On the edge of the Timor and Arafura Seas and closer to the islands of Indonesia than much of Australia, the ‘Top End’ is a region of climatic extremes (wet and dry particularly), of spectacular storm skies and an annual cycle of environmental rebirth.
Each year the freshwater swamps are replenished by the flood waters that emanate from the escarpment country of Arnhem Land. The big rivers swell and break their banks, the water and the crocodiles spread across the plains; Barramundi move from the mangroves to the creeks and water lilies flower, covering the billabongs with a carpet of colour. As the year progresses the waters retreat and the vast plains come into view once again, the grasses mellow to gold and the red dust contrasts with the brilliant blue of the sky.
Skimming across the floodplains on an airboat is one of the best ways to see the birdlife that congregates here.
Built amongst the fringing woodland on the edge of the Mary River floodplain, Bamurru Plains is the perfect spot from which to explore this country. The day breaks to the tune of thousands of Magpie Geese, the whistling of the kites and the thumping of Agile Wallabies hopping by your bungalow.
A short distance away, the ancient ravines and escarpments of Arnhem Land are the stronghold of Australia’s Aboriginal cultures. Rock art galleries record at least 50,000 years of Aboriginal occupation and reveal a depth of inherent history and culture.
A scenic flight over Kakadu and the escarpment in the early months of the year is an awe inspiring experience as the waterfalls cascade from the plateau into the floodplains below.
Skimming across the floodplains on an airboat is one of the best ways to see the birdlife that congregates here. On guided walks and drives search for brumbies, buffalo, dingos and wallabies or pause to look at an intriguing reptile or insect.
For guests looking for a sense of adventure, don't forget the treetop 'Hide' which is perched at canopy level on the edge of the floodplain and offers the chance to immerse in the sounds of the bush in complete seclusion.
As a business whose destiny is inextricably linked with the environment, the team at Bamurru are always working to the parameters that mother nature provides in the Top End, where so many seasons come in the space of a year.
When the drier than normal seasons occur, the expert Bamurru guides replace the water-based experiences with a swag of land based activities to explore Bamurru's beautiful riverine, paperbark and savannah woodland habitats. While drier seasons mean airboat activities can not take place, it does mean the country provides different opportunities to explore the landscape:-
Walking is arguably the best way to take in the sights and sounds of the Australian bush.
Guided safari drives to the more remote edges of the property and to spot birds and wildlife in the paperbark forests that surround the floodplains.
More time is spent on the river, where crocodile densities are likely to be higher than usual as some individuals move off the floodplain.
Early morning drives to the mouth of the Sampan River and the coastline on the edge of Van Diemen's Gulf will provide the chance to spot plains reptile and bird life as well as crocodiles.
Bamurru's chefs have the opportunity to display their skills in in creating some fabulous bush breakfasts out on the property.
Guests have the freedom to venture on to the pool deck after dinner for a star gazing extravaganza without fear of mosquito attack.
The 'Wild Bush Luxury’ concept brings a uniquely Australian style to your stay – a ‘down to earth’ yet attentive level of service; an appreciation of the finer details; and above all a team of hosts and guides who are passionate about the area and its wildlife.
Along with this, we are immensely aware of our dependence on the environment and we make a firm commitment to the principles of sustainability and conservation.
Through interactive guiding and personalised hosting we aim to provide guests with an innovative natural experience that inspires a greater awareness of Australia’s unique and specialised environment.