A place where the outback meets the tropics…Welcome to Mount Bundy! It is the home of adventure, World War II history, and incredible vistas. And it is only an hour down the road from Darwin.
Outback Adventures and Historic Sites at Mount Bundy
Mount Bundy is only 3 kilometres out of Adelaide River, a tiny outback town on the Stuart Highway and along the ‘Explorers Way’. When you arrive into town you’re taken back in time with the old railway and farm machinery on display as a reminder of what this town was built on.
We turn left and just a kilometre up the road is the working cattle station that’s opened its gates to travellers, Mount Bundy Station. The red road is dotted with giant termite mounds and it’s front yard is home to horses and buffalo. The station was in fact one of the first pastoral leases in the Top End of Australia.
Owner’s Sue and Scott are one of the many farmers across our country that have turned their hand to tourism. And when they welcome you, it’s with that country charm and hospitality that makes you feel like an old friend dropping in for afternoon tea.
You can bring your caravan, pitch a tent, and even stay in the farmhouse that’s filled with outback cheer.
Scott takes us for a drive around the 30,000 acres. After being established in 1911, it’s had quite a history. It was even home to the American Navy during World War II. Walking around the property is like being in an open-air museum with remnants of war history everywhere.
We watched the sun set from Champagne Hill and, the next morning, took in an incredible sunrise with an early morning horse ride. We even glimpsed a croc at the billabong. Our four-year-old daughter Charli even rode a horse for the very first time under the tutelage of Sue and Scott’s daughter Beck.
But what left a lasting impression on me was the beautiful family dinner we all shared under the stars in the balmy evening. Talking about life on the land, and how once the red dust of the Northern Territory gets into your heart, it’s there forever.
If you’ve never been to Mount Bundy, you’re strongly encouraged to pay a visit! What’s your favourite Outback adventure?