Bamurru Plains is a luxury getaway in a class of its own. The 303sq km property is located on the edge of Kakadu National Park’s western boundary, and is gloriously isolated from the hustle and bustle of city life (Darwin is a three-hour drive away).
While technically a “bush camp”, I can assure you that it is unlike any bush camp I have ever attended. The lodge comprises of 10 mesh-walled safari-style bungalows (with ensuites) which overlook the floodplains and their eclectic range of inhabitants – including wallabies, buffalos and a number of bird species.
The lodge’s main building comprises of a large lounge area, where guests can relax and help themselves to a drop from the fully stocked bar, as well as a dining area and outside alfresco space. The latter is the perfect location for an arvo read, dip in the infinity pool or (in my case) a glass of bubbly.
Bamurru Plains is all about re-connection. Both with your environment, and yourself. There is ample time to relax and unwind (the lodge is off the grid coverage-wise so there are no incessant pings from your smartphone to worry about) plus a range of guided experiences available. These experiences include air-boating, fishing, open top safaris, wilderness walks, bird-watching, and quad bike safaris – to name a few.
And never fear, the lodge may be isolated but they are well-stocked in the food department. Their offering can best be described as gourmet, with a focus on showcasing native and locally sourced produce. We enjoyed waterside evening canapes (crocodile rillette and barramundi wontons) from the bonnet of our safari vehicle after a tour of the property (during which we tried local ants which, FYI, taste rather citrusy).
For dinner, you can expect three courses of the most delicious tucker. We enjoyed lemon myrtle kangaroo skewers with sweet soy for entree, crispy skin barramundi with finger lime on mash, broccolini and roasted almonds for main, and a rum and raisin semifreddo with macadamia praline and strawberry compote for dessert – yum. Each course was accompanied by a matched wine.
The breakfast is served in a buffet style, with a variety of cereals and baked goods available. There’s also bircher muesli, a cooked breakfast option and (if you’re really lucky) fresh damper sometimes available.
From food to accommodation to activities, Bamurru Plains is the perfect fusion of Aussie bush culture and high end luxury.
This experience is part of a larger series of content we are producing for Tourism NT. To check out what else we’ve been up to, head to the @territorytaste Instagram page (we’ll be hanging out there until the end of August 2017).