Bamurru Plains – Northern Territory
Kathleen Taylor

If you want to experience an Africa Safari Luxury Lodge in your own backyard, then Bamurru Plains is the place for you. Set in the Kakadu National Park on a Buffalo working station, near Mary River. To access this piece of paradise, you can drive from Darwin which would take you around 3 hours or take a 30 minute charter flight like I did. As I had never done a small charter flight my nerves weren’t the best, I said my goodbyes to my friends and family for the last time thinking the worst. But it blew my mind and exceeded all my expectations . It was amazing and I loved every moment. It’s pretty spectacular from up there! On arrival onto the dusty runway, you are greeted by a safari vehicle for a 20 minute drive to the lodge. After a welcoming ice tea and tour of the grounds, it was time to absorb the atmosphere and switch off completely to the outside world. Yes, you guessed it, no phone or internet service, so sorry hubby you’re on your own with the kids, no more questions!

After a little quiet time, off to the pool to cool down and take in the tranquility with a glass of G&T which is of endless supply.  Later that afternoon, we were swept off for a safari ride to see Buffalo, Brumbies, Agile Wallabies and a variety of birdlife and try to spot a Croc. A sunset to admire with a glass of champagne and canapés certainly hit the spot.

To finish off the day we had the pleasure of joining all the guests to a sit down 3 course meal, of Barramundi, Roo and Pannacotta to sweeten the deal. After a few bevvies around the fire by the pool, time to retreat back to my tent. Not the tent I usually camp in that’s for sure! Equipped with all the necessary facilities (ensuite bathroom, fans, lighting, luxury bed and binoculars) but with all those extra finishes. Complete open mesh (keeps out all creatures big and small) to experience sleeping out in the open. You can feel the sea breeze which is around 7km away and has that balmy feel. My alarm clock was the sound of Buffalo heading out to the plains for their daily rituals.

Another day of surprise and wonder awaited me, first up an adventure on an airboat to admire the flood plains, bird life and Crocs. During the wet season this becomes a popular Barramundi fishing spot. Back in time for a delightful lunch and another chance to cool down in the pool, before heading off to explore the different sceneries on a Quad Bike. Be prepared to come back dusty, although you can just relax back at the lodge. Dinner was served around 7pm with all the lodge guests together, mixing, socialising and having a laugh with new friends from all over the globe.

Bamurru Plains certainly didn’t disappoint, the hospitality, expert guide knowledge, magnificent scenery, sunsets, food and company was incredible. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to stay again one day. If it’s good enough for Pippa Middleton it’s good enough for me!