Bullo River Station
Top End, Australia
At a Glance
The welcoming nature of Bullo River Station is incomparable - you feel more like a family friend than a tourist
Try some of the best steaks in Australia
Join the Jackaroos for a unique helicopter mustering experience
Wallaroos, wallabies, dingos, crocodiles and buffalo are all regular sightings
Take to the river or the coast for some fishing - Barramundi are almost guaranteed at Bullo
Best time to Visit
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The Northern Territory’s Top End has a distinct wet season between December and March, and although this can be spectacular the build up to the rains can be uncomfortably humid.
Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Bullo River Station or take a look at our itineraries to Northern Territory
A family run homestead, Bullo River Station is in one of the most spectacular and remote parts of Australia's Northern Territory where you can enjoy home cooked meals and join in with the day to day working of the cattle station.
Situated in the top northwest corner of the Northern Territory in what is referred to as the East Kimberley, there is no better place to experience the quintessential Australian outback station. The station, although easily accessed by light aircraft, is incredibly remote, with the front gate of the property being 50kms from the homestead and the nearest neighbors a 3-hour drive away! This area is in fact so remote that some of the waterholes and Aboriginal art found here had remained unseen for hundreds of years.
The station is run by the Ranacher family and has been in the family since the 1950's. This is an amazing opportunity to share their home, experiences and great outback hospitality. Accommodation is in a purpose built building next to the homestead and consists of twelve air conditioned en-suite rooms. The rooms are simple in design and have sliding doors leading out onto the homestead's lawns.
Meals here are relaxed with breakfasts on the veranda, picnic lunches out and about and lovely fresh barramundi or organic prime beef from the local pastures being regulars on the dinner menu. The kitchen is constantly churning out cakes and biscuits to fill the picnic baskets and good, wholesome food is central to your stay here.
Activities are tailored to each individual depending on what you feel like doing on the day and range from cattle mustering, to quad biking, horse riding through vast gorges, river cruising and fishing for your dinner. There are plenty of great spots for picnics, swimming in waterholes and exploring and you can even take a helicopter flight to find your own private piece of wilderness.
Bullo River Station has 12 en-suite rooms in a single storey purpose built block adjacent to the homestead. All are air-conditioned and are simply and comfortably furnished with tiled floors and aboriginal artwork on the walls. Rooms are available with king size beds, twin beds or for families there are rooms with queen size beds with an additional single bed. The décor is simple – cool, tiled floors, indigenous art on the walls and no phones or televisions. All rooms are serviced daily and have sliding door access to the lawns surrounding the homestead.
Bullo River Station is family run and the hosts have two boys of their own who, when they are home, love showing visiting children around their amazing homestead and sharing their experience of life on an outback cattle station. Children of all ages are welcome and meals and activities can be tailored accordingly.
Meals are served on the veranda and consist of hearty local produce, often organic beef from the local pastures or barramundi that has perhaps been caught by guests that day. Picnics are a regular feature at lunchtime as guests are often out exploring. Due to the personal nature of the station, meals are flexible and relaxed. Guests are welcome to use the vast living areas of the homestead including the swimming pool and the emphasis here is to really make yourself at home.
Guests at Bullo River Station are encouraged to participate in the many activities on offer and these are tailored each day for each individual. Included are cattle station tours, fishing, bull catching, cruising the gorges, exploring Aboriginal rock art sites, cattle mustering, horse riding (some experience preferred) and quad bike tours. At an additional cost helicopter tours and Bungle Bungle tours can be arranged.
Amy Welfare (Staff)
If you want to do something totally off the beaten track, away from the crowds and have a completely different experience, fly to Bullo River Station to spend 3 nights here, either before Bamurru as part of a tour of the outback Top End or just on its own from Darwin. Why go here, a remote guesthouse on a 50,000 acre cattle station? Well, too many reasons to list, but my main ones would be to go cattle mustering in the helicopter, really getting into the life of a jackaroo, unrivalled barramundi fishing in the creek, astounding aboriginal rock art, incredible steaks straight from the ranch for dinner… and of course breathtaking star gazing as there is zero light pollution. Parts of the recent Nicole Kidman film Australia was filmed out here, so the beauty of the area is now better known. But it must be said that this is not a luxury experience - your hosts Franz & Marlee are incredibly welcoming but the rooms are fairly simple. You eat all together in the evenings with other guests, sharing experiences of the day, which actually works quite well, with everyone revelling in the fact that they are in such a beautiful and different place to where they have come from. And that is why you go there, for the total contrast and complete abandonment of everyday life.
Location & directions
Top End, Australia
Remote location in the top north-western corner of the Northern Territory, 800km southwest of Darwin in the Northern Territory and 200km east of Kununurra.
How to get there
Private charter plane to the homestead strip provides the best access. The flight takes approximately 90-minutes from Darwin or 30-minutes from Kununurra.