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We invite you to immerse yourself in an extraordinary bush experience on the coastal floodplains of Australia’s Top End. Bamurru Plains is a safari lodge with exclusive access to 300 km² of floodplains and savanna woodland on the Mary River, on the edge of Kakadu National Park. A profusion of bird and wildlife are at the doorstep of this unique bush experience that exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and brings a touch of style to the discovery of a remote and beautiful wilderness.
The true luxury of Bamurru Plains is its location. This beautiful wilderness region of over 300 square kilometers is shared by about 20 guests. The area is home to one of the largest crocodile populations in the world, and the annual migration of over one hundred thousand magpie geese is a sight to be seen.
A stay at Bamurru is bound to inspire a greater awareness of Australia’s unique and specialised environment. Watch as hundreds of birds take flight from around the infinity-edge pool, scan the shallows for big saltwater crocodiles as you skim across floodplains by airboat or slowly cruise the Sampan River watching for silver flashes of fish breaking the surface. On guided walks and game drives search for Brumbies, buffalo, dingos, and wallabies or pause to consider an intriguing reptile or the adaptations of a particular insect.
Surrounded by an exotic landscape of wild palms and twisting trees Bamurru Plains is the perfect spot from which to explore the mysteries and magnificence of this ancient land. The ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ concept brings a uniquely Australian style to your stay – a down to earth yet attentive level of service; an appreciation of the finer details; and above all a team of hosts and guides who are passionate about the area and its wildlife.
The focal point for dining and gathering, the lodge building has a quieter library area with reference books and some privacy from the more communal areas in the rest of the building, which includes the dining area. The front deck features a BBQ fire pit area, a wet edge swimming pool with views across the floodplains and a covered lounge area for chilling with a beer after a day out on the water.
Barramundi, The Hollywood of Australian sportfish the Barramundi goes from being a great sports fish to one of the best once it gets into the 80cm range. Arnhemland has some of the best barramundi fishing on this earth and the Arnhemland Coastal Camp is perfectly located to take advantage of this barra fishing.
Tarpon, how exciting is it when you get smashed by a jack as it heads back into its snag. Just think how good chasing Jacks on the reef!
Saratoga, Pound for pound Black Jewfish smash just about any fishing out of the river!
“Numerous large barra over the magical meter mark are encountered by guests at the mouth of Tommycut Creek every year during the runoff …“
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The Barramundi is arguably Australia’s most prized sports fish and the Northern Territory’s Top End is by far the best place to target them. In the wet, the Mary River floodplains are full of water and Barra, as are the creeks of the Mary River System which adjoin Bamurru Plains.
The best time to fish in the Top End is the period known as the ‘run off’ which happens in the early part of the year (generally February to April) as the floodwaters of the wet recede, vast quantities of bait fish, frogs and insects are swept into the main channels. The Barramundi congregate at these run-off locations for what will be their easiest feed of the year, and fishing these waterways at this time of year can produce some excellent catches.
In March and April, each year Wilf Bush operate, using Bamurru Plains as a base from which anglers fish each day. Guests booked on our Ultimate Wilderness Experience package over these months may have Barramundi fishing included as a guided experience during their stay.
Please note that we are committed to the sustainable fishing practice of catch and release.
The rivers, creeks, and estuaries of the Top End offer world famous Barramundi fishing and guests of Bamurru Plains will fish with licensed and experienced local guides. Bamurru Plains is uniquely located on the lower reaches of the Sampan Creek with private access to the river. You will have access to Sampan and Tommycut Creeks along with numerous other creeks along the coast targeting the holy grail of Barramundi fishing, the METERY! During this runoff period, Barra up to 140cms long and over 50 pounds in weight congregate in these areas. With our own private jetty on the water, traveling times to these areas are reduced significantly allowing you more time to fish.
During the wet season, almost 100 square kilometres of the station is covered in water providing the ideal habitat for baitfish to breed in the warm shallow waters of the floodplain. Guests of Bamurru Plains have exclusive access to these floodplains.
Our airboat fleet are fitted with casting decks to maximise the experience of fishing the floodplain in spots that are only accessible to camp guests. The plains do not drain fully with the tide so the floodplain is fishable all day long! Experience Barramundi fishing like never before with this exhilarating airboat fishing adventure.
From 1 March until 30 April each year, Wild Bush Fishing Safaris operate at Bamurru Plains. For full details on the fishing packages please refer to our
The ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ concept brings a uniquely Australian style to your stay – a down to earth yet attentive level of service; an appreciation of the finer details; and above all a team of hosts and guides who are passionate about the area and its wildlife.
