm and still and all eyes scan the shallows for big saltwater crocodiles. The Sampan and Mary River system harbour one of the largest crocodile densities in the world and during the dry season, the crocs will bask on the banks of the river in the sunlight to regulate their body temperatures. Relax in the shade provided on our canopy covered cruise as you meander along this creek system, learning about the wildlife and vegetation from our skilled guides and enjoying sunset canape's as the light begins to fade. On guided walks and 4WD safaris search for brumbies, buffalo, dingos and wallabies or pause to consider an intriguing reptile or the adaptations of a particular insect. With the recession of the waters from much of the floodplain in the dry season, the plains become accessible to 4WD vehicles and an afternoon out with one of our guides will provide a unique insight to this fragile yet very important environment. Our open sided safari vehicles feature shaded canopies with comfortable and raised seating to provide the best possible vantage point to view the wildlife. Raised 6 metres above the ground in the tree canopy overlooking the Mary River floodplain, The Hide is the ultimate eyrie from which birdlife and other wildlife can be observed undisturbed in their natural habitat. The 24m2 screened platform allows photographic or ornithological groups as well as individuals a unique perspective on this fragile environment. Guests will have a 360º view of the floodplain, canopy and background woodland with adjustable flaps to allow cameras and binoculars to be focussed on the surrounding wildlife, birdlife and floodplains and a Nikon Prostaff Fieldscope has been fitted for maximum visibility.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

The birding spectacle on the Swim Creek floodplain and surrounding Mary River region is second to none in the Top End with more than 236 bird species. At particular times of the year, the floodplain will host hundreds of thousands of Magpie Geese and species that are associated with the life cycle of the geese, particularly raptors. The richness of the floodplain also supports dense populations of other waterbirds, with thousands of egrets, whistling ducks, jacanas, crakes and strong populations of jabiru, brolgas and raptors. The surrounding paperbark swamps and savannah woodland provide a huge diversity of species for keen birders. Other species that guests may see at Bamurru Plains include water buffalo, agile wallabies, crocodiles, brumbies and dingos.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

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9 x Safari Bungalows 1 x Kingfisher Suite Each room has a beautiful ensuite bathroom with rainfall shower and ceiling to floor mesh walls around your bed - you will hear, see and almost touch the wildlife and wilderness around you! The main lodge building has a beautiful dining room and library as well as a large outdoor wildlife observation deck, lounge area and infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking the floodplain.


SAFARI BUNGALOWS Spacious and cool, 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. 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 art work 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, species list and binoculars. There is no internet access, no television or mobile phone coverage. A true escape to your immediate environment. THE KINGFISHER SUITE The Kingfisher Suite reflects Bamurru's core philosophy of blending the accommodation as closely as possible with the surrounding bush, however, is designed to allow guests a superior sense of seclusion while retaining a spectacular outlook on the Swim Creek floodplain. The sense of scale in this floodplain setting is accentuated by the size of the suite and Bamurru's trademark ceiling to floor mesh screens allowing guests an intimate sense of exposure to the wildlife and wilderness outside. With 81m2 of space in the bedroom alone, the suite features a king size bed, lounge area and (if travelling as a family) space to accommodate a family of 5 in comfort - deluxe swags are provided for children to sleep out on the enclosed suite verandah. The proximity and sounds of the bush at night provide a sense of excitement while securely tucked up behind the screened walls of the suite. For honeymooners looking for a sense of privacy, the Kingfisher Suite allows for in room dining, with a camp table set up for an intimate candlelit dinner with only the sounds of the bush as company. Meals are served by staff members from the main lodge with wines chosen from the lodge wine list. The bathroom features twin basins and showers, within a décor of rustic chic timber and corrugated walls utterly in tune with the environment and pastoral heritage of the area. For maximum exposure (and only the local Agile Wallabies as company) the suite also offers a shower with full ceiling to floor views across the floodplain and surrounding paperbark forests.


The lodge is closed 1 November - 31 January and from 1 February through until 30 April we operate as a dedicated Barramundi fishing lodge before the regular leisure season begins 1 May - 31 October.

Average StayAverage Stay

2-3 Nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

From $590pp/pn

Children PolicyChild Policy

Bamurru Plains welcomes children of 6 years and above

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