Bamurru Plains is located in Australia’s tropical Top End region, positioned on the coastal floodplains of the Mary River Wetlands on the edge of Kakadu National Park. The land was once a significant meeting place for several Aboriginal mobs, particularly the Limilngan people, who would frequent the seasonal floodplain that provided a rich food supply.
“Bamurru” itself is an Aboriginal word for Magpie Goose from the Gagadju people, representing the thousands of these particular birds that flock to the floodplain throughout the year.
Today, the location on the Mary River floodplains is considered to be Australia’s answer to Africa’s Okavango Delta, harbouring an extraordinary diversity and volume of wildlife and birdlife.
The emphasis of any stay is to expose guests to one of the most significant ecosystems in Australia, with this 300km² private property home to an immense diversity of wildlife. In particular, the Mary River catchment is home to the highest concentration of estuarine crocodiles in the world and 236 species of birds.
Our safari-style camp was built to support a minimal impact on the environment, with only 12 accommodation dwellings and a main lodge, constructed amongst the fringe bushland on the edge of the floodplains, using the pandanus palms and natural woodland for shade and privacy.
Each accommodation is elevated on poles above the floodplain, with overhead fans and mesh walls on three sides to maximise breeze flow so the bungalows don’t need air conditioning (though it is available at extra cost in three of the suites).
The majority of Bamurru Plains’ power is solar -generated, keeping our carbon footprint minimal. An array of 240 solar panels provides around 75% of the lodge’s power, which reduces both the carbon footprint and noise that could disrupt wildlife.