Proudly without wifi or even mobile phone reception, a stay here allows you to focus on nature’s stage show.
Bamurru is built amongst the savannah bush fringing the floodplains to provide a high level of comfort whilst giving guests unobstructed views of the surrounding wetlands and their teeming populations of birds and animals.
The main lodge provides an oasis of tropical calm in the midst of a noisy wildlife spectacle; comfortable wicker sofas; a well-stocked library offers a collection of reference books on the Top End and Australia’s natural heritage. During the heat of the day, the cooling waters of the infinity pool beckon and later the lodge deck is the ideal place to watch wildlife graze through the camp. An expert chef conjures up delicious meals, peppered with local ingredients. Any time of the day you can help yourself to a cold drink from the bar – be it a crisp white wine, a gin, and tonic or sparkling water – best enjoyed with one of Bamurru’s spectacular sunsets.
Spacious and cool, each of the nine safari bungalows are built on stilts overlooking the floodplains frequented by a myriad of bird and animal life. Mesh screens serve as your walls on three sides of your Safari Bungalow. Being surrounded by semi-transparent screens provides an experience in which you can hear, see and almost touch the wildlife and wilderness around you. The alarm clock in the morning is the call of Magpie Geese, after whom the camp is named, as the orange light of dawn spreads across the floodplain, all is audible and visible without having to leave your bed!
The focus is on a supremely comfortable bed (organic cotton linen, pillow menu) and a spacious ensuite bathroom with high-pressure showers. In addition to corrugated iron and lantern lighting, the bungalow décor reflects the region’s earlier indigenous, hunting and pastoral history with buffalo horns, explorer’s maps, Aboriginal artwork and fish traps as well as old photos providing a sense of the human heritage of the area. Each room has a cold water thermos, local flora and fauna reading materials, and species list.
You won’t find a television, CD player, mini bar or even mobile phone reception here – a true escape to your immediate environment. At night, the only sound is the meanderings of marsupials in the foliage and the croak of frogs.
Meals & Drinks
“The infinity pool is for flopping in: I rest my chin on its edge and stare vacantly across the darkening primordial watery landscape and think about chef I Made Mustika’s bush-inspired menu, which includes barramundi with finger-lime salsa.”
Your day begins with a cooked breakfast. Lunch will be served at the lodge on the days when you’re fishing by airboat and a packed lunch will be provided when fishing out on the river.
Canapes and drinks will be served at the lodge, followed by a chef-prepared three-course dinner. Meals are shared with other guests and guides around the dining room table. A select open bar (house wine, beers, spirits, and soft drinks) is included in the tariff and this is generally accessed on a self-serve basis.
Please advise in advance if you have any dietary requirements or food allergies. We are happy to cater to any particulars but given our remote location, we will require a few week’s notices.
Bamurru’s chefs incorporate native and locally sourced produce to provide a gourmet experience integrating authentic, yet contemporary Australian recipes, from kangaroo skewers to crispy barramundi with finger lime salsa and quandong ice-cream.
Dining is enjoyed with fellow guests, where the day’s stories are recounted and new friends are made.
After you’ve woken to the laugh of a blue-winged kookaburra, the soundtrack of the corellas’ cacophony and the chorus of thousands of magpie geese, enjoy a light breakfast such as freshly baked wild berry & wattle seed muffins, ‘bush eggs’ any style on sourdough with bacon, tomato, warrigal green & kutjera relish or house blend bircher museli with Manuka honey, bush apple and a dollop of vanilla bean yoghurt.
Lunch is generally served on the wildlife observation deck overlooking the floodplains, where you might enjoy citrus and fennel warm chicken salad with roasted macadamia nuts while watching a changing cast of birds, brumbies, buffalo and wallabies.
Canapés and sundowners are enjoyed out in the wilderness during your afternoon activity or on the lodge deck just before dinner.
Nightly, a three-course dinner hosted by one of your field guides is served at the long timber dining table as frogs break into a croaky serenade. The menu features Australian bush-inspired recipes. Watch our chef create his favourite bush spiced duck confit in the open kitchen from the dinner table.
Guests can help themselves to drinks at any time from the self-service bar offering a variety of refreshments, including an after dinner tipple for those so inclined.
The team at FishingEarth will work with you to put together the most cost-effective and time-efficient travel plans for you. We will work with you to make sure that your budget and time limitations are taken into account and the best route there and of course the best route home. AtThis FishingEarth we get excited for you when you are going on a FishingEarth Fishing Adventure. But the thing that makes us smile is when you walk in your front door ‘home’ safe and sound.