The flood plains of the 'Top End'

“The Mary River floodplain stretches two and a half miles north beyond this celebrated retreat and empties into the warm Arafura Sea. West Papua is the next landfall”

Ralph Bestic for Telegraph UK

The Top End is a place of climatic extremes, spectacular storm skies and an annual cycle of environmental rebirth.

On the edge of the Mary River floodplains, just a short distance from the coast is Bamurru Plains, a 300 km² private property on the edge of Kakadu National Park. 

Here you’ll experience a beautiful wilderness region and its prolific wildlife and birdlife.  At night no other lights shine out; the only sound is the deep chorus of the Australian bush – various frog species, barking owls and the occasional dingo.

The fragile ecosystem remains one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness areas with its vast diversity of animals and birds. 

Nearby is Kakadu, a region of exceptional natural beauty and unique biodiversity, and one of only a few World Heritage areas listed for both its cultural and its natural values. Kakadu National Park is managed jointly by its Aboriginal traditional owners and the Director of National Parks. 

Guests enjoy exclusive access to Bamurru’s miles of the Sampan River, coast and Mary River Floodplain system with daily guided wilderness activities such as croc-spotting river cruises, 4WD safaris, wildlife viewing or walking safaris. 

Surrounded by wetlands and savannah woodlands, Bamurru Plains is often likened to the Okavango Delta of Botswana.

Distinct habitats

The Floodplains & Wetlands

Magpie geese, plumed whistling ducks, egrets, ibis and jabiru on high and the odd crocodile spying from under those lilies. Wild brumbies graze on a green pick in the shade and we spot a bush pig in a hurry.

Melaleuca Forests

Imagine a forest of paperbark trees, their mirror images visible on the surface of the pristine water.

Savannah Woodlands

This is where a pageant of wildlife appears, dozens of wallabies hopping in the golden light, the buffalo roaming and birds aplenty.

Riverine environment

The catchment area of this riverine environment is over 8,000 square kilometres. It flows in the wet season but dries up into billabongs durning the dry. It’s an important birding area, habitat for many wetlands creatures including home to many crocodiles, and of course the prized barramundi.

Stone Country of Kakadu

Australia’s biggest national park and a World Heritage Area listed for both its natural and cultural heritage, this is an ancient landscape that encompasses towering escarpments, wetlands filled with bird and marine life, powerful meandering rivers, diverse wildlife and some of the country’s best Aboriginal art galleries.

Getting to Bamurru Plains

Bamurru Plains is just three hours’ drive from Darwin, or take a scenic charter flight that only takes 30 minutes, and flies over some of the most spectacular wetlands in the world.

By Air ✈
30 minute flight by light aircraft from Darwin airport.
30 minute flight from Kakadu National Park.

By Road
3 hours drive from Darwin, 2 ½ hours from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

As the property is a working buffalo station, guests who are self driving are required to leave their vehicle safely inside the entrance to the property. From here you will be picked up by a safari guide for the 20 minute drive on to the lodge.