Wild Bush Luxury In Australia
ARKABA – FLINDERS RANGES
OUTBACK SOUTH AUSTRALIA
In 2019 we are proudly celebrating 10 years of conservation at Arkaba, with ongoing plans for a fully endorsed conservation plan for the future.
Arkaba has made the transformation from outback sheep station to private wildlife conservancy. Active conservation management on the property adds another layer of depth and enrichment to guests’ experience of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges and wildlife is thriving as a result. Wild Bush Luxury’s ownership of Arkaba has allowed us to pursue our underlying passion for conservation and to use tourism as a means to conserve a sizeable area of beautiful and ecologically significant landscape. In turn the conservation work has become an active ingredient in the tourism experience and we are seeing the results of the two working together. To date we have nine years of active conservation management behind us and have had a measurable impact on the biodiversity of the property with return of 12 bird species and two established colonies of the Near Threatened Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby.
All-inclusive homestead rates include all gourmet meals, drinks the real value is in always included guided safaris with our passionate team of field guides
Our new helicopter series is available from March to October each year
Heli-Sundowner Experience– a private 1.5 hour experience with 30 minutes of flying
Heli-Outback Experience – a private 3 hour experience with 1 hour of flying time available on a stays of three nights or more
Heli-Swag Experience– a private overnight experience with 30 minutes of flying time available on stays of three nights or more
Heli-Hike Experience – A shared full day experience with 30 minutes of flying time available on a stay of three nights or more
Arkaba’s Hide is a complimentary experience and will very likely feature in most experience programs designed for your clients to get close to wildlife in the wild
BAMURRU PLAINS – TOP END WILDERNESS
Bamurru Plains is located on Swim Creek Station, a 303 sq km coastal buffalo pastoral
property near Point Stuart in the Mary River Region. The property encompasses a variety of
habitat including vast river frontage, coastal floodplains, savannah woodland, and paperbark
swamps. The station is 10 km from Kakadu National Park’s western boundary (100kms from
Jabiru in Kakadu) and just over 100 km east of Darwin.
The 25 minute charter flight from Darwin covers some of the most spectacular wetlands in
the world and lands at Swim Creek Station Airstrip.
Opening and closing
Bamurru Plains is closed from November until February each year during the early months of
the wet season when weather conditions are particularly humid. Between February until
April, Bamurru Plains is an exclusive fishing lodge. Our leisure travel season operates 1st
May until 31st October.
When to go/Climate
The Top End is dominated by a tropical monsoonal weather pattern that results in a number
of distinct seasons.April to July – the early part of the ‘Dry’
Nights can be cool and early morning fogs common. The days are warm, dry and
generally cloudless with some spectacular sunsets. From April the water begins to
slowly recede from the floodplains.August to September – late part of the ‘Dry’
Days and nights start to warm up. The retreating waters concentrate in billabongs
together with the birdlife which congregates in extraordinary numbers.
Many tropical woodland plants flower at this time of year.
October to December – build up to the ‘Wet’This is a time of increasing humidity and heat, with the build up of massive cumulus
clouds and exciting thunder and lightning shows. Early rains start to turn the country
January to March – the main part of the
The arrival of the full monsoon brings heavy rains and high tides. The rivers
break their banks and spread out across the floodplains, water lilies flower and life
returns to the country in all its majesty.The ‘run off’ is the best time of year for
Accommodation – ‘Wild Bush Luxury’
A style of accommodation more akin to some of the safari camps in Africa, Bamurru Plains’
attraction lies in the birdlife and wildlife of the surrounding floodplains and savannah
woodland. As with the African camps we believe that a stylish wilderness experience does
not need to be 5 star in the traditional sense; however there are key elements that are crucial
to an exclusive stay in the bush: a supremely comfortable bed and quality linen (100%
cotton, a choice of 3 pillows), great bathrooms, good food & wine and excellent guiding.
Bamurru does not purport to be a 5 star room in the bush but the style of experience is utterly
exclusive, rustically chic and totally in tune with the surrounding country.
The camp has ten safari bungalows built amongst the pandanus vegetation on the edge of
the wetlands. Each of them has been built with privacy uppermost in mind and to take
advantage of the spectacular views across the wetlands. Each bedroom has views towards
the floodplains. Rooms are available in twin and king double configurations and extra
bedding is available in the form of a deluxe swag suitable for children only.
