Wilderness Australia offers a variety of tailor made adventurous itineraries in remote areas of Australia such as at Bullo River Station in the north western corner of the Northern Territory.
This property of around half a million acres is home to station hosts Franz and Marlee Ranacher, around 9,000 Brahman-cross cattle as well as wallabies, dingoes, wild buffalo, birds, fish and crocodiles.
As a working farm, guests at Bullo can help with the station chores such as bull catching (here the owners drive a vehicle up alongside a bull and a mechanical arm grabs it around the neck or waist and slowly bring it to a halt), and cattle mustering.
Other activities include horse riding (not for beginners), helicopter fishing, boating through red rock gorges, wildlife spotting, rock climbing and swimming in freshwater rock pools. Bush experiences would include a picnic lunch out in the open, washed down with billy tea, and ideally a swag-out (camp out) overnight by a waterhole.
A 90 minute flight takes guests to Bamurru Plains - a safari camp in the wilderness built on the edge of the Mary River floodplain. Early morning rides in the flood plains in an airboat (a dinghy with a huge fan attached to the back) to spot crocodiles and birds are part of an itinerary.
Both Bullo and Bamurru are best visited in the Australian winter from May to September. Both places are closed during the hot summer months of December and January.
Package from Oz
On offer for five nights/six days for travel from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009 is a package for Bullo and Bamurru Plains costing $6,224 per person based on twin share accommodation, with two people travelling. Included are activities, meals, a helicopter flight, accommodation and charter flights between Darwin.
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