As COVID-19 impacts our world in rapid and unforgiving ways, we all face new challenges, and need to think laterally. In order to weather the accumulating storm and emerge to reopen and reconnect you with Top End landscape, we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily close Bamurru Plains to guest arrivals until 1 March 2021.
Typical of Top End seasonality, Bamurru Plains usually runs between March and October annually. This will not be the case for 2020. We will resume operations 1 March 2021 when the Magpie Geese are preparing to nest and barramundi are on the bite. We will continue to share Wild Bush Luxury experiences through until 31 October 2021.
Guided wilderness safaris may include air boating across the floodplain, a river cruise looking for big salt water crocs, a quad bike adventure to explore the outer regions of the property, a 4WD safari in an open top vehicle or a guided walk amongst the paperbark forests. These experiences are included on the Ultimate Wilderness Experience and Ultimate Kakadu Packages or available to be booked and paid for locally on the Floodplain Chill Out Package.
It is not possible to pre-select your experiences prior to arrival as our lodge manager and field guides carefully plan our guests experience at Bamurru, based on the duration of a stay and to provide the best possible chance of experiencing the many environments and wildlife. If you do have an experience preference, please advise the reservations team and they will gladly note. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed to Bamurru and our field guides will explain the experiences occurring during their stay.
Experiences usually last between 1-2.5 hours and you will head out around 9:00am after breakfast, returning to the lodge for lunch and time to relax by the wet edge pool or read a good book on a sun lounge, or even take a quick kip! Your afternoon experience begins around 4:00pm.
Bamurru is located on the floodplains of a working buffalo station, where the animals are able to roam freely in and around the lodge. For safety, guests are only permitted to walk on their own between their safari bungalow and the main lodge. Should you wish to walk further afield, perhaps include a guided walking tour within your daily experience.
As we have permission to operate within specific areas on a working buffalo station, you will be led by our guides (who know all the secrets spots on Bamurru you wouldn’t find on your own!) in Bamurru Plains vehicles for the duration of your stay. Self-driving guests will be met at our main gate by a field guide who will escort you and your vehicle onto the property, where it will remain parked at a suitable location. You will then be transferred to the lodge in our 4WD. Download drive directions from Darwin here.
Bamurru is a three hour drive from Darwin, two and a half hours from Jabiru and there will be about an hour of driving on unsealed, but well maintained, roads. While a 4WD is not always necessary to reach us, many insurance companies will not cover 2WD vehicles when driving on unsealed roads.
While geographically we are ‘next to’ Kakadu National Park, by road it is a two and a half hour drive into the park, so using Bamurru as a base to explore Kakadu from is not recommended as your day will be taken up with 5 hours of commuting to and from. Bamurru Plains operate unique shared and private day trips into Kakadu, utilising a charter flight in the morning, leaving more time to explore the park’s stunning escarpment landscapes, ancient rock art galleries and Aboriginal culture before returning to Bamurru by road in time for sundowners and canapes.
As keen anglers will know, the Top End becomes a fisherman’s delight throughout the run off season in March and April and it is during this time that Bamurru opens dedicated fishing packages to make the most of it! From 1 March 2020, we also offer the Ultimate Wilderness Experience package which may incorporate barramundi fishing as part of your included guided experiences alongside airboat safaris, croc-spotting river cruises, bush drives and quad bike adventures. From May to October, fishing is not as reliable and as our airboats are reconfigured for nature based activities, fishing over this time is not possible. It is however possible to fish further afield and we do offer some incredible half and full day fishing options by helicopter. Tell me more about heli-fishing May – October.
Mosquitos are most active at dawn and dusk and it is not often that mosquitos disrupt guests. Light coloured clothing helps deter mosquitos and has the added benefit of keeping you cooler, reflecting sunlight. Our safari bungalows have tight weave mesh screens on all side around your bed, so mosquitos cannot get through. It is important to remember to keep your safari bungalow door closed and entry light off when you leave the bungalow for dinner. There is repellant available for guest use.
Proudly without Wi-Fi or phone signal, we aim to reconnect you to the bush, without distraction and the constant ‘buzz’ of today’s incessantly connected world. It’s incredible how easily and quickly you will adjust to life without the beep of a phone or a multiplying email inbox! Bamurru Plains provides a true escape from the busy world and our land line number +61 (8) 8978 8977 is best to leave with family, friends and business partners to reach you in the unlikely event of an emergency.
Our rooms are specially designed not only to immerse you in the wilderness, with mesh screens surrounding you on three sides, but to maximise natural air flow. All bungalows have ceiling fans, which keep the air moving and the gentle breeze feels natural. While our remote location is blessed with an abundance of nature and a spectacular setting, its very remoteness also brings challenges, one of which is power generation, especially when we are not on the grid. Our environmental principles include rooms that are designed to expose you as much as possible to the sights and sounds of the bush and that we minimise our impact on the environment – this includes how we generate and use power. Most of our power is generated by the sun but we have back up diesel power for when that is not sufficient. March, April, September and October can be hotter in the Top End, so for guests not used to the heat or humidity, air conditioning is available in three Safari Bungalows and comes with a surcharge of $120 per room, per night linked to our use of additional fuel to provide power.
Whilst out on safari, we recommend lighter fabrics that allow your skin to breathe and protect you from the sun, such as long, loose cottons and linens. Hats that offer good sun protection, sunglasses as well as sun screen are essential. Closed toe footwear is required to participate in some experiences, however hiking boots are not necessary. Our wet edge pool and the comfortable day beds offer a wonderful way to unwind and spot passing wildlie, so you will need a swimming costume, pool towels are provided. Dining at Bamurru is an experience and while lunch is a more relaxed occasion, guests often choose to wear smart casual for dinner. Bamurru provides soap, shampoo, conditioner, robes and towels. Laundry facilities are not available.
As we are a small and remote property, we do have a strict check-in time of 2:00pm, with check-out required by 11:00am. Lunch is not included on either arrival or departure day.
Late check-out can be arranged by paying 75% of an additional night and must be pre-booked and will be subjest to availability. Lunch will then be included for you as well as an afternoon activity (if booked on the Ultimate Wilderness Experience Package). Bamurru Plains charter flights must depart before sunset, which means a latest departure of 5:30pm.
Alternatively, our reservations staff can provide you with details for luggage storage facilities and local attractions in and around Darwin to enjoy prior to your evening flight.