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Bullo River Station invites people from around the world to live and breathe life on a cattle station. With legendary outback hospitality, guests will be involved in unique and authentic experiences that will create life-long memories. Situated on the edge of the remote Kimberly in the northwest corner of Australia's Northern Territory, Bullo River Station is a working cattle station that strives to balance best practice pastoral work with a commitment to environmental and indigenous conservation. The prime pastoral land is managed with equal care and respect for the pristine and extraordinary beauty of the outback bush.
Near the convergence of the Victoria and Bullo rivers, where the savannah is transformed into an oasis of rolling green lawns, shady eucalypts, and iconic boab trees, you’ll find Bullo River Station’s iconic homestead.
Inspired by the landscape, the 12 guest rooms at the homestead are styled to provide an inviting sanctuary, perfect after a day on the station. Each room opens out onto the shady lawns and is cool and comfortable, with a king or twin beds, air-conditioning, and modern ensuite. In a comfortable communal area, guests can help themselves to freshly baked goodies, and enjoy a drink with fellow travelers.
Drawing upon historical bushcraft skills and traditional trades that go hand-in-hand with remote stations where resourcefulness and a ‘can do’ attitude are both necessary, this guest space and rooms, designed by Sibella Court in 2017, works to complement the magnificent landscape.
Specimens were collected from the surrounding property: ochre, earth and clay, paperbark, eucalyptus leaves, melaleuca blossom, river mud, felted boab seeds, wild rice, kapok, native hibiscus, green ants, sands from the gorges, waterlilies, feathers, stones and rocks. These samples then influenced the overall color, materiality and textile library, providing a basis for all design decisions to follow.
Tiles were custom-made and color-matched to a selection of these natural elements, highlighting the diversity of this unique landscape and its vibrancy of color and life. The tactility and colors of the soft furnishings were informed from the grasses, earth, bird prints in the sand, rolled hay and matted reeds found in a dry billabong.
Within the Australian context the words ‘cattle station’ conjure a very special image. It involves hot thirsty plains, teeming wildlife, strong bronzed rivers, a vast sky, and dusty stock camps, where horses and stock skills are very much alive – and Bullo River Station fits like a glove. This is a Top End cattle station from the classic mold.
Half a million acres of grassy plains with Brahman-cross cattle and many more wallabies, brown rivers where crocodiles lurk on the muddy banks, rugged hills inscribed with Aboriginal rock art, gushing streams and crystal clear swimming holes, termite mounds, boab trees, stock horses, wild buffalo, and a few great yarns to tell. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy endless activities at Bullo.
Choose a day filled with dust, sweat, and the exhilaration of station life. Or spend the day exploring stunning landscapes, waterfalls, swimming in remote waterholes, and discovering Aboriginal rock art and wildlife.
Witness Bullo River Station’s half a million acres of a breathtaking pristine landscape by helicopter.
Explore some of Bullo’s endless landscape on foot on one of the guided hiking tours. Well-trodden by cattle or wallabies, the trails will take you to billabongs, water holes and river pools where you can watch (and listen to) the wildlife. Take in breathtaking views as you traverse along the gorges, ridgeline and explore Aboriginal rock art sites. Discover secret waterfalls and natural swimming pools, great for a rewarding and refreshing swim.
Birds, wallabies, crocodiles, goannas, and other reptiles are native to the station. The cool mornings and evenings are the best time to see the wildlife as they congregate on the water’s edge. The station is a bird watchers paradise with over 100 resident and migratory bird species spotted on the property. Emus, magpie geese, whistling ducks, wedge-tailed eagles, red wing parrots, brolgas, and the elegantly long-legged jabiru to name a few. One of the world’s two known populations of the pygmy crocodile is found on the Bullo River. This elusive reptile is a rare but delightful sight.
Numerous Aboriginal rock art sites have been found hidden in the station’s rugged red cliffs and ridgelines. They are thought to be the work from the Miriuwung-Gajerrong people who lived on and managed the land before white people came. They are still learning the cultural significance of these vivid depictions. The galleries are only accessible by guided tour in an all-terrain vehicle or helicopter.
Join the team as they tackle the day’s activities. You’ll get out on the station in four-wheel drives, all-terrain vehicles or even on horseback. Activities include bore checks, lick runs, and cattle yard work. There are poddy calves to be fed and muster training to do. Or take a farm tour to learn about everything they do. Cattle mustering is seasonal, over the dry season months June to September, and guests are welcome to watch.
Bring your boots and experience Bullo River Station from the back of Australia’s legendary stock horse. Or experience the serenity of the outback and wildlife with a horse ride along bush tracks, billabongs, and rivers. Then quench your thirst as the horses are rubbed down at the end of the ride. There are stock horses available for guests to ride subject to riding ability with expert assistance and guidance of one of the team members.
Bullo River Station manages the land with a philosophy of partnership, never taking too much or working it too hard, committed to ensuring its rich treasure-trove of nature is here for generations to come. They focus on maintaining their commercial viability as a cattle station – embracing sustainable ways of working with, and caring for, the land.
Alex and Julian Burt have admired and supported the work of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) for many years. AWC's pragmatic approach to land management and conservation is very much in line with the land use philosophy of Bullo River Station. The Burts believe that on this vast land at Bullo, cattle grazing and conservation projects can be managed in concert and so the partnership with AWC was born.
Within a specially designated conservation zone, AWC’s work at Bullo focuses on scientific monitoring and habitats. Along with on groundwork managing fire, feral animals, and weeds, to deliver outcomes for the overall ecological health of this incredible landscape.
Guests may share the dinner table with conservationists from the AWC during their stay. Whilst AWC field ecologists are not always at the station, they are regular visitors, using scientific research to continually monitor the ecological health of both Bullo’s agricultural and untouched bushland, so they can continue to improve their future land management.
