Covering a vast expanse of Australia’s Northern Territory, Bullo River Station is a remote 50,000-acre working cattle station, offering a comfortable stay in a traditional homestead. Experience a way of life far removed from our own, on a traditional outback farm in the heart of one of Australia’s most important farming regions.
Bullo River is a beautiful expanse of diverse and pristine landscapes, where sustainable farming methods are used in harmony with the land and its native species. The station was granted a pastoral lease in the 60’s, which brought stockmen and women to develop it into a viable cattle station. Through the modernisation of the station, its innate spirit remains strong and guests can discover fascinating stories of the aboriginal people who worked here in the early days and of expert stockmen who came to work cattle and develop the station over the years. It is extraordinary to experience such a remote part of the world – in 1961 the opening of an airstrip on the property allowed for a fortnightly mail service to reach the station!
Along with experiencing farm life, guests can explore rolling savannah, thick with Eucalyptus and Boab trees, and discover breathtaking gorges and waterfalls on horseback rides or by foot.
Some grazing areas have recently been restored to native bush to increase wildlife populations; the rivers and the best places for spotting wildlife in the early-morning or evenings, including wallabies, crocodiles, goannas and over 100 bird species. The Bullo River is home to one of the world’s two known populations of the pygmy crocodile, although sightings are rare as these are very elusive creatures.
Guests enjoy off-roading through the dusty outback, and seeing how the team take care of their 4,000 strong Brahman-cross herd, roving half a million acres on horseback, quadbike and occasionally light-aircraft. Guests can help the team by feeding orphan ‘poddy’ calves. There's excellent barramundi fishing from the riverbank or boat, and the culture of aboriginal Miriuwung-Gajerrong ancestors can be discovered via rock art hidden in rugged red cliffs within the station. The heat can be strong, so get in touch to find out the best time of year to travel. Days are broken up with cooling dips in remote waterholes and leisurely picnic lunches on the banks of tranquil billabongs, watching birds drinking and bathing in the heat. Travel June-Sept to watch the cattle mustering.
For an exceptional and memorable experience, take a private helicopter ride to view the stunning escarpment, and if you’re a keen fisherman you can heli-fish in remote locations on untouched stretches of the Bullo River, then eat what you catch!
The homestead where guests sleep is run by the Coopers - welcoming and relaxed hosts, who are more than happy to share their story and the beauty of their station, providing a taste of the typical Australian farm life. Guests dine together on delicious homecooked cuisine, usually out under the stars with a panoramic view of distant hills.
Staying in the homestead gives a real feel for station life, but I would also recommend spending a night in one of the property’s two secluded lake view huts, perched high on a cliff. These offer peace and privacy for a romantic night in the heart of the outback, with incredible sunset views from a spacious deck and spectacular night skies. The huts have king sized beds and ensuite bathrooms.
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