Went April '08 and only just got round to this.
After a somewhat terrifying flight in a small plane - I swear, our pilot had the manual on his lap before take-off, opened to the page "How to start the plane" - we landed on a dirt strip (once the cattle had moved out of the way).
The brochure calls it bush luxury, and that's about right. Rooms are simple but elegant, food is great, and there's a small pool to cool down from the insane humidity. The best thing is the place itself. Remote, gorgeous, with funny, knowledgeable staff to show you around - Dan especially, who would suddenly leap out of the jeep, scramble up a tree and bring us ants to eat.
One small quibble - they charge you (a lot) extra to have the air-conditioning on. And with the humidity being what it is, air-con is highly desirable. The woman who informed us of this said it was 'to protect the environment', and made us feel bad for even asking. Which is a bit crazy, given that to get here in the first place, most people have to charter a plane.
But that's a really minor complaint. Everything else about this place - the daily safaris, the meals prepared with local ingredients (crocodile risotto anyone?) - is fantastic. Assuming you're willing to re-mortgage your house, you got to go.
- 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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