BAMURRU PLAINS, NT

Australian Traveller - - The 100 -

The North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s cat­tle sta­tions can be big­ger than some Euro­pean na­tions. Take the 300-square-kilo­me­tre Swim Creek on the cusp of Kakadu Na­tional Park and the flood­plains of the Mary River. It’s a vast, wild place where cranes, ja­canas and king­fish­ers share the wet­lands with brumbies, wal­la­bies and crocs. In the mid­dle of all this, just three hours’ drive from Dar­win, is quite pos­si­bly the ul­ti­mate glamp­site: Bamurru Plains. Tak­ing in the view from the lodge you could be in the Oka­vango Delta, with buf­falo graz­ing the sur­round­ing flood­plain. It’s fit­ting then that the ac­com­mo­da­tion chan­nels a lux­ury African camp; the Sa­fari Bun­ga­lows fea­ture king-size beds on raised plat­forms open to views of the wildlife be­yond with floor-to-ceil­ing mesh walls. Plus there are en suite bath­rooms and an in­fin­ity pool at the cen­tral lodge to cool off in af­ter you’ve been out on the water. In­deed, the best way to see this area is by air­boat, the fan­pow­ered water craft syn­ony­mous with high-speed chases in the Florida Keys. The guided tour skims you across the wet­lands to get a close look at the birds, crocs and fam­i­lies of buf­falo that call this place home, with a glass of Cham­pagne and bush-tucker canapés to boot.

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