En suite bathrooms wrap around one side and/or the rear of each safari bungalow with high
pressure showers and hot water. All rooms have ceiling fans for the dry months of winter
(April to October) and air conditioning can be provided in 3 rooms during the wet season
months. As most of the power is solar generated, air-conditioning requires additional
generator capacity and a surcharge applies.
Please note that Bamurru Plains is a ‘camp’ and as such exposes guests to the sights and
sounds of the bush around them. In keeping with this, the safari bungalows do not have
televisions, CD players, mini-bars, telephones, internet access. Hair dryers are available on
The focal point for dining and gathering with other guests, 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 firepit
area, a wet edge swimming pool with views across the floodplains and a covered lounge
area for sitting out the heat in the middle of the day.
As we have an early start in the mornings to observe the wildlife we offer a light breakfast to
start the day. There is a selection of cereals, fruit, juices and freshly baked bread. The first
major meal is lunch served at approx. 12:30pm. Snacks and drinks are provided when out
on activities. A three course dinner (first course is often canapés on the front deck) is served
at approximately 7:30 every evening and dinner is hosted by the camp manager or one of the
guides. Meals are shared with other guests around the dining room table. Food is based on
contemporary Australian cuisine with a hint of native produce. A select open bar (wines,
beers and soft drinks) is included in the tariff and this is generally accessed on a self-service
basis. There will be a range of premium wines and spirits available for purchase.
The majority of power in the camp is solar generated and usage of it is carefully
managed. Australia operates on 240V and uses a 2 or 3-pin plug.
Guided Activities at Bamurru Plains
Our activities focus on early morning and late afternoon when the wildlife and the light are at
their best. Guests can participate in a number of activities such as: a river cruise spotting
birds and crocodiles on the Sampan River (tidal conditions permitting), four wheel drives in
open top safari vehicles, an airboat trip on the floodplains (subject to water levels) and a
bush walk in the savannah woodlands that fringe the floodplains.
The activities mentioned above are included on our Ultimate Wilderness Experience rate. If
you have booked our Floodplain Chill Out rate you can book and pay for any of the activities
directly with the lodge on arrival however activities will be subject to availability. Adults and
children pay the same price for activities arranged locally.
Optional activities that can be arranged, subject to availability, include: siesta lunch retreat or
an overnight treetop sleep-out at our signature Bird Hide, scenic flights (by airplane or
helicopter), private fishing safaris, taking a privately guided day trip to Kakadu National Park
or Arnhem Land. These activities are an additional cost, please enquire for prices.
It is possible to arrange scenic flights over Kakadu by single-engine aircraft. This
excursion can be arranged prior to your stay or whilst at the lodge, subject to
The best time is during the ‘run off’ in February-April. Bamurru is an excellent
location for the dedicated fisherman seeking some comfort. Fishing is predominantly
tidal salt-water fishing and requires a specialist fishing guide to be arranged. The
main species to be fished here is Barramundi. It is recommended that this is booked
Kakadu National Park & Arnhem Land
Private and Shared day tours can be arranged from Bamurru Plains to either Kakadu
National Park or Arnhem Land. A short flight makes the escarpment country of
Kakadu an easy day trip from the camp and opens up a range of Aboriginal cultural
sites. Jabiru is a 20 minute flight away and a private guide will be arranged for the
Average length of stay
The minimum night stay is 2 nights. A 3 night stay will allow time for a day trip to Arnhem
Land or Kakadu and 4 nights will allow time to sit back and relax in and around the camp.
Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. With 24 powdery-white beaches and 40 luxurious suites, it is the most northern resort in tropical Queensland and is located directly on the Great Barrier Reef.
A National Park covering 1013 hectares with 24 sandy beaches and a lagoon, Lizard Island is accessible only by private charter from Cairns Airport in northern Queensland, Australia. Cairns Airport is accessible from all major Australian airports and directly from some cities in Asia.
Lizard Island is renowned for its scuba diving and snorkelling and is surrounded by coral reefs, ribbon and lagoon reefs. But its Lizard Island’s close proximity to one of the best known diving sites in the Great Barrier Reef, Cod Hole, that distinguishes it from many other reef islands.
Lizard Island Resort is reserved for the fortunate few who will experience an unforgettable holiday like no other. Enjoy secluded picnics and sunset beach degustation on private beaches, five star cuisine in the beautiful Salt Water restaurant and indulgent spa treatments in the Essentia Day Spa. Relax in style in premium accommodation and take in the wonders of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – right on your doorstep.
