Mt Bundy Station Frequently Asked Questions
We love for you to have a good time at Mt Bundy Station but for everyone’s comfort, there are a few house rules.
What are reception opening hours?
The office is open from 8.30 am to 5:30 pm unless there is a note on the door saying otherwise. If arriving after 5:30 pm – Check-in at the Cheeky Bull Bar is available when it is open. We supply milk, cool drinks, and Bag Ice.
Is there any Wi-Fi at Mt Bundy?
Sorry, no public WI-FI. You will have to talk to each other. Telstra coverage is available.
What time is checkout?
Checkout is strictly 10.30am unless arranged with management. This applies to campsites as well. We may have guests setting up on top of you otherwise. An additional fee will be charged if you do not check out by 11.00 am.
Do you offer a child’s rate?
Children are charged at adult rates, unless under 2 years old. Our minimum check-in age for accommodation is 18 years of age.
Do you offer handicapped accommodation?
Mt Bundy Station does not provide wheelchair access to any accommodation, due to stair access to all accommodation.
Can we bring our dogs?
Sorry, absolutely no dogs allowed in any of the houses or accommodation! Large Cleaning Fees will apply! And yes, we will find out!!! Pets are considered if kept outside and with management’s acceptance only. Strict conditions apply and are entirely at the pet owner’s risk.
Can I smoke at the accommodation?
Absolutely no smoking allowed in the buildings. Take note of the Terms and Conditions supplied with your booking.
Is there a noise level curfew?
Yes, please be respectful of other guests, quiet time strictly 10:30 pm. That means all music and loud voices off, please. You can expect a visit from the 6ft 6in owner ☺ (The 5ft 4in is the final straw) Weddings may have a pre-arranged later curfew.
Do you have any laundry facilities?
Yes, we have one Washing Machine located near the bar, very reasonably priced …put your money in the letterbox provided! $4 a load. Please don’t overload.
Do you offer any food or drinks at Mt Bundy Station?
“The Cheeky Bull” our outback bar is open from 6 pm til’ later Friday and Saturday only! **Pizza available from 6 pm- 8:30 pm** No Shirt – No shoes – No service
Please note BYO ALCOHOL is STRICTLY NOT PERMITTED in the LICENCED BAR AND CAMPFIRE AREA and NO ALCOHOL CAN BE TAKEN OUT OF THE LICENCED AREA.
Children U/18yrs must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please take note of dog-free and smoke-free zones in the bar. All dogs attending the licensed area are to be on the lead and well behaved at all times.
*Opening and closing times may vary depending on Private events and Wet Season*
Are there any food options nearby for when the Cheeky Bull Bar is closed?
Food, Alcohol, Fuel, Gas, Mechanic, Medical, and Postal services are all available in Adelaide River only 3km from Mt Bundy Station.
Adelaide River Inn has great pub meals, restaurants – open every day from 7 am – 8:30 pm. Puma and BP Fuel stations have Breakfast and Dinner takeaway menus and are open from 4:30 am until late. The General Store has light meals and grocery supplies too. The Adelaide River Markets run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays during the dry season only (end Sept) and are full of local products.
Is there anywhere we can go swimming during our stay?
We have a swimming pool on site which overlooks our paddock of animals, perfect for a relaxing cooldown. You can also try Robin Falls which is approx. a 15-minute drive along Dorat Rd, the cascading waterfalls can be viewed following a short walk along a scenic bush track.
Up for a day trip? Litchfield National Park is located within a 45 minutes drive from Adelaide River, offering a whole day to explore all that the park has to offer. Also, located 1-hour drive from Adelaide River is the Douglas Daly Hot Springs, which offers the perfect place to swim come the winter months of the year.
What are the pool rules?
…if you have noticed is not fenced! (This doesn’t mean you can park your car on the lawn.) Yes, this is legal, we also have an unfenced river with crocodiles! Strictly no dogs allowed in the pool. No glass to be taken to the pool area. Please keep an eye on your children, they must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Be respectful of other guests who also would like a quiet swim. NO jumping or bommies. The pool is open from 7 am to 10:30 pm only.
What about Adelaide River? Can we go swimming in the river?
No!! Our River and Billabongs have FRESH and SALTWATER crocs in them! The 150km long Adelaide River has a population of at least 6000 + saltwater crocodiles. PS. They love dogs! Please don’t harm our crocs, they are a protected species. Do not swim in random rivers, creeks, and waterholes in the Top End. Watch for signage. Public swimming areas are signed as such.
Is it safe to fish in the Adelaide River?
Be Croc Aware. If you be smart and croc safe you will be fine to go fishing in the Adelaide River.
Can we pet the animals?
Yes, when they come to the fence. Do not enter the paddocks unless you can cross it in 9 seconds because the Buffalo Bulls, “Regina” the Pig, and “Murray “the Brahman bull can do it in 10 seconds! Keep safe behind the fence! Just like coconuts, the Indonesian Swamp Buffalo injures more people every year in the Top End than crocodiles do…. do not tease them.
I heard Mt Bundy has a special history and there are historic sites to see?
The first lessees of Mt Bundy Station were brothers Frank and Hubert Fred Hardy, colourful and infamous Buffalo hunters. The property was abundant with wild buffalo that had bred upon the floodplains of the Adelaide River and Mary River. Hardy led a tough life hunting buffalo on horseback with a team of aboriginal stockmen and women and processed the buffalo for the lucrative hide market in Europe. Fred Hardy was tragically killed in a horse race on the property in 1940 at the age of 59yrs. He is buried on the hill overlooking his beloved Mt Bundy Station. You can visit his gravesite.
The bombing of Darwin in 1942 by the Japanese saw a military change to the property as the forces withdrew to Adelaide River as the frontline of defense during WWII. The American Navy developed a signaling site to warn of incoming submarines and the Australians and Americans based their air force at Mt Bundy Station with numerous hidden airfields repairing the damaged bombers. Remnants of this war history remain and can be viewed on the property.
The 1960s to 1990s saw American company WR GRACE and Co introduce Brahman Cattle and Quarter Horses, in the late ’60s. The Americans built all the buildings here today except the BAR Shed which was pre-American probably the 1940’s. The property supported 38 staff and families in the ’70s and ’80s. The accommodation we offer today was originally the Managers house, Cook’s cottage, and the single man’s Stockman’s Quarters. The big house you see on the hill was the big boss’s house when he visited from America.
Can we fly our drone around the property?
Flying your drone is not permitted on our property without permission from management. We, our animals and our guests do not always appreciate the intrusion of privacy.
Yes… we own a shotgun.
What cancellation policies do you have?
All modifications at any time to confirmed bookings incur a $25 fee. If you cancel between 3-1 month prior to your arrival date a $25 cancellation fee will be incurred. If you cancel within 30 days of your arrival date a 50% cancellation fee of the booking total will be incurred. If you cancel less than 7 days prior to your arrival date 100% of the booking total will be incurred.
No cancellations or modifications are accepted on the day of arrival or after check-in. You will be charged the total of the reserved stay under all circumstances. Written notification must be provided for all cancellations or modifications, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I pay for our accommodation?
Mt Bundy Station accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Electronic Transfers (EFT). We do not accept Diners Club or American Express cards. If paying by EFT please arrange for the funds to be transferred 7 days prior to arrival. A valid credit card is required for security at check-in.
Full payment is required at the time of booking. If payment is not received by the due date, Mt Bundy Station reserves the right to