Luxury Lodges of Australia adds Bullo River Station outback experience to its collection

Luxury Lodges of Australia adds Bullo River Station outback experience to its collection
Edited by Travel Weekly


    Luxury Lodges of Australia has welcomed Bullo River Station to its collection of luxury lodges and camps offering distinctively Australian, high-end experiences and hospitality across the continent.

    Set on some 161,000ha (400,000 acres) of privately owned outback country at the convergence of the Bullo and Victoria rivers in the East Kimberley, Bullo River Station is in the Northern Territory near the Western Australian border.

    Bullo River Station offers guests an authentic working cattle station experience that harmoniously balances pastoral, tourism and conservation activities. Guests experience the timeless spirit of an outback welcome, through hospitality and the generous and comfortable surroundings of the property’s homestead. ‘Bullo’, as it’s affectionately known, is a real “home in the outback”.

    The Station’s landscape is carved with gorges and waterfalls, making it one of Australia’s most breathtakingly beautiful properties. Surrounded by rugged hills inscribed with Aboriginal rock art, the salt and fresh waters meet to create a diversity of ecosystems. It is home to a stunning variety of local fauna species including kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, myriad native and migratory birds, fish and the omnipresent crocodiles as well as around 2,000 Brahman-cross cattle.

    Twelve generous and comfortable rooms, delicious, wholesome meals and cooling beverages reinvigorate guests after a day exploring the outback and enjoying Bullo’s many activities.

    Guests explore Bullo with their own guide visiting secret waterfalls, natural swimming pools and historic boabs, spending the day cruising the Bullo River and dropping a line in for barramundi fishing, bird and wildlife watching, and exploring the Aboriginal rock art on the vast property. And then there is the station life which has its own rhythms.

    Bullo’s ethos is underpinned by the balance between best-practice pastoral work and a commitment to sustainability and conservation. The prime pastoral land is managed with care and respect for the pristine and extraordinary beauty of the outback bushlands. Bullo River Station is home to a groundbreaking collaboration with one of Australia’s most experienced conservation organisations, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, which allows conservation and pastoralism to work hand-in-hand.

    Bullo River Station co-owner, Alexandra Burt, said the properties in the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection tell a uniquely Australian story that has huge appeal.

    “Together, the Luxury Lodges of Australia members represent the pinnacle of the experiential tourism offering in Australia, have exceptional brand reach, and are essential to the way Australian luxury is perceived by international audiences. We deeply admire all of the properties, their character and personality as well as their commitment to excellence, and we feel privileged to join this outstanding cohort,” Burt said.

    Bullo River Station co-owner, Julian Burt, said the team’s vision was to demonstrate that thriving cattle operations and vibrant ecosystems can coexist.

    “By partnering with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and reshaping our approach to pastoral activities, as well as our luxury tourism operations, we plan to lead by example. We hope to prove that sustainable practices are not only feasible but essential for a resilient future,” Burt said.

    Bullo River Station is on Miriwoong and Gajirrawoong country, the Traditional Custodians of the East Kimberley Region, and the original sustainable farmers and managers of the land. Integrating their knowledge into Bullo’s practices is a long-term aspiration.

    Luxury Lodges of Australia executive chair, Penny Rafferty, said the addition of Bullo River Station to the collection added to the depth and diversity of its portfolio of experiential luxury.

    “The Bullo experience is distinctively Australian: raw yet refined, vast yet intimate, understated yet luxurious by virtue of access to the land and the genuine hospitality of the hosts,” Rafferty said.

    “Bullo is the kind of uniquely Australian experience that aligns perfectly with the Luxury Lodges of Australia DNA,” she said.

    “The Bullo experiences are a great complement to those at our existing members, Bamurru Plains, El Questro Homestead and True North in the vast Kimberley and Top End regions. Together these remarkable properties offer a compelling reason to plan a discovery of this remote and fascinating part of the Australian continent.”

    Celebratory offer

    To celebrate joining Luxury Lodges of Australia, the team at Bullo River Station is offering a complimentary helicopter flight to the Victoria River Lookout at sunrise or sunset for two people, valued at $620 per couple.

    Offer applies to bookings made for 2025 season (April-September), with confirmed bookings made prior to September 30, 2024. Booking terms and conditions apply.

    Email the Travel Weekly team at traveldesk@travelweekly.com.au

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