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  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Darwin
  • Bamurru Plains
  • Tiwi Islands
  • Darwin

7 Days By Private Plane
  • Departing:
  • 24 Jul 2023 New release

Flying by private plane, and reserved for just 30 guests, our journey reaches into the remote regions of the Tiwi islands and Bamurru Plains, located on the edge of Kakadu National Park. In each destination, we take pleasure in our sought-after seclusion and enjoy an abundance of stirring landscapes, native wildlife and Indigenous history. Above Image: Tourism NT/Elise Cook

Tiwi Islands
Tiwi Islands

Access the Top End with Ease

Reach these far-flung destinations by private plane. Seldom visited by other travellers, Bamurru Plains and Tiwi Islands Retreat boast exclusive access to their expansive and pristine surroundings.

Bamurru Plains

Design Your Stay at Bamurru Plains

This vast property on the edge of Kakadu National Park is a haven for wildlife, which you will see during game drives, guided walks and river cruises. You may prefer to relax in the infinity pool, gazing across the floodplains to admire flocks of birds and buffalo herds.

Image: Emma Pritchett

Tiwi Islands
Tiwi Islands

Idyllic Island Adventures

The Tiwi Islands are a pristine paradise. Hidden away on Bathurst Island, we find the Tiwi Island Retreat. This seaside sanctuary not only benefits from its remote and tranquil setting, it also allows us convenient access to adventures of our choosing.

Tiwi Island Culture
Tiwi Island Culture

Experience the Tiwi Way of Life

Receive a traditional welcome, then uncover the region’s Indigenous art and culture during your Tiwi Islands stay. The Tiwi Islands feature a rich history of Dreamtime stories, visual art and sculpture, ceremonial dance, and other forms of cultural expression that all play a part in day-to-day life here.

RFDS Plane
RFDS Hangar

Journey to Darwin with the Flying Doctors

Climb aboard one of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) light aircraft for exclusive flights between Darwin and Bamurru Plains. Join a private tour of the RFDS hangar in Darwin and hear about the incredible stories and lifesaving work taking place each day across Australia.


Tour Manager - Suzanne Higman

As Your Tour Manager, Suzanne Higman Welcomes You On This Journey

From Darwin, we are transferred to the Adina Apartment Hotel Waterfront Darwin. Settle in as the anticipation builds for the beginning of our adventure, then get to know your fellow guests during a Welcome Dinner.

After breakfast at our hotel, we split into two smaller groups. Half of our guests enjoy an adventure in the Tiwi Islands. Our remaining guests, meanwhile, head out to explore Darwin before making the journey to Bamurru Plains. 

Our first group boards a private charter flight to the Bathurst Island hub of Wurrumiyanga. Following a traditional welcome, we delve into the region’s rich history with an Indigenous arts and cultural experience. Our private plane then delivers us to the remote Tiwi Island Retreat. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon before dining beneath the glow of the moon and stars.

Our second group begins an equally exciting day. Following a tour of Darwin, we head to the airport for a tour of the Royal Flying Doctor Service hangar. After our visit, we climb aboard one of their aircraft for our flight to Bamurru Plains, our secluded home on the edge of Kakadu National Park. Here, we learn of the range of experiences on offer from our hosts. You might like to look out for saltwater crocodiles while gliding across the floodplains by airboat. Alternatively, embark a cruise along the Sampan River. Of course, you are also welcome to simply relax with a refreshing dip in our lodge’s infinity pool. The chance to spot diverse local wildlife, including brumbies, buffaloes, dingoes and wallabies, on a game drive or guided walk is also on offer. Toast the day with a nourishing meal that incorporates fresh locally sourced produce, offering an authentic taste of the Top End.

Today is reserved for each group to enjoy the natural wonders of their respective destinations. 

Those in our Tiwi Islands group may like to embark a boat to discover secluded fishing spots along the estuary. You may prefer to join a blue water fishing adventure at your own expense. Of course, you could always surrender to the beauty of the retreat itself, relaxing by the pool and taking the day at your own pace. This evening, savour the gourmet creations of our award-winning chef or sample canapes before the warmth of a roaring bonfire on the beach. 

Our Bamurru Plains guests also have a broad range of activities to choose from, including airboat safaris, game drives and guided walks. All of the available activities allow you to explore this vast property, while appreciating it from diverse perspectives. Later, return to our idyllic Safari Bungalows for a relaxing evening overlooking the lively floodplains.

Following breakfast, our two groups swap properties as we continue our Top End journey. 

Our Tiwi Islands group board a private charter flight to Bamurru Plains, while the remainder of our guests fly to Tiwi Island Retreat, stopping in Wurrumiyanga for a cultural experience along the way. Settle into your new residence and look forward to the adventures to come.

Wake to the sounds of the bush, or beach, this morning, ahead of another exciting day of memorable experiences. 

Those at Bamurru Plains have the day at leisure. Choose to relax and enjoy the amenities of our lodge or head out on a game drive, guided walk or airboat safari. 

Guests in the Tiwi Islands receive a traditional welcome at Wurrumiyanga, before heading to our resort and choosing from the broad range of available activities set along its stunning stretch of coastline. Embark a boat to discover secluded fishing spots along the estuary. Alternatively, head out on a blue water fishing adventure at your own expense. Otherwise, take the day at your own pace, relaxing by the pool or enjoying a picnic in our retreat’s serene surrounds. 

This morning, Tiwi Islands guests check out of Tiwi Island Resort, flying directly to Darwin.  

Bamurru Plains guests also check out this morning, flying aboard a Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft. On arrival in Darwin, enjoy a tour of the service’s aircraft hangar.

Our two groups reconvene for lunch before taking the afternoon at leisure. You may like to explore Darwin on your own terms, or perhaps just relax at our hotel. 

This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner, while recalling your favourite experiences of our journey with your fellow guests and Tour Hosts.

Our incredible adventure in the Top End comes to a close as we make our way to the airport this morning.

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Everything Considered & Included

Curating journeys for over 25 years, we know that sometimes travelling can be a chore. Which is why we’ve considered every last detail and moved everything mundane behind the scenes.