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Bamurru Plains
Sydney, Australia
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“Floating”
Reviewed 14 June 2012

The airboat epitomised the Bamurru Plains experience. We floated across floodplains, past waterlilies, reeds, stringybark trees reflected standing in water, swamp buffalo eating then wallowing away, brumbies, jabiru, even our own crocodile as we drifted closer till it awoke. No news from the madding world, no digital distractions -- with other guests gathered for canapes at sunset and dinner party with our conservation experts. Lunch and dinner were fresh, top quality designer cuisine with recommended wines. The birds woke early, and so, in our semi-outdoor bungalow, did we. But evenings were early, saving solar electricity with long sleeps. This is an African-style safari holiday with kind and considerate people, an enormous amount to learn about wildlife on the teeming flood plain.

Room Tip: There are only nine bungalows, all with wallabies, kingfisher, corellas and maybe buffalo outside.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 12 May 2012

We drove and had a helicopter flight from the gate to the lodge for orientation - a fantastic entrance. The staff where very friendly and accommodating. The room’s rustic and stunning views of the flood plain and animals – A must do is to go fishing – we caught 10 legal size Barramundi in 2 hours.

Room Tip: The further cabins out have the best views
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

WOW! From the moment I boarded the small Cessna aircraft in Darwin I knew I was headed for an adventure. The 25 minute flight from Darwin to the Bamurru Plains took me over the winding Adelaide River (which is home to the largest population of salt water crocs in the country!) and the vast floodplain system before landing on this huge (300 sq km in fact) buffalo station. We were greeted on arrival by Al and Lauren in their open top 4WD safari vehicles and transferred to the lodge.
The 20 minute drive from the airstrip to the lodge is a wildlife safari in itself and my friends and I were squealing with excitment at the sight of Agile Wallabies, wild horses and buffalo. When we arrived to the main lodge we were met by more of the friendly team who had cold towels (what a treat!) and a cool drink ready for us to enjoy before showing us around the lodge area (I quickly spied the fresh cookie jar, nespresso coffee machine & well stocked bar etc) and on to our individual, stilted safari bungalows with views across the floodplain.
The rooms are amazing and like nothing I have ever experienced before. Whilst simply furnished it included a supremely comfortable bed, pillow menu, bathrobes, comfy chairs (to sit quietly and enjoy the view) and big bathrooms with fluffy towels.
The safari bungalows are designed to bring the outside in (not literally), but the sights and sounds that surround you. The floor to celing mesh offers spectacular views across the floodplains and to the variety of birds that stop in the trees, the Agile Wallaby that graze around your room and the buffalo wallowing in the floodplains ahead. It was a wonderful sight to wake up to in the morning as I lay in my bed and watch the area come to life.
Our guides and the guided experiences were such a highlight and really brought the experience alive - it is Australia's version of Botswana. Airboats (a kind of fan driven hovercraft) instead of mocoros, buffalo instead of hippos an amazing variety of birdlife and of course salt water crocodiles! Skimming across the floodplains in an airboat, stopping in the melaleuca forest for morning tea, admiring fields of pink lotus flowers and a variety of waterbirds on the floodplain - what a spectacle! In the middle of the day we had plenty of time to relax, swim in the pool, enjoy a glass of wine (or two) with a delicious lunch made by their wonderful chef, Michael, before we headed out again in the afternoon on a safari drive with Lauren. Lauren was a wealth of knowledge who shared information on the surrounding habitat, wildlife and birdlife. We stopped by a waterhole to quietly watch the birds and enjoy a drink before we headed back for canapes on the deck as the sun went down. Dinner is enjoyed with all of the guests at the lodge and some of the guides which made for some great story telling in the evening - not to mention new holiday ideas and new friends!
Michael created a fab dinner each night and suggested matching wines for each course - a great way to work through their great Aussie selection. Bamurru Plains has been the highlight for 2012 thus far - an amazing wilderness location, a team of staff that you hugged goodbye at the end the stay and a fantastic travel experience.

I combined my stay at Bamurru Plains with a camping trip with Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safari - overall, a fantastic trip in the Top End of Northern Australia.

Room Tip: There is a helicopter based at Bamurru Plains so I would highly recommend booking on a scenic flight...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 June 2011

I'm not sure that we've ever slept so soundly as listening to the wild noises at Bamurru Plains, whilst nestled in very comfy beds.
This hotel is a treat for sure - it takes a little navigating to get to, and with it being remote, it is not on the cheap side. The room concept is very original though- cabins positioned amongst the trees with freely roaming buffalo, wild horses, pigs, and wallabies. A special screen for windows allows you to view all and to remain hidden from outside (is entertaining watching the wallabies trying to figure it out).
We went at the end of wet season and much of Kakadu itself was closed given this year has been extremely wet- however we still got to see Arnhem Land from the air, and the airboat rides close to the lodge were like something out of fairytales (toads on lily pads- mind the crocs tho!).
We didn't get to hike in Arnhem Land due to the remaining flooding, but the Lords Safari Tour was highly recommended out of Darwin - would look this up. We did the jumping Croc tour en route, which is a useful awareness lesson if you are going to be spending time nr the water at somewhere like Bamurru.
We were at Bamurru Plains in a difficult period- the wet season was unprecedented (almost) and there had been some turnover in staff impacting food/service a bit. Top mgmt seem solid tho, & were well aware of the issues/addressing, and I would still recommend this place for people seeking 'something a bit different'! It is truly unique.

