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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL

We understand, now more than ever, that sometimes plans change. We are pleased to set your mind at ease with our Covid Assurance Policy.

No. We are proudly without Wi-Fi or mobile phone signal as 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.

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.

All bungalows have ceiling fans. Three of our safari bungalows can be air-conditioned at additional cost. 

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Our rooms are specially designed with mesh screens surrounding you on three sides, not only to immerse you in the wilderness, but to maximise natural air flow.

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.

On safari we recommend:

  • Long, loose clothing made of cottons, linens and lighter fabrics that allow your skin to breathe and will protect you from the sun
  • Hats that offer good sun protection
  • Sunglasses and sun screen 
  • 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 wildlife, 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.

We have nine safari bungalows and one Kingfisher Suite with a maximum of just 26 guests sharing this 300km2 property.

  • Body wash, shampoo & conditioner
  • Bathrobes
  • Pillow menu
  • Organic cotton sheets
  • Fan (3 rooms can be air-conditioned)
  • Ensuite with high pressure hot shower
  • Insect repellant
  • Filtered drinking water

Note: There is no cell-phone reception, Wi-Fi or internet at Bamurru Plains. Nor in-room television, stereo, or fridge / mini-bar.

Bamurru Plains is open from March 1 to October 31 each year.

Our 3-night Kakadu package is available from May 1 to October 31 when the majority of Kakadu is open to tourists.

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The Top End is dominated by a tropical monsoonal weather pattern that results in a number of distinct seasons. 

April to July – the early part of the ‘Dry’.  Nights can be cool and early morning fogs common. The days are warm, dry and generally cloudless with some spectacular sunsets. From April the water begins to slowly recede from the floodplains.

August to September – late part of the ‘Dry’.  Days and nights start to warm up. The retreating waters concentrate in billabongs together with the birdlife which congregates in extraordinary numbers. Many tropical woodland plants flower at this time of year. 

October to December – build up to the ‘Wet’.  This is a time of increasing humidity and heat, with the build up of massive cumulus clouds and exciting thunder and lightning shows. Early rains start to turn the country green. 

January to March – the main part of the ‘Wet’.  The arrival of the full monsoon brings heavy rains and high tides. The rivers break their banks and spread out across the floodplains, water lilies flower and life returns to the country in all its majesty.  By March, the rains begin to ease and the ‘run off’ is the best time of year for Barramundi fishing and spectacular photography.

The lodge is not suitable for children under 8 years of age. This is partly acknowledging the small size of the lodge; additionally there are several safety considerations.

If the lodge is booked exclusively and suitable supervision is arranged then children of any age will be permitted.

Please note there are no child minding facilities available at Bamurru Plains.  All guests dine together.

There is no laundry service or facilities available at Bamurru Plains.

The majority of power in the camp is solar generated and usage of it is carefully managed.

Australia operates on 240V and uses a 2 or 3-pin plug.

The minimum night stay is two nights.

A three-night stay will allow time for a day trip to Arnhem Land or Kakadu and four nights will allow time to sit back and relax in and around the camp.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES

Check-in is from 2pm. We recommend arriving by about 3.30 so you can join our afternoon safari experience.

Check-out is by 11am following a morning safari experience.  

For self-driving guests you 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. 

Once on the property you won’t be permitted to drive around on your own however you’ll be taken to some wonderful locations on safari drives in Bamurru Plains vehicles.

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.

No. Lunch is not included on either arrival or departure day. 

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.

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.

Bamurru is a scenic 30-minute private charter flight from Darwin. It’s our pick for convenience, value and views. Our team can make flight reservations on your behalf.

Visit our Getting There page for more information.  

 

EXPERIENCES

No. It is not possible to pre-select shared experiences.  Just like on a safari in Africa, no two days are the same, and wildlife movements change with the seasons.

Our lodge manager and field guides carefully plan experiences based on the duration of a stay and to provide the best possible chance of experiencing Bamurru’s variety of environments and wildlife. Upon your arrival our field guides will explain the experiences occurring during your stay.

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. If you do have an experience preference, please advise at time of booking and our reservations team will gladly note it.  

For serious birders and photographers we highly recommend booking private experiences (at additional cost) to ensure the full attention to your individual interests.

Experiences usually last between 1 to 2.5 hours. Much like on safari in Africa, for best wildlife viewing chances you will have an early morning activity (often before breakfast) and one later in the afternoon around 4pm. 

No. 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, upon arrival ask your guide to include a guided walk as one of  your daily experiences. 

Using Bamurru as a base to explore Kakadu is not recommended. Whilst geographically we are ‘next to’ Kakadu National Park, by road it is a two and a half hour drive each way. 

Bamurru Plains operates unique shared and private day trips into Kakadu, with one way by charter flight 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.

At additional cost, upon request with enough notice and subject to availability, we can accommodate bespoke off-property fishing experiences with our partner Point Stuart Lodge. 

Please ask our reservations team about the incredible half and full day fishing options by helicopter. Tell me more about heli-fishing.

All bungalows have ceiling fans. Three of our safari bungalows can be air-conditioned at additional cost. 

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Our rooms are specially designed with mesh screens surrounding you on three sides, not only to immerse you in the wilderness, but to maximise natural air flow.

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.

On safari we recommend:

  • Long, loose clothing made of cottons, linens and lighter fabrics that allow your skin to breathe and will protect you from the sun
  • Hats that offer good sun protection
  • Sunglasses and sun screen 
  • 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 wildlife, 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.

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.

Contact us to help you further if you don’t find what you need. 

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