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Bullo River Station Properties

Bullo River Station
Twelve Double/Twin Rooms

A purpose built guest area consists of twelve double/twin rooms each with air-conditioning and en suite facilities. Located a few metres from the main house, all rooms have sliding door access to the lawns surrounding the homestead. Of course, guests are welcome to enjoy full access to the vast living areas of the homestead plus use of the swimming pool. Breakfasts are usually served outside on the homestead verandah with dinners in the main dining room. Dinners are informal and the menu relies heavily on the two exceptional products of the property, namely fresh barramundi (hopefully one you have caught yourself) and organic prime beef.
Located in the northwestern corner of the Northern Territory near the Western Australian border.


Year Round

Australia is an all-year-round destination, but during the summer, December to February, it is hot in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. At the Great Barrier Reef, most rain falls in January and February. In northern Queensland and parts of the Northern Territory, roads may flood during the 'green' season, January to March. The ski season takes place during June to October in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Australia's seasons are the opposite of those of the Northern Hemisphere.

Spring: September-November
Summer: December-February
Fall: March-May
Winter: June-August
Cattle Mustering, Bull Catching, Horse Riding, Fishing, Helicopter Tours & Cultural Tours.

Filling your days is never a chore at Bullo. Our friendly and capable team will arrange all your activities tailor-made each day to suit your wishes. We'll accompany you on river cruises up the spectacular Bullo River Gorge to fish or spot crocodiles, help you interpret local aboriginal rock art, or introduce you to the hundreds of bird species that call Bullo home. You might like to try cattle mustering or horse riding depending on your riding ability and on the station's mustering schedule. We can also arrange optional helicopter trips for aerial sight seeing. For those keen on fishing, there are great opportunities for river and coastal fishing, with unique chances to access untouched local areas by boat or helicopter. All activities on offer are included in the nightly rate with additional cost only for helicopter trips. Most activities will include an alfresco picnic lunch, allowing you to explore the far reaches of the property or to spend more time enjoying your chosen activity. Light meals are accompanied with a selection of soft drinks and the obligatory billy tea!
Local Info

Bullo River Station is in the northwestern corner of the Northern Territory near the Western Australian border. Encircled by the coffee coloured waters of the Victoria River and rugged hills inscribed with Aboriginal rock art, this vast property is not only home to around 9000 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 crocodile. The 'Boab' is Bullo's symbol and these proud trees dot the entire property lending their stature to what is already an impressive landscape. Access is possible by 4wd vehicle or by air charter with transfers arranged accordingly.
Guest Reviews

"Thanks for showing my family what Australia is all about. You both are very fortunate to have Bullo and each other. I hope to come back to 'chill'. Thanks"
- Greg Norman & Family. June 2001.

"I have travelled the world. I have been to some fantastic places. Bullo River Station is right up there. Beautiful scenery, great fishing and people. Say no more... but the food is a magnet. Will be back for sure. Thank you all."
- Rex Hunt. March 2002.
Owners & Hosts

Marlee & Franz Ranacher welcome you into their home and relish the opportunity to share their stories and encourage guests to participate in all that Bullo has to offer. Bullo River Station was made famous by top-selling Australian author Sara Henderson (Marlee's mother), whose American husband Charles Henderson developed Bullo River in the 1950's, with the story of station life vividly chronicled in Sara's books. Since 2001, Bullo River Station has belonged to Sara's eldest daughter Marlee and her Austrian-born husband Franz, with the noisy assistance of their two sons Ben & Franzie. Marlee & Franz are charming and entertaining hosts and meeting with them in the informal surroundings of the family home and hearing Marlee's own stories of growing up on the property adds a fascinating dimension to any visit. Marlee has since written her own account of growing up on Bullo and the book "Bullo - the Next Generation" makes for fascinating reading. Please note that due to the nature of running a property of this size, it sometimes means that either Marlee or Franz may be personally unavailable during certain periods - especially during the mustering season. A small team of dedicated guides are on hand to ensure you are well looked after and will miss nothing of the Bullo River experience.
Press & Media

