A Unique Bullo River Station Experience
Day 1: Wednesday 31st July 2024
aboard! Today we make our way down to Melbourne Airport. Go through airport
formalities and fly to Darwin. On arrival into Darwin, you will be met at the
airport and transferred to your accommodation. (Doubletree by Hilton or
Day 2: Thursday 1st August 2024 (B, D)
Breakfast this morning! The day is yours to explore Darwin, you might want to
have a sleep-in or meander around the city taking in its many sights. If you
wanted to do something in particular or go out of Darwin and visit a national
park. We can organise something to your liking!
Day 3: Friday 2nd August 2024 (B, D)
we make our way to Bullo River Station, the transfer from Darwin will be by
air. This will either be a helicopter or light aircraft. Bullo River Station is
remote and driving there is very difficult, this is the quickest and easiest
River Station is a working cattle station and Homestead covering 400,000 acres
of the Northern Territory. 800 km south-west of Darwin and 200 km east of
Kununurra in what is referred to as the East Kimberley region. Encircled by the
coffee-coloured waters of the Victoria River and rugged hills inscribed with
Aboriginal rock art, this vast property is home not only to around 3,500
Brahman-cross cattle but also to a stunning variety of local fauna including
wallabies, dingoes, wild buffalo, a myriad of native and migratory birds, fish
and the omnipresent crocodiles. Your experience on the station will be one to
get to know the land and experience the outback in a unique way with the
creature comforts. Inspired by our landscape, the 12 guest rooms are styled to
provide an inviting sanctuary, perfect after a day on the station. Each room
opens out onto shady lawns and is cool and comfortable, with a king or twin
beds, air-conditioning and a modern ensuite. Rooms are serviced daily. There is
a comfortable communal area where guests can help themselves to freshly-baked
goodies, enjoy a drink with fellow travellers or fill their water bottles for
the day ahead. Laze by the pool on a lounge amongst the palm trees, or in
is an all-inclusive stay; all food and drinks are provided plus activities.
Helicopter rides on the station are additional.
Bullo River Gorge is a stunning location that can only be taken in from a boat.
The river banks are lined with mangroves, fig trees and pandanus, while the red
cliffs tower over the water. We know of one resident crocodile but regularly
see smaller freshies sunning themselves on the riverbank. When you come to
Bullo, it’s only natural to spend some pleasurable hours on our namesake river.
Our electric motor boat takes you through the gorge at a relaxed pace so you
can decide to drop a line or just take in the scenery.
is a favourite pastime at Bullo, with early mornings and late afternoons the
perfect time to drop a line into the glassy Bullo waters. The wild Bullo River
winds 80 km through the station, offering tidal and freshwater fishing. Whilst
renowned for our barramundi, there are plenty of other fish to try your hand at
catching. Our guides are available to take novices through to professional
anglers to experience some of the Top End’s best fishing and maybe show you a
local trick or two! You can fish from the boats or the river bank. Quality
fishing gear is supplied and included in the nightly rate. We do operate a
catch and release policy to protect fish stocks.
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 at the water’s edge. One of the world’s two known populations of
pygmy crocodile is found on the Bullo River. This elusive reptile is a rare but
delightful sight. The station is a bird watcher's paradise with around 200
resident and migratory bird species spotted on the property. Just before
sunrise, you'll hear the raucous call of the Blue-winged Kookaburra starting
up, followed by a chorus of noisy Sulpher-crested Cockatoos, Masked Lapwings,
and Honeyeaters. It's a hotspot for finches, with more than ten species found
here including the exquisite Star Finch, and the colourful and threatened
Aboriginal rock art sites have been discovered in the station’s rugged red
cliffs and ridge lines, the work of the Miriwoong and Gajirrabeng people who
lived on and managed the land. We are still learning about the cultural
significance of these vivid depictions. The galleries are only accessible by
guided tour in an all-terrain vehicle or helicopter.
Bullo River Station’s half a million acres of breathtaking pristine landscape
by helicopter. 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.
Included in your stay at Bullo is 6 minutes of helicopter time per adult guest.
These minutes can be combined with your friends and family for a short scenic
flight or used towards a helicopter experience. Specialised heli-fishing tours
are also available. Please note that all helicopter experiences are an optional
extra at an additional cost.
you can't participate in station activities, our guides can get you out and
about on the station in four-wheel drive vehicles, see the cattle in their
paddocks and learn about how the station operates. When we have poddy calves in
the pen, they need to be fed every morning and afternoon, and we invite you to
come and watch. Cattle mustering is seasonal, weather dependent and in the dry
season, and you are welcome to watch the action in the cattle yards from the
purpose-built viewing platform. Ask the team about our station tour if you are
interested in the ins and outs of running Bullo River Station. Please note: our
horses are working, station horses and are not available for guests to ride.
Bath is a picturesque and safe waterhole, with a story attached to the previous
owner, Marlee Ranacher (formerly Henderson). Marlee would bathe in this water
when using the area as a mustering camp, directing all the men to bathe further
down the river. Now we have a BBQ, change room and long drop toilet there, so
it’s a great place to stop and enjoy a swim and a delicious lunch, cooked on a
cast iron campfire.
minimal light pollution, Bullo River Station is the perfect place to explore
the stars. Gaze through the telescopes or just the naked eye, to reveal the
wonders of our expansive night sky. Discover more about our solar system as you
identify the Milky Way's Giant Emu and other constellations.
Marralam Cultural Experience:
Spend an unforgettable day on Djarrany-Djarrany Country with a cultural experience presented by Kingfisher Tours (in partnership with Djarrany-Djarrany). Join local guides as part of a special cultural immersion experience, which includes guided tours of rock art, fishing, storytelling, hunting and plenty of delicious food and enjoyment.
arrival at a Rock Art site, enjoy freshly baked damper, tea from the billy and
dreaming stories of the lightning man who walks across the country. The next
stop is the wetlands and riverbed where you can take in the abundant bird life,
collect mussels, and try your hand at throw-net fishing. A delicious
bush-tucker lunch of freshly picked mussels, salad and meats follows, cooked
and enjoyed around an open fire. After lunch, embark on a walk through the
beautiful country to one of the many water springs, before returning to Bullo
via helicopter. The Marralam Cultural Experience runs on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Saturdays. It costs $2,510 for two people (minimum required for booking) or
$2,990 for three people (maximum capacity in the R44 helicopter).
Day 4: Saturday 3rd August ’24 (B, L, D)
Day 5: Sunday 4th August ’24 (B, L, D)
Day 6: Monday 5th August ’24 (B)
is time to depart Bullo River Station after a very memorable experience. On
arrival into Darwin there will be some free time. The flight scheduling is
late, so will organise for a room to be available, so if you would like to
unwind before coming home, or maybe keep exploring. (Doubletree by Hilton or
Day 7: Tuesday 6th August ‘24(B)
arrival into Melbourne, breakfast will be waiting at the ParkRoyal Mebourne
Airport. Then Cardwell’s will transfer you back to your original towns.
PRICE $9315 per person, based on Twin Share
(Single Supplement on application)