Bamurru Plains, NT
Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:23 October 2016
Bamurru Plains near Kakadu needs to be added to your bucket list. If you love birds and wildlife you will be at home here in the Northern Territory.
Average Winter Temp: 32°C
Average Summer Temp: 34°C
Traditionally inhabited by: Larrakia people
300 sq km of privately owned coastal land, located just west of the Kakadu National Park, the Bamurru Plains offer tourists a curated experience of the quintessential Australian wilderness. Get yourself a spot on Bamurru’s coveted guest list (that has room for only 20 tourists at a time), and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Sampan River, the Mary River Floodplain, and of course the Top End coast.
Bamurru is a carefully preserved ecosystem that presents delightful variations from season to season. As such, any time of the year is a good time to visit this wetland paradise. Wake up to its April fogs, its springtime blossoms, and its monsoon glory, all from the comfort of your very own bungalow. Follow the calls of the magpie geese, and journey deep into the wetlands for exclusive guided tours of the natural delights of the Top End.
With open-top safaris taking you past wallabies, buffaloes and crocodiles in their natural habitat, a plethora of birds, flowers and plant life stretching out as far as the eye can see, and the full range of modern creature comforts awaiting you at the end of each day, a trip to the Bamurru Plains gets you exclusive access to ecotourism at its luxurious best.
Attractions & Activities:
- Airboat Trips
- River Cruises
- Bird Watching
- Crocodile Spotting
- 4WD Safaris
- Quad Bike Safaris
- Stargazing / Astronomy Sessions
- Scenic Flights
- Rock Art Galleries
Caravan Parks / Accommodation:
For the full Bamurru Plains experience, a stay at one of the 9 suites of the wilderness lodge within the property is ideal. However, if you’re caravanning up to the Top End, a number of retreats and caravan parks around Darwin and the Mary River can serve as good stopovers.
Mary River Wilderness Retreat & Caravan Park
Humpty Doo, NT
Offering the full range of accommodation options to travellers heading to Bamurru Plains, this eco-tourism property is located halfway between Darwin and the Kakadu National Park. Find everything from safari tents to family bungalows to powered and unpowered caravan parking sites. The Mary River Wilderness Retreat also offers facilities such as a fully-equipped campers’ kitchen, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, a swimming pool, and a host of nature-based activities including bushwalking and river cruises.
- $38/night for 2 persons, powered sites
- $24/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites
- Safari Tents, Bush Bungalows, Pool Bungalows and Family Bungalows also available; tariffs start at $89/night
Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge
Point Stuart, NT
Conveniently located at 40km from the Bamurru Plains, this delightful property is surrounded by the Mary River wetlands and offers campers a taste of the Top End experience. Besides both basic and luxury rooms, the lodge has good facilities for caravanning tourists, including several powered sites and a camping ground with permanent safari tents. These camping grounds are complemented by barbecue areas, a saloon bar and a bistro.
- $35/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $6 per child (4 to 12 years)
- $50/night for 2 persons, permanent safari tents; $35/ night for single person
- Standard and Lodge rooms also available, tariffs start at $130/night
Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:
The Stuart Highway is lined with free / low cost caravan parks. Most of these do not take advance bookings, and as such fill up quickly during the peak season. In addition to these, the Bark Hut Inn near Point Stuart is a major crowd puller, offering both camping facilities and affordable rooms.
Bark Hut Inn
Popular for its villa style accommodation, great food and even better service, the Bark Hut Inn also has a shady caravan park with 14 powered and 100 unpowered sites. Frequented by an increasing number of tourists heading to the Kakadu National Park, the property is home to an iconic pub built in the 60s by Terry Baldwin, former owner of the Annaburroo Station. Other amenities include a popular restaurant, a souvenir shop, and a convenience store for fuel and supplies.
- Free camping, unpowered sites; tariffs for powered sites available upon request
- Budget rooms and villas also available; tariffs start at $65/night