Grace has a ringer background (formerly known as jillaroos), meaning she has worked with the cattle.
Everyone, regardless of origin, feels the skin-tingling magnificence of the Northern Territory / Kimberley landscape. The vastness of the land, the silhouette of the majestic boab, the richness of seasonal colors and wildlife, a subtropical climate that is lush, wet, dry, and its many seasons.
Set on 500,000 acres of privately owned countryside at the convergence of the Bullo and Victoria Rivers, Bullo River Station is a working cattle station in the Northern Territory near the Western Australian border. The station’s pristine landscape is carved with gorges and waterfalls, making it one of Australia’s most breathtakingly beautiful stations.
Encircled by the coffee-colored waters of the Victoria River and rugged hills inscribed with Aboriginal rock art, this vast property is not only home to around 4,000 Brahman-cross cattle, but also a stunning variety of local fauna species including wallabies, dingoes, wild buffalo, a myriad of native and migratory birds, fish, and the omnipresent crocodiles.
In earlier years, outback hospitality was a lifeline for travelers, who would break a journey en route, stopping for several days or more to recover from an arduous journey. Travelers would get to know families and workers during their visit before finally picking up their journey again. The travelers would tell the tales of their visit and those homes would become legendary.
With this spirit of outback hospitality, guests are invited to experience life on a working cattle station at Bullo. Generous and comfortable rooms designed by Sibella Court, tasty, wholesome meals and a cold drink at the end of the day will revive guests who have spent the day enjoying the station’s many activities.
Whether it’s a day filled with dust, sweat, and the exhilaration of station life or spent exploring stunning landscapes, waterfalls, swimming in remote waterholes, and discovering Aboriginal rock art and wildlife, the Bullo River experience is unlike any other.
All meals, refreshments, and beverages are included in the price.
Breakfast is usually served outside on the homestead verandah. Lunch can often be a picnic basket filled with fresh goodies just perfect to enjoy by waterholes, billabongs or under the shade of a magnificent boab tree. Dinner is best enjoyed under the stars, in the light of a campfire with new friends. Barramundi and prime organic beef from the surrounding pastures dominate the evening menu. Bullo River Station can cater for your dietary requirements.
The guest wing has a lounge area where guests can help themselves with still and sparkling water, tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, and light refreshments baked daily.
Bullo River Station has created flexible pricing on its helicopter experiences. The pricing is available immediately. The helicopter is an R44 provided and operated by Helispirit, based in Kununurra, Western Australia.
Witness Bullo River Station’s half a million acres of the breathtaking pristine landscape by helicopter. See the convergence of the Victoria and Bullo rivers, fly along winding gorges, and land near private waterfalls to enjoy a gourmet picnic. Explore swimming holes high up on the escarpment, far away from crocodiles and visit Aboriginal rock art sites that very few people have.
See vast grass plains speckled with herds of cattle and wild buffalo. Land near remote waterholes and watch the cattle, buffalo, and wildlife congregate. Bullo’s helicopter expeditions are tailor-made to your interests.
Helicopter time is 1400 AUD per hour of flying time, pro rata.
Perched high up on the ridgeline you’ll find a lone pair of huts offering complete seclusion and intimacy. Accessible by helicopter, drink in the Top End’s famous sunsets from the deck with its vast and spectacular outlook over the outback. Peer down to your private lake where birds and native wildlife go about their business. You may spot the resident crocodile.
Turn off the lights and experience the beauty of the night sky without any light pollution to distract. Wake with the sunrise and witness the outback to welcome a new day. The generous but simple huts contain a king size bed, with shower and toilet facilities for complete privacy. Please note that guests will be alone at the huts, but will have a satellite phone and radio communications.
At an additional cost of 1200 AUD per night to your stay at the Homestead, more adventurous travelers are encouraged to stay overnight at the huts for a unique outback experience. The price includes helicopter flights to the huts, evening meals and refreshment, overnight stay, and helicopter return.
Take to the skies in an R44 to get a bird's eye view of the property on your way to a remote waterhole, accessible only by helicopter. It's the ultimate private swimming hole, where you can follow the creek line to explore more of this rugged gorge country. Bullo River Station must be seen from the air to truly understand the vast beauty of the property.
The experience includes a refreshment or lunch, depending on the time of the day. The price is 840 AUD for the trip for a maximum of three passengers.
4WD hire is available at Kununurra and instructions on driving into the stations will be provided for self-drive.
East Kimberley Regional Airport
Transfer not provided
If self-driving through the region, the station is accessed off the Victoria Highway. The road is 4WD only, contains several gates that must be opened and closed by you, and the roads are not passable at some times of the years – it does pay to be prepared. Detailed driving directions are provided for a safe journey, as well as guidance for hire cars to ensure you are fully informed for the journey.
Please note that it is recommended that guests access the property via helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft due to shortened arrival time, safety, and to experience the property from the air. Air transfers provide better safety and supervision of guests, as the unsealed and variable conditions on the access road can be difficult, even for experienced drivers. There is no mobile phone coverage for the duration of the drive. Landing spots are at the homestead.
Private charter plane to the homestead strip provides the best access from Darwin (90 minutes) or Kununurra (30 minutes). Air transfers are also available to / from a number of locations, e.g. El Questro, Bamurru Plains or Katherine and quotes and various sized aircraft can be coordinated via the station managers.
Helicopter transfers to the homestead airstrip from Darwin (120 minutes) or Kununurra (40 minutes) can also be arranged at an additional cost. Helispirit and Aviair have provided rates for air transfers from Kununurra and Darwin. This service can be provided on request.
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