The Beachfront Suites
take pride of place in the natural arc of the tropical landscaping and Anchor Bay beach frontage which affords you direct and easy access to the beach.
A large day bed holds court on the expansive outside deck with full, uninterrupted views to the beach and the many yachts and boats anchored in the Bay. It is here, on the deck, that you can leave your snorkel and fins for the duration of your stay – allowing you to swim and snorkel on a whim at anytime of the day or night.
Natural interior tones and fabrics provide a soft backdrop to the richness of the blues and greens of the landscape, sky and sea framed through the soaring double glass doors and day bed.
The luxury bathroom is drenched in natural light and overall ambiance is one of tranquility.
Beachfront Suites are loved by those wanting close proximity and access to the beach and wonders of the Anchor Bay waters.
Exceptional Dining Options
Wine & Dine
Salt Water Restaurant
Simple and relaxed, Salt Water Restaurant is in an idyllic setting, allowing you to take full advantage of the 180-degree ocean views whilst enjoying the stunning food inspired by the freshest local produce from the waters around the island and from the hinterland .Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at Salt Water with menus changing daily.
Private Beach Picnic Hampers
With 24 beaches to select from, you can select your own picnic basket content the night before and then following day, take your picnic by a private dinghy and motor to a beach of your choice, or have one of our Marine team drop you off and return later to collect you at a predetermined time.
Degustation Beachside Dining
Two private beach pavilions sit on Anchor bay – each commanding spectacular views of the nightly sunsets.
In the evening, enjoy pre-dinner drinks at Driftwood where you get the chance to reconnect with others you may have met throughout the day – or – simply enjoy a drink watching the sun set.
When you arrive at the Marlin Bar it is like stepping back in time – as the Bar remains almost untouched from its original rustic style and ambience that has thrilled sailors, guests and deep sea fishermen since the 1970’s.
Lake Wanaka New Zealand
Located in the spectacular alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty. The stunning mountain and lakeside setting and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Area, makes it the ultimate base for outdoor activities.
With four distinct seasons, Wanaka is a year-round destination. Summers are hot and dry – perfect for water-sports, hiking and biking. Winters are cool and crisp with four diverse ski areas offering great options for skiers and snowboarders. Spring is the ideal time to get out and explore the lakeside tracks and trails, and the vibrant colours of autumn are perfect for photography.
It’s not just the outdoor enthusiasts who have plenty to do, stroll the streets and be inspired by galleries, stylish shops and be spoilt for choice with a great selection of cool cafes, excellent restaurants, craft breweries, award-winning wineries, and an artisan distillery.
Edgewater Hotel- Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
Edgewater lies right at the water’s edge of Lake Wanaka. It is the perfect destination for you to experience all that Central Otago’s four seasons have to offer.
Long, hot summers fade slowly into beautiful autumn colours, before the clear mountain air promises snow and crisp winter days. As the snowfalls melt, spring returns with its lush, bright greens.
At Edgewater we have genuine local knowledge that complements our inviting accommodation and enticing seasonal menu. Suites feature master bedroom, separate living-dining area, and laundry facilities. Each has a balcony or patio overlooking the lake and gardens.
On-site mountain bikes are available for hire. Work out on the all-weather tennis courts or relax in the spa and sauna area on site.
Edgewater is only minutes from the heart of Wanaka. Amble along the lake hugging walk way or drive a few minutes to explore the boutique shops, engage with friendly locals and enjoy the inviting atmosphere of Wanaka.
Indulge in some wine-tasting in the region, be exhilarated by the expansive wilderness of the Matukituki River by jet-boat, cruise on Lake Wanaka, ski the slopes or take to the skies for a scenic flight, skydiving or hang-gliding!
Come and touch the seasons at Edgewater.
School Group Programs Available from AABH
AABH has a number of school group options for schools wishing to incorporate a visit to Australia in their excursion and learning programs. We have a number of itineraries which cover nature and industry and culture. We have developed itineraries and structures leasing experiences to the Great Barrier Reef as well as Australian inland and agricultural centres. AABH is also able to provide guides in most languages. Please let us know if we can assist you in planning your next school group.
An Example of one of our recently developed itineraries include: https://aabh.com.au/school-group/