"Bullo - The Next Generation" - Marlee Ranacher
"Marlee Ranacher has lived and worked on the famous Bullo River Station, a vast cattle property in the Northern Territory, for most of her life. The eldest daughter of Australian icon Sara Henderson, she has recently become the new custodian of Bullo. She is also a cancer survivor, wife, mother, bull catcher, pilot, cattle musterer, cook, bulldozer driver and accomplished horsewoman. Marlee lives with her husband, Franz, and two young sons, Ben and little Franz. This is her first book."

Outback in Style - Michael Gebicki
"...Bullo River Station is not a holiday ranch, but a working cattle station, complete with horses, muddy four-wheel drives, heavy bulldozers, a road grader, trucks, a helicopter, stock camps and a colourful crew of stockmen. For many visitors, this is one of the most fascinating aspects of the property."

R.M. Williams Outback magazine
Bullo's Next Chapter
"...Marlee often spends nights away from the homestead in the stock camp. For her, the sense of achievement is a real buzz. "In the city, a lot of work gets shredded at the end of the day," she reflects. "But out here a new fence will be there in 10 years time. It's good for the soul to do something that you know will be around for a long time. People in the city need to think about that."...Today, some tourists still come because of Sara's profile, but many - like Greg Norman, Rex Hunt, and wealthy and high profile overseas visitors - come because the place is so unique."
R.M. Williams Outback Issue 26 / Dec 2003 - Jan 2004/ Paul Myers

Vogue Entertaining & Travel
"Marlee & Franz Ranacher encourage you to join in any aspect of station life, including mustering cattle on horseback, swimming in rock pools at the top of sandstone escarpments and fishing in the rivers. You can also take in the local wildlife, which includes buffalo, wallabies and birds, such as finches, lorikeets, black cockatoos, kingfishers, jabirus and brolgas."
Vogue Entertaining & Travel / Sep-Oct 2003 / Susan Westwood

Vogue Living
"In the afternoon, there's an exhilarating trip by helicopter to the top of the Bullo gorge and a swim in rock pools and a waterfall at the top of an escarpment. To complete a memorable day, Franz takes us for a magical hour of fishing on a bend in the river."
Vogue Living / Aug-Sep 2002 / Susan Westwood

Raging Bulls
"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 salt water 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 18 March 2002 / Mark Chipperfield

Bullo and Beyond
"Despite improved communications, this part of the territory remains outside the mainstream of modern Australia – a place where people lead bigger, more adventurous lives. Bullo River Station offers a remarkable taste of frontier life before it disappears forever."

The Weekend Australian 5-6 January 2002/ Mark Chipperfield

Luxury Travel magazine
Rare Adventure
"Located in the most sublimely beautiful part of the Northern Territory, Bullo River Station comprises two hundred thousand hectares of cattle station, scrub and mountain range stretching from west of the giant Victoria River to the West Australian border. Large enough to absorb at least one European Kingdom.."
Luxury Travel Australia Spring 2001/ Mark Chipperfield
Welcome to Bullo River Station; the Northern Territorys, and possibly, Australias premier hosted outback experience. They look forward to sharing their half a million acre backyard with you soon. Bullo River Station is in the northwestern corner of the Northern Territory near the Western Australian border.
Encircled by the coffee coloured waters of the Victoria River and rugged hills inscribed with Aboriginal rock art, this vast property is not only home to around 9000 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 crocodile. The Baobab tree is Bullo's symbol and these proud trees dot the entire property lending their stature to what is already an impressive landscape. 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 (ranch) from the classic mould. Half a million acres of grassy plains with 8,000 Brahman-cross cattle and many more wallabies, brown rivers were 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. Situated in the top north-western corner of the Northern Territory in what is referred to as the East Kimberley, there is no place better to experience a quintessential Australian Outback Station.

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