Cowboys living at Australian Five Star Polo River Station


Practically every little boy once dreamed of living the life of a cowboy. Home in range and rusty days is a stray calf, driving cattle from the plains and sleeping under the stars of the open sky. Australia, in the past days, was built on this life. Even today, Australia has hundreds of cattle farms the size of Ponderosa, the size of thousands and thousands of acres, and much larger than a country or country.

The Northern Territory of Australia is such a place. A 500,000-acre cattle station where an exclusive group of guests get a taste of life on a ranch with a twist. Instead of sausages, beans, and sleeping bags under the stars, there’s something quite the opposite. Instead, guests indulge in the impeccable five-star luxury experience it offers Polo River Station.

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What was once an austere home where life was brutally difficult and every day brings a new set of challenges in a wild part of the world, is now the antithesis of that frontier life two generations ago. Instead of arriving on horseback with a sore back after a week-long trek from the nearest city, today’s guests – decked out in the latest RM Williams shoes, Wrangler jeans, and Akubra cattleman hat – arrived on a private jet on a long stretch of pristine lawn facing the inn.

Polo River Terminal is located in a remote area of ​​Northern Territory of Australia in the East Kimberlis region. The remote is a file An understatement where the house is located a 25-mile drive off the road and where the nearest neighbor is three hours away. But the remoteness is part of its beauty in this huge estate full of carved valleys, gushing waterfalls, and the winding beauty of the 40 miles of Polo River that flows through the property. Throughout this area are rocky cliffs, grassy plains, water pits, and caves decorated with thousands of years of indigenous rock art.

Natural wonders are endless with a rich diversity of flora and fauna including fragile eucalyptus trees, spiny spinyfex grass on a rocky landscape, and janitor trees with their enormous cartoony surroundings. There is an endless variety of guanas, wallabies, emu and dingo animals and where saltwater crocodiles can be seen basking on the bank of the river. This is a protected sanctuary as well as tutors paradise where 180 species of resident and migratory birds including magpie geese, hyacinth ducks, wedge-tailed eagles, red-winged parrots and stork-like gabbro can be safely seen on any outing.

Although the wording in the Australian dollar is different from the West, it is largely the same deal. Cowboys there are called cowboys and farms that are referred to as stations but apart from that, this is the same country farm that lives with the cattle of Braham, 4,000 heads, which roam the vast open pastures. This is a work station, so you will see the worker do their job to take care of the herd, muster it, or fix the fences.

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The Bolu River Station is owned by a family who prioritize conservation and work in harmony with the land. Julian and Alexandra Burt are the owners of the property as well as Voyager Estate, one of Australia’s finest wineries. At the plant, the focus is on conservation and sustainable farming methods as well as creating a successful farm project. To do this, Bullo River Station works closely with the Australian Wildlife Service providing strategic input and guidance on ways to reduce the impact on the environment. The number of cows running at the station has been reduced by 50% over the years and there are entire areas untouched. Fishing is more than excellent, especially for the athlete’s favorite barramundi, but fortunately it is caught and fired to maintain the current stock. A big problem in Australia is the introduction of wild animals into the environment. Pigs, wild horses, donkeys, and even cattle and water buffalo are a problem, so steps are being taken to reduce their impact and compete with local species for food and water. Moreover, the introduced trees are being removed throughout the mega property plus they interfere with the natural ecosystem of the area.

The same focus on the environment is part of the property’s DNA with the latest in the fields of solar energy, water conservation, recycling programs, and much more. Not only is it a good idea for sustainability, it is also practical because the estate is far from civilization and gives another meaning to being off the grid.

While staying, guests enjoy the warmth and luxury of Bolu River Station. It is genuine care for their guests, not coercion or confusion. Every day there is a warm and sincere welcome, perhaps with a joke or a clever banter followed by frank: “Is there anything else I can have for you?” The exclusive nature of the stay means that you will get to know the staff and vice versa. All guided activities and all food, wine, and spirits are included in the price as well. There are only twelve, and you never feel overly busy since they rarely book more than eight rooms to ensure a high level of attention.

What guests will enjoy most at Bullo River Station is the range of experiences where guests can fully enjoy all that the area has to offer. Twice-day adventures include exploring the property by hiking through valleys, exploring caves with Aboriginal art, horseback riding, or boat excursions along the river. Helicopter tours are also available where guests can see waterfalls, rivers and the beauty of the land from above. Picnics are well planned and often include a stunning lunch or sunset with bubbles and appetizers at one of the countless picturesque spots as the sun sets across the river.

