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Bamurru Plains Properties

Bamurru Plains
9 Safari Suites

With just 9 safari suites built amongst the savannah bush fringing the floodplains, the camp is exclusive and guests will not see other tourists on the property.

Each safari suite is ensuite and raised on a timber platform, with space for sitting out the heat of day with a good book or watching the local wildlife
Mary River floodplains just a short distance from the coast and the western boundary of Kakadu National Park.

Year Round

December to March - Monsoon - "The West" The monsoon forms over South-East Asia and pushes a dense blanket of cloud in from the Timor Sea. Where the dry season is test of survival the wet season is an act of environmental rebirth as the floodwaters that empty off the stone country inland spill out over the riverbanks and onto the floodplains. The Estuarine Crocodiles move back onto the plains from the river channels in preparation for their breeding season. The regrowth of aquatic plants provides an abundance of food for the Magpie Geese as they build up for their nesting season. This time of year results in heavy rains most days with some spectacular storms.

March to May - As the waters recede from the floodplains, the Magpie Geese and Brolgas are starting to tend newly hatched young and the shallower areas of water attract a variety of waterbirds (cormorants, pelicans, egrets, spoonbills, herons and ibises). Waterlilies and other perennial waterplants are at their best over this period. The country can still receive the occasional late season storm.

May to July - Early Dry - Cooler day and night temperatures and lower humidity make this period a more comfortable time of the year to visit from a climatic perspective. Grassfires can be a feature at this time of year which provides an opportunity to spot a variety of raptors, kites especially but also Brown Falcons and Sea-Eagles.

August to September - Late Dry - The days are warmer and the nights not so cool. Greater concentrations of birds are evident on the billabongs as the waterways and floodplains dry out. Tropical woodland plants flower at this time of year producing an abundance of nectar. Flowering cluster figs bring in a variety of species including Northern Brushtail Possums and the Black Flying-fox. The dry floodplains are susceptible to fire at this time of year but nevertheless provide the opportunity to visit the coastline across the spectacular tidal mudflats.

October to December - Pre-Monsoon - The clear skies of the dry season transform themselves into build ups of cumulus and sudden massive storm cells. The parched earth soaks up the rain and the transformation of the floodplains to a carpet of greenery is remarkable. Termites use this time of year to build up their nests and there is a constant buzz of cicadas in the air as they undergo their final moult. The concentrations of birds, especially Magpie Geese, on the remaining waterholes are spectacular. The frogs start calling again in the woodlands building up to an evening crescendo. The Antilopine Wallaroos and Agile Wallabies put on condition and resume their breeding cycle.
Airboat Tours, Bird Watching, River Cruises, Fishing, Safaris, Aboriginal Cultural Interaction & Station Activities.

The floodplains of the Mary River region form one of the most significant ecosystems in Australia. Dominated by the climatic extremes of the tropical monsoon, the wetlands and savannah woodlands that fringe the coastal regions between Darwin and Kakadu National Park harbour an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna.

Airboat tours - The floodplain wetlands of the Mary River catchment are the key natural feature of this area and some of the most important in the country, home to thousands of Magpie Geese, Plumed Whistling-Duck, Egrets, Ibis and a host of other birds. A morning trip out on the plains in an airboat is utterly exhilarating and the only way to truly experience this environment.

Bird watching - The Mary River catchment is home to some 236 species of bird, many of which are found at Bamurru Plains. The significance of this particular property comes in the variety of habitat: black soil floodplains, paperbark swamps, savannah woodland, river mangroves and coastal beaches support an extraordinary diversity of birdlife. Even in the dry season the Swim Creek floodplain retains large areas of water where the birdlife congregates in vast numbers.

Wildlife viewing - The floodplains and neighbouring savannah woodlands host an immense variety of wildlife. Species that you might encounter include Agile Wallabies, Antilopine Wallaroos, Dingos, Estuarine Crocodiles, wild pigs and buffalo. Other species appear at night and include a variety of reptiles, possums, water monitors and other amphibians.

River cruises - the Sampan River, which forms the western boundary of the station, harbours one of the largest crocodile populations in the world. Cruising amongst the mangroves in search of these prehistoric reptiles will also uncover a huge variety of birdlife.

Fishing - The Sampan River is a mecca for barramundi fishermen and specialist fishing guides can be arranged for your stay. While Barramundi are the real target, offshore reefs provide one of the best spots in the country for Jewfish.

4WD Safaris - With the recession of the waters from much of the floodplain in the dry season, the plains become accessible to 4WD vehicles and an afternoon out with one of the guides will provide a unique insight to this fragile yet very important environment. Our open top safari vehicles provide for the best possibly viewing and are equipped so that you can enjoy a cool drink and bite to eat while out on the property.

Aboriginal Culture - While Bamurru Plains does not provide sites of specific Aboriginal interest, the rock art galleries of Kakadu and Arnhem Land are only a short distance away and Bamurru provides an ideal base from which to visit Kakadu and yet return to an exclusive bush camp at the end of the day.

Kakadu National Park - Kakadu is only a short distance away and the best way to experience the national park is to take a flight to Cooinda or Jabiru and spend the day with a private guide exploring the rock art, waterfalls and escarpments of the stone country of Arnhem Land.

Station Activities - Bamurru is located on Swim Creek Station, one of a handful of buffalo pastoral properties in this area, and when the muster is in full swing the sight of helicopters or Mad Max-like bull catchers corralling these beasts into the yards is awe inspiring. As musters are conducted on an ad hoc basis, this is not a guaranteed activity.
Local Info

World heritage listed Kakadu National Park is the gateway to Arnhemland. Kakadu National Park covers almost 20,000 square kms, is an Australian icon and is only 250 kms east of Darwin the capital city of the Northern Territory. It is an easy three-hour drive on the Arnhem Highway. It is renown for its diverse environment from towering escarpment containing aboriginal rock art to the floodplains of the South Alligator River with its amazing array of birds and wildlife. Depending on the season you may see crocodiles, wallabies, dingos, goannas and many of the myriad of bird species that inhabit the national park. The flora is also magnificent and changes dramatically from the tropical summer season to the dry season in May to November.
Press & Media

UK Condé Nast Traveller, May 2007

Bamurru Plains included in 2007 Hot List of New Properties around the world.

"Wild Bush Luxury" at new NT safari camp.

SMH, August 2, 2006

"Next Stop Bamurru Plains"
Bamurru Plains is located just to the west of Kakadu National Park on the Mary River floodplains. A profusion of bird and wildlife are on the doorstep of a unique bush camp that exudes `Wild Bush Luxury' and brings a touch of style.
Bamurru Plains is located on the 300 square kilometre Swim Creek Station adjoining Kakadu National Park, 250km east of Darwin. The 'wild bush luxury' of up-market African safaris is the theme of Bamurru Plains. On the pristine coastal floodplains of the Mary River, guests will live and breathe the natural environment while being afforded all the expected creature comforts of a premium Safari Camp. The stone country of Arnhem Land and Kakadu is just a short distance away, providing an insight into the region's Aboriginal heritage.

`Wild Bush Luxury' is a term we coined to encapsulate the style of experience at Bamurru. The focus of your stay at Bamurru is in the environment around you and the wildlife and birdlife for whom it is home. Each individual safari suite is designed to blend with the surrounding bush and as such exposes guests to the sights and sounds of the bush around you, whether it is the haunting call of a Whistling Kite, the raucous cacophony from the Blue-winged Kookaburras as dawn breaks or the sound of a full grown buffalo splashing its way through the floodplains just a short distance from your bed. The morning chorus of tens of thousands of Magpie Geese, after whom the camp is named, is an experience in itself.

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