Room Tip: Choose airconditioned cabin
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 24 August 2010

We wanted a taste of the outback and to be near Kakadu National Park. The lodge was okay but not a "blown" away experience. The food was better than average and the accommodations were in the same category. Some things were needed such as a minor thing as a mirror over the sink in the bathroom to oiling the doors that squeaked in our cabin.

To be fair we traveled greatly in Australia and this leg of the trip was tiring.

The wildlife was not all that outstanding but the birdlife was stunning. The morning trip on a air boat was beautiful. The number and types of birds was vast. I would think this place would be a must for birders. The afternoon hike in the forest was interesting but the mosquitoes were annoying.

We took a flight from here to the Kakadu and we had a wonderful guide and learned a great deal about the "old ways".

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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london, uk
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Reviewed 26 April 2009

Went April '08 and only just got round to this.

After a somewhat terrifying flight in a small plane - I swear, our pilot had the manual on his lap before take-off, opened to the page "How to start the plane" - we landed on a dirt strip (once the cattle had moved out of the way).

The brochure calls it bush luxury, and that's about right. Rooms are simple but elegant, food is great, and there's a small pool to cool down from the insane humidity. The best thing is the place itself. Remote, gorgeous, with funny, knowledgeable staff to show you around - Dan especially, who would suddenly leap out of the jeep, scramble up a tree and bring us ants to eat.

One small quibble - they charge you (a lot) extra to have the air-conditioning on. And with the humidity being what it is, air-con is highly desirable. The woman who informed us of this said it was 'to protect the environment', and made us feel bad for even asking. Which is a bit crazy, given that to get here in the first place, most people have to charter a plane.

But that's a really minor complaint. Everything else about this place - the daily safaris, the meals prepared with local ingredients (crocodile risotto anyone?) - is fantastic. Assuming you're willing to re-mortgage your house, you got to go.

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 22 April 2009

I've just returned from a long relaxing weekend at the beautiful Bamurru Plains in Australia's Northern Territory. What an amazing experience, I feel totally relaxed and inspired by the wonders of what Australia has to offer. Bamurru offers itself as "wild bush luxury" which exactly right - the "tents" (they have a screen door, are elevated and have an en suite, so there is nothing actually tent-like about them) allow you to feel like you are part of the outdoor environment whilst still enjoying all the creature comforts of luxury travel. But what really sets it apart is the service and the tour experiences - the airboat tour was so much fun, skimming across the floodplain looking at crocodiles, magpie geese (and goslings), sea eagles and kites - as well as beautiful lily ponds and melaleuca forests. I imagine that this is what people expect from Cooinda and Jabiru (which are inside Kakadu National Park but aren't nearly as exciting destinations). Each evening, we drove out to view sunset and watch the wildlife (land based this time - water buffalo, wallabies and brumbies) - in open topped vehicles - just breath-taking! The camp hosts and tour guides certainly make you feel very welcome and nothing is too much trouble. The food is superb, and the open bar (just help yourself) always a treat.
I can't say enough about this place, I returned home totally revived.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Bamurru Plains

Property: Bamurru Plains
Address: West of Kakadu National Park | Mary River, Mary River National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Region: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Mary River National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Mary River National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Bamurru Plains 4.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the midst of the savannah bush on the edge of the Mary River floodplains, Australia’s answer to the Okavango delta, Bamurru Plains’ is the setting for a wilderness experience like no other. With just nine safari suites, each blending seamlessly with the surrounding bush and with a focus on the key luxury comforts, a supremely comfortable bed, innovative Australian cuisine and premium wines (no TVs, minibars or telephones to distract from the wildlife outside), Bamurru deliberately tries not to be a typical luxury hotel room in the bush. The floodplains and savannah woodland offer one of Australia’s richest wildlife experiences: tens of thousands of Magpie Geese mingle with Whistling Kites, egrets, herons and buffalo on the floodplain, while Blue-winged Kookaburras, parrots, cockatoos and Agile Wallabies inhabit the fringing woodlands. Bamurru’s team of passionate field guides offer a variety of activities, including exhilarating airboat trips on the floodplains, cruises on the Sampan River to spot crocodiles, four-wheel drive safaris, scenic flights over the floodplains and coastline. We can also arrange tours to the rock art galleries of Arnhem Land or guided fishing trips. In the evening, sit back with a sundowner drink and canapés and enjoy the soft ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ touches that are the Bamurru trademark. There is also an open bar, a small swimming pool and nature reference library. Bamurru Plains, its facilities and 300 km² of country are exclusively for the use of its guests, so you can be assured of a quiet, privileged outback experience. Bamurru Plains is a member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia ... more   less 
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