Bush luxury

Wild Bush Luxury opens the new Jabiru Retreat at Bamurru Plains Safari Lodge.

Photography by Hels Orr

31 May 2023


Jabiru Retreat extends current accommodation with dual bungalows in a private oasis setting. Wild Bush Luxury has opened its newest accommodation offering – Jabiru Retreat at Bamurru Plains safari lodge, located on the spectacular Mary River wetlands in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

Jabiru Retreat is a private, luxe camp-within-a-camp experience featuring two safari-style bungalows connected via a raised walkway leading to an exclusive-use plunge pool.

Alongside is an alfresco lounge and dining space with a view overlooking the lush plains that attract abundant wildlife including buffalo, agile wallabies, brumbies and an incredible variety of birdlife including Magpie Geese and the retreat’s namesake, the Jabiru.

Jabiru Retreat accommodates four adults, and up to an additional two children upon request in swag bed sleeping, catering to six guests in total. It’s the ideal space for either two couples travelling together, a family with older children, multi-generational families or small groups of friends wanting their own space.


Designed by Darwin-based Rossi Architects, Jabiru Retreat will have the look and feel of a safari camp with sustainable and ethically sourced furniture throughout the bungalows using natural materials including teak, rattan and seagrass.

To extend this look to the exteriors, Wild Bush Luxury worked with Inartisan – an Australian company founded by artist Emily Heysen, great-granddaughter of renowned Australian landscape painter, Sir Hans Heysen – who sourced the teak furniture for the expansive decks.

Each of the two spacious bungalows at Jabiru Retreat offer king-size split beds, an ensuite bathroom and a generous outdoor lounge area.

The safari bungalows are built on stilts to minimise impact on the environment. Overhead fans and ceiling-to-floor mesh walls on three sides allow breezes to naturally cool the interior and expose guests to the sights and sounds of the surrounding bush.

Jabiru Retreat will complement the existing accommodation at Bamurru Plains that includes ten safari bungalows and one larger Kingfisher Suite overlooking the floodplains.

The retreat will offer complete privacy while still including all the signature Wild Bush Luxury services, including fully catered dining and daily wilderness safari experiences – such as airboat safaris, open-top safari drives, crocodile-spotting river cruises, guided walks and more.

Prices for Jabiru Retreat are based on four people and start from $6,160 a night from 1 May to 30 June and 1 September to 31 October, and from $6,800 a night fully inclusive in the peak months of July and August.

The price includes accommodation, a fully catered experience including hosted lodge dinners, all beverages including wines and spirits, along with twice-daily shared safari experiences.



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