Join artist Idris Murphy for a painting adventure and wilderness

experience in the Top End.


A land of stark beauty, sacred aboriginal sites and remote wilderness areas, the Northern Territory has always stood apart from the rest of Australia. Vast deserts, wetlands, monsoonal rains, red-rock gorges, and raging rivers spark the spirit of adventure in those who visit. These same natural features enabled the local aboriginal people to preserve their traditional way of life. Today, travellers flock here from around the world to see these spectacular sites and learn about the fascinating culture of the tribes who have thrived on this rugged land for thousands of years.

Leading Australian contemporary landscape painter, Idris Murphy, is one of the most individual and highly respected artists working in Australia. Recently, he was one of the featured artists in the SBS documentary Two Thirds Sky Artists in Desert Country.

Murphy is a respected educator and artist who has been the driving force behind the promotion and building of a series of accommodation and studios for both Australian and International artists in the outback of NSW; the only ongoing such project in Australia.

Idris Murphy’s work is held in the public collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, Federal Parliament House Art Collection and the Art Gallery of NSW, State Library of New South Wales and the State Library of Queensland.

Arnhem Land is the ultimate Australian wilderness experience, with its natural treasure trove of billabongs, wetlands, rainforests, wildlife and ancient escarpments and an important spiritual home for the local indigenous people who live there. 

Ancient Aboriginal rock art is hidden in old habitation caves and shelters, where the story of 50,000 years of aboriginal occupation unfolds. The artworks in many of the sites depicts the ancient Dreamtime legends and gives the viewer an insight into one of the world’s oldest living cultures. 

This is a rare opportunity to experience a wild part of Australia, while learning from a master of Australian landscape painting. 

Our group will be staying in an exclusive, remote luxury lodge in Mt Borradaile, a 700 sq kilometre area right in the heart of Arnhem Land.  Its rugged ranges are fringed by idyllic billabongs, flood plains, paper bark swamps and monsoonal rainforests. It is an amazingly beautiful wilderness area. Valleys, overhangs and caves which have been occupied for over 50,000 years, offer magnificent galleries of rock art and burial sites.

We will take 4WD excursions into the savannah landscapes, woodlands and rainforests to paint and sketch. And explore incredible catacombs that display signs of recent occupation and ancient mortuary rites and rainforest areas with their distinct array of plants and animals. In the late afternoon, we will cruise along the billabong to observe the wildlife and at sunset when Mt Borradaile lights up with a myriad of colours.

Individual freestanding cabins with twin or queen beds, verandah and ensuite in a unique bushland setting. Each cabin is designed for exceptional comfort in the tropics, inviting in fresh air and vista view of the surrounding bush setting. The verandah is a perfect place for a quiet, sunset drink as you reflect on your day’s sketching and painting adventures.



The lodge includes a comfortable communal lounge, bar, dining area and large outdoor deck, for alfresco dining, all of which overlooks the sandstone paved pool.  The dining room is the social hub of the camp and is recognised for the quality of food and fine wines in a relaxed atmosphere. 


On the edge of the Timor and Arafura Seas and closer to the islands of Indonesia than most of Australia, the 'Top End' is a region of climatic extremes, of spectacular storm skies and an annual cycle of environmental rebirth. This fragile ecosystem remains one of the world's most beautiful wilderness areas with a vast diversity of animals and birds.

Bamurru Plains is a unique and luxurious bush camp located to the west of Kakadu National Park on the edge of the Mary River floodplains.  A region of exceptional natural beauty and unique biodiversity, Kakadu is one of a few World Heritage listed areas that is significant both for its cultural and its natural assets.  A profusion of bird and wildlife are on the doorstep of a unique bush lodge that exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and brings a touch of style to the discovery of a remote and beautiful wilderness. 


Spacious and cool, each of the nine safari bungalows are built on stilts overlooking the floodplains frequented by a myriad of bird and animal life. Mesh screen ceiling to floor walls on all three sides around the bed provides an experience in which you can hear, see and almost touch the wildlife and wilderness around you. The alarm clock in the morning is the call of Magpie Geese, after whom the camp is named, as the orange light of dawn spreads across the floodplain, all audible and visible without having to leave your bed!

The focus is on a supremely comfortable bed (organic cotton linen, pillow menu) and a spacious ensuite bathroom with high pressure showers. The décor reflects the region's earlier indigenous, hunting and pastoral history, with buffalo horns, explorer's maps, Aboriginal art work and fish traps as well as old photos providing a sense of the human heritage of the area. Each room has a cold water thermos, local flora and fauna reading materials and species list. There is no internet access, no television or mobile phone coverage. A true escape to your immediate environment. 

Art Travel Adventures Pty Ltd

Phone: +61 (0) 417 033233