Bamurru Plains sits in an area of exceptional biodiversity, west of the Kakadu National Park – a World Heritage Area – and on the edge of the Mary River floodplains. The lodge, which is a working buffalo station, styles itself as ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and luxury, ever mindful of environmental factors, is certainly what you can expect from a stay here. By car, it’s a three-hour drive from Darwin, or you can arrange a scenic 30-minute charter flight.
Among the savannah bush are nine very private safari suites, designed to blend in with the environment. Mesh walls make your stay here as much of an outdoor experience as possible, while keeping bugs out and ensuring the room remains as cool as possible. You’ll be able to listen to and observe the abundant wildlife, everything from blue-winged kookaburras to buffalo. The suites each feature comfortable beds, organic cotton bedlinen, high-pressure shower, ceiling fan and an outdoor decking area, and three are air-conditioned. Don’t expect TV and wifi, though – all the entertainment you need is on your doorstep!
You needn’t move a muscle to immerse yourself in nature, but it would be a shame not to explore this fascinating area in more detail. The Mary River floodplains are a haven for flora and fauna and you can arrange a fact-finding trip complete with expert guide. Airboat safaris are a popular way to whizz about. You can also arrange a 4WD safari, a river cruise for a chance at croc-spotting, a bird-watching trip or a spot of barramundi fishing. On your return to the lodge, there’s a wet-edge pool for a cooling dip.
Meals are taken in the social area of the main lodge building. Room rates include all meals and selected beverages.
Harold Knowels RoadPoint Stewart NTKakadu National Park