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.
- 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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