Bullo River Station is a five-star outback station experience. Located in the Northern Territory of Australia, 800 kilometres from Darwin, the 500,000-acre cattle property was founded by Charles Henderson in the 1950s.
The property continues to operate as a working cattle station, running 9,000 head of Brahman-cross cattle for export. Horses and helicopters are used to muster and handle the stock on a seasonal basis. Guests are invited to witness station life first hand or enjoy one of the many adventure activities available at Bullo River Station. The sprawling property contains vast areas of pristine wilderness and is rich in native fauna – visitors will see wallabies, dingoes, wild buffalo, saltwater crocodiles and large numbers of migratory birds. The ancient outcrops contain galleries of Aboriginal rock art.
Apart from adventure activities such as fishing charters, horse riding and 4WD safaris, guests can also learn real Aussie bush craft such as cracking a bullwhip, cattle roping and mustering (available May to September). To stay at Bullo River Station is to be caught up in the energetic life of a working cattle station in the Top End.
Guests can expect to see plenty of bird life and native fauna because of the natural permanent waterways on the property, plus some of the best barramundi fishing in the Northern Territory – the Bullo River meanders for over 80km through the property, from the lush freshwater Bullo Gorge to the mighty saltwater tidal Victoria River, which also forms the eastern boundary of the property.
From the air the mid-winter landscape is impossibly beautiful. We cross ochre mountain ranges, enormous meandering rivers like chocolate milkshakes and waterholes clogged with pink and white lilies. The occasional saltwater crocodile can be seen lazing in the mud. There are flocks of galahs and solitary sea eagles. A mob of feral pigs runs helter-skelter through the water lilies.- Daily Telegraph (UK)
Bullo River Station is situated in the north-western corner of the Northern Territory near the Western Australian border; 800km southwest of Darwin and 200kms east of Kununurra in what is referred to as the East Kimberley region.
Let your guide at Bullo River Station bring the wonders of this timeless land to life. Adventurers are invited to go fishing, boat cruising among the myriad rivers or take advantage of the magnificent photographic opportunities in some of the best scenery in the Northern Territory. Station tours are a great experience – whether by horse, quad bike or 4WD – giving a perspective on the enormity of property and the isolation of the Top End. Wildlife spotting includes the opportunity to go searching for the huge saltwater crocodiles, water buffalo, wallabies, bird life and more. Cattle mustering is seasonal, between the winter months of May to October and guests are welcome to watch or participate with the handling of stock, depending on what is happening on the Station. Whether you’re a novice or enthusiast, the chance to try some of the best fishing in North Australia shouldn’t be missed. The Bullo River flows for 80km exclusively on the property providing the opportunity for fresh and tidal salt-water fishing. A helicopter is best used for scenic flights, fishing, awesome photographic opportunities and other activities. Helicopter is by far the best way to take in the beauty and scope of this vast country. (Helicopter costs apply)
Local rock art sites offer insights into the significance and complexities of Aboriginal culture, and its significance for generations of people past and present.
All meals and beverages are included in the package. Food has always played an important role in station life and Bullo River Station honours the tradition while bringing a modern touch to the table. Breakfasts are usually served outside on the homestead verandah, while lunch is often a picnic, enjoyed beside peaceful billabongs or under the shade of a magnificent boab tree. Dinners are informal and the menu relies heavily on the two exceptional products of the property, namely fresh barramundi (hopefully one you’ve caught yourself) and organic prime beef from the surrounding pastures.
The guest wing, located only a few metres from the main homestead, consists of 12 double/twin rooms running off a central corridor. All of the guest rooms were refurbished in late 2018 and now offer contemporary décor, comfortable beds, air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms. Rooms are serviced daily and have sliding doors access to the lawns surrounding the homestead.
The top end of Australia has two distinct seasons: ‘The Wet’, from November to March is when the summer rains prevail and the humidity increases; ‘The Dry’ season, from May to October, has warm sunny days and cool nights and is the peak season for visitors and the period of most cattle related activity. Bullo River is closed during the wet season between November and end of February.
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