Bamurru Plains

Bamurru Plains offers some of Australia’s richest wildlife viewing in comfort and style.

Wallaroos, wallabies, crocodiles, dingoes and buffalo are just some of the thousands of species that inhabit the fertile floodplains and savannah woodlands in the Mary River catchment area. A little west of the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, and with just ten bungalows on offer, Bamurru Plains lets you lose yourself to the remote wilderness with minimal impact on the fragile environment.

The camp is built at the edge of bushland, so as not to disturb existing plant growth, and almost all power for electricity and hot water is generated from whisper-quiet solar panels. Bore water is filtered for drinking and native herb soaps are entirely chemical free. Bamurru Plains is so committed to sustainability that sheets are organic cotton and sand-coloured, so as not to require bleach.

Meals at camp are contemporary Australian, with an emphasis on home-grown seasonal ingredients thus your daily menu is also influenced by what time of year it is. Expect plenty of locally sourced fish and meats, as well as bush spices, finger limes and macadamia nuts. There is also an onsite bar where guests can help themselves to a range of refreshments.

Water Buffalos at Bamurru Plains

Bear in mind that the landscape surrounding Bamurru Plains changes dramatically throughout the year, dictating the types of activities on offer. The ‘Early Dry’ from May to July brings cooler temperatures and extraordinary raptor watching. From August until December, the waters dry up leading to vast numbers of birds and animals congregating at remaining waterholes. When the monsoon arrives in January, the region is drenched by impressive thunderstorms which induce plant growth. Due to heavy rains, please note that Bamurru Plains is closed from November to February.

Bird and animal lovers will be thrilled with the many wildlife-based activities available. Observe the camp’s feathered residents from the Hide, a 6 metre-high platform with 360-degree panoramas of the floodplains. You also have the option to sleep out here, immersed in the sights and sounds of the bush after dark. Zip across the waters in an airboat or embark on a more sedate river cruise. Keen fishermen may get a chance to catch prized barramundi in the area’s abundant waterways.

Bamurru Plains Airboat Excursions

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