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Polo River Station was established by US Navy warrior and pilot Charles Henderson in 1963. It was a harsh life for his family and young daughters who defied the impossible boundary conditions and manner of isolation that crushed the soul at the time. Today, the house has been renovated and remodeled many times yet maintains the spirit of past generations in its rustic and elegant décor. The house is a joyful gathering place with a large open kitchen, help yourself in the fridges, and the sitting areas where mementos and antiques decorate the space along with books written by previous owners, describing their struggles for those wishing to delve deeper into an understanding of what life was like that time.

Numerous outdoor living spaces are located under a winding canopy with seating areas facing grassy plains and curly cows along with cows exiting. For dining, guests have two options; Under the canopy is where hearty breakfasts take place after early morning tours, a long table for gourmet dinners, and live chats with other guests.

Guest accommodations are located nearby, in a modern farmhouse, but forget to find any bunk and poster beds. A central corridor connects 12 rooms with several seating areas and a table as well as a common kitchenette with coffee, tea and fresh baked food as well as a home fridge full of beer wine and snacks. Every detail is decorated in luxurious Western décor with exceptional craftsmanship, with earthy tones, natural wood finishes, indigenous artwork, cowhide throw rugs and subtle rustic touches. Each room offers a comfortable king size bed or two single beds, has a shower, and French doors open onto the balcony with views of the property or the pool.

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Swimming pool is well designed too; Surrounded by rocky boulders, submerged seating areas, and whirlpools that invite guests who have wore the walkway to relax after a hot day around the station. The spacious swimming pool is surrounded by palm trees and lounge chairs under the trellises that overlook the grasslands and the landscape.

The dining experience is on par with five-star accommodations and is included in the price. The breakfast or “brekkie” is usually delicious after an early morning tour and is served on a long table under the balcony of the house. Lunch however you like but most afternoon tours are integrated.

The evening meal begins with pre-dinner cocktails as you like or Chardonnay wine and organic Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the best Australian wineries in Margaret River, Voyager, as mentioned, is owned by the same family. For dinner, the food is serious, but the setting is informal at a long table with other guests as the appetizers are an engaging conversation from interesting people. Gourmet meals are prepared by a team of talented chefs using sustainable and local ingredients, and many are sourced directly from the property. After dinner, guests usually retire to the nearby open fire pit for more conversation, more drinks, and perhaps roasted marshmallows for olden times.

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Bolu River Station offers an ideal outback experience. Each day is an adventure like the day that begins with an early rise at dawn with a four-wheel drive trip to the river, as the estuary pours fresh water into the salty stream. Your guide knows that this is where the prized Australian fighting fish, the barramundi, just after dawn congregate to forage, and where the chance to claim this athlete’s award is the best.

A guest will be guaranteed a great catch after a crew or two as this delicious fish fights, pulls and then jumps from the river as you roll your valuable catch to the shore. Your guide is here to help, as it brings your catch of up to three feet, 20 pounds. After taking a quick photo and measuring the bragging rights, your cup is returned to the river to live his life.

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On other days, after “brekkie”, the guests, full of anticipation, load in 4wd for a day away wrapped in exploration and discovery. They are on their way to cliffs and caves in search of indigenous art galleries that were created thousands of years ago. It’s the early morning when wildlife is most active and when emu, kangaroos, wallabies, snakes, and “fresh” or freshwater crocodiles can be spotted. Guides take guests through huge trees of domes on a hike up a mountain to a treasure most have never seen – caves filled with colorful ocher and white art from thousands of years ago. Not only is it beautiful to the eye, but it is also an insight into the ways and culture of indigenous people because this was more than just art for them, it was a way to teach the next generation about the evolution, history, and laws of their society.

After taking a walk in the sun, there is nothing more desirable than a cold dip to wash off road dust. The same is true after a week on horseback and the dusty path behind a feathered herd of cattle. So much so that 50 years ago, one of the rotating women as well as the owner of the station, Marley Henderson, came across an Eden-like watering hole complete with a refreshing cold stream and waterfall. Since then it has been called Marlee’s Bath and guests get it for themselves for a refreshing swim surrounded by lush landscapes, scattered birds and fortunately no crocodiles.

After a refreshing swim, guests head to an adorable barbecue under a concierge tree complete with roast chicken, salads and of course a cold beer or wine. There, while you are sitting, you look at your loved one, you two inevitably think and then guess in perfect harmony; It just doesn’t get much better than this.

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Polo River Station A chance to see an amazing part of Australia and savor another way of life. It’s the perfect combination of hospitality, accommodation and cooking while exploring nature and country life on a half-million-acre estate. Excursions to a hidden water hole, caves with Aboriginal art, barramundi fishing, and encounter with exotic wildlife make this – without a doubt – an epic vacation experience that stays with you long after unpacking back home.

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