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Check out the buffalo on Safari
Check out the buffalo on Safari
Getting around Safari Plains on a bike.
Fishing off Mary River.

Wild Plains Safari

Thursday, September 21, 2000
Marilyn and Tom Starr own Wild Plains Safari in the Northern Territory, which caters for adventurers who want to experience the wetland wilderness in small groups. If you're lucky you'll catch a barramundi before a croc gets you!

Marilyn and Tom Starr own Wild Plains Safari Camp in the Northern Territory, and they cater for adventurers who want to experience the wetland wilderness in a small group. 12 at a time is the maximum.

Your accommodation is in African-style safari cabins, complete with airconditioning, ceiling fans and ensuite bathrooms. They each have two single beds on the mezzanine level and either two singles or a queen size bed on the lower level. Every building on the property is fully insect screened.

There is a communal dining room/kitchen and they offer wholesome home-cooked meals, using where possible local meats, fish, fruits and vegetables. Morning and afternoon tea is provided, and the kitchen is always open should you feel like a snack at any time. The bar/lounge area and open verandah overlook the floodplain.

The Starrs’ place covers 30,000 hectares of wild land, literally in the middle of nowhere. The massive floodplains are a haven for birdlife and buffalo, and Tom will tailor a special safari for you so you can see as much as possible.

Tom says there are only about 30,000 buffalo and 2,000 wild boar left roaming around these days, and he has a fair few of them on his property.

There are plenty of crocodiles around in this part of the world. The Mary River is home to the largest crocs in the world.

Other activities are going on an airboat safari of the floodplains, quad bike safaris of the drier forests, 4WD safaris of the further away places, river boat safaris of the Mary River, fishing for barramundi on the floodplains, river or sea or taking an excursion into Kakadu National Park. A private charter flight can be arranged by helicopter or fixed wing plane instead of the usual 4WD transfers.


A two-and-a-half-hour drive east of Darwin, on the edge of Kakadu National Park.


Wild Plains Safaris for three or more days, including transfers from Darwin, accommodation and meals are $330 per person per day twin share. Other safaris are available. They run between March and December and all equipment is supplied.

More information

Wild Plains Safari
Phone: (08) 8978 8889
Fax: (08) 8978 8885

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