WOW! From the moment I boarded the small Cessna aircraft in Darwin I knew I was headed for an adventure. The 25 minute flight from Darwin to the Bamurru Plains took me over the winding Adelaide River (which is home to the largest population of salt water crocs in the country!) and the vast floodplain system before landing on this huge (300 sq km in fact) buffalo station. We were greeted on arrival by Al and Lauren in their open top 4WD safari vehicles and transferred to the lodge.
The 20 minute drive from the airstrip to the lodge is a wildlife safari in itself and my friends and I were squealing with excitment at the sight of Agile Wallabies, wild horses and buffalo. When we arrived to the main lodge we were met by more of the friendly team who had cold towels (what a treat!) and a cool drink ready for us to enjoy before showing us around the lodge area (I quickly spied the fresh cookie jar, nespresso coffee machine & well stocked bar etc) and on to our individual, stilted safari bungalows with views across the floodplain.
The rooms are amazing and like nothing I have ever experienced before. Whilst simply furnished it included a supremely comfortable bed, pillow menu, bathrobes, comfy chairs (to sit quietly and enjoy the view) and big bathrooms with fluffy towels.
The safari bungalows are designed to bring the outside in (not literally), but the sights and sounds that surround you. The floor to celing mesh offers spectacular views across the floodplains and to the variety of birds that stop in the trees, the Agile Wallaby that graze around your room and the buffalo wallowing in the floodplains ahead. It was a wonderful sight to wake up to in the morning as I lay in my bed and watch the area come to life.
Our guides and the guided experiences were such a highlight and really brought the experience alive - it is Australia's version of Botswana. Airboats (a kind of fan driven hovercraft) instead of mocoros, buffalo instead of hippos an amazing variety of birdlife and of course salt water crocodiles! Skimming across the floodplains in an airboat, stopping in the melaleuca forest for morning tea, admiring fields of pink lotus flowers and a variety of waterbirds on the floodplain - what a spectacle! In the middle of the day we had plenty of time to relax, swim in the pool, enjoy a glass of wine (or two) with a delicious lunch made by their wonderful chef, Michael, before we headed out again in the afternoon on a safari drive with Lauren. Lauren was a wealth of knowledge who shared information on the surrounding habitat, wildlife and birdlife. We stopped by a waterhole to quietly watch the birds and enjoy a drink before we headed back for canapes on the deck as the sun went down. Dinner is enjoyed with all of the guests at the lodge and some of the guides which made for some great story telling in the evening - not to mention new holiday ideas and new friends!
Michael created a fab dinner each night and suggested matching wines for each course - a great way to work through their great Aussie selection. Bamurru Plains has been the highlight for 2012 thus far - an amazing wilderness location, a team of staff that you hugged goodbye at the end the stay and a fantastic travel experience.
I combined my stay at Bamurru Plains with a camping trip with Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safari - overall, a fantastic trip in the Top End of Northern Australia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the midst of the savannah bush on the edge of the Mary River floodplains, Australia’s answer to the Okavango delta, Bamurru Plains’ is the setting for a wilderness experience like no other. With just nine safari suites, each blending seamlessly with the surrounding bush and with a focus on the key luxury comforts, a supremely comfortable bed, innovative Australian cuisine and premium wines (no TVs, minibars or telephones to distract from the wildlife outside), Bamurru deliberately tries not to be a typical luxury hotel room in the bush. The floodplains and savannah woodland offer one of Australia’s richest wildlife experiences: tens of thousands of Magpie Geese mingle with Whistling Kites, egrets, herons and buffalo on the floodplain, while Blue-winged Kookaburras, parrots, cockatoos and Agile Wallabies inhabit the fringing woodlands. Bamurru’s team of passionate field guides offer a variety of activities, including exhilarating airboat trips on the floodplains, cruises on the Sampan River to spot crocodiles, four-wheel drive safaris, scenic flights over the floodplains and coastline. We can also arrange tours to the rock art galleries of Arnhem Land or guided fishing trips. In the evening, sit back with a sundowner drink and canapés and enjoy the soft ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ touches that are the Bamurru trademark. There is also an open bar, a small swimming pool and nature reference library. Bamurru Plains, its facilities and 300 km² of country are exclusively for the use of its guests, so you can be assured of a quiet, privileged outback experience. Bamurru Plains is a member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia ... more less
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