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The floodplains of the Mary River region form one of the most significant ecosystems in Australia. Dominated by the climatic extremes of the tropical monsoon, the wetlands and savannah woodlands that fringe the coastal regions between Darwin and Kakadu National Park harbour an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna. Bamurru Plains offers a wide range of activities to suit any interest, from exhilirating rides on our airboats across the floodplains, to spotting crocs hiding in the mangroves on a river cruise or searching for the perfect sunrise photo on a 4WD safari. 

The activities are inclusive on our Ultimate Wilderness Experience Package or available to be booked locally on the Floodplain Chillout Package. 

airboat tours

The floodplain wetlands of the Mary River catchment are the key natural feature of this area and some of the most important in the country, home to thousands of Magpie Geese, Plumed Whistling-Duck, Egrets, Ibis and a host of other birds. These beautiful birds will take flight as you zip across the floodplains on your airboat, flocks sometimes thousands of birds strong !

Our guides will provide you with a hands on demonstration of the many uses of the flora from the wetlands whilst floating amongst a forest of melaleuca trees or looking out for crocodiles slowly swimming amongst the grasses of the floodplain. 

A trip out on the plains in an airboat is utterly exhilarating and the only way to truly experience this environment.

bird watching

The Mary River catchment is home to some 236 species of bird, many of which are found at Bamurru Plains. The significance of this particular property comes in its variety of habitat: black soil floodplains, paperbark swamps, savannah woodland, river mangroves and coastal beaches support an extraordinary diversity of birdlife.
Even in the dry season the Swim Creek floodplain retains large areas of water where the birdlife congregates in vast numbers rarely seen elsewhere in Australia.

wildlife viewing

The floodplains and neighbouring savannah woodlands host an immense variety of wildlife. Species that you might encounter include Agile Wallabies, Antilopine Wallaroos, Dingos, Estuarine Crocodiles, wild pigs and buffalo.

Other species appear at night and include a variety of reptiles, possums, water monitors and other amphibians.

river cruises (may-october)

The Sampan Creek, which is part of the Mary River System forms the western boundary of the station. The Mary River System harbours one of the largest crocodile densities in the world.

During the dry season (May-October) the crocodiles will regulate their body temperatures by basking on the banks in the sunlight. During these months, the numbers of crocs sunning themselves will give you an idea of size of the population.

And it's not just the crocodiles, many bird species call this mangrove lined environment home. Relax in the shade provided on our canopy covered cruise as you meander along this creek system, learning about these animals from our skilled guides and enjoying sunset canape's as the light begins to fade.

4WD safaris

"...on the short drive through the bush we spot dozens of water buffaloes and brumbies... the setting feels like being on safari in Africa, not in Australia." Peter Braig, Australian Financial Review, June 2013

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 the 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 agile wallabies, estuarine crocodiles, wild horses, buffalo's and some of the 236 bird species on the property.

Our guides will describe the Aboriginal uses for some of the local flora and fauna while you enjoy a cool drink and bite to eat.

aboriginal culture in arnhem land & kakadu national park

While Bamurru Plains does not have sites of specific Aboriginal interest, the rock art galleries of Kakadu and Arnhem Land are only a short distance away. Bamurru provides an ideal base from which to visit Kakadu or Arhnem land by day and return to your exclusive bush camp for the night.

Our day trips can be taken by road, small aircraft or helicopter.  Day trips by air are the preferred way to travel as it takes in the spectacular scenery and reduces the travel time.

These day tours are not included in the Ultimate Wilderness Experience Package and will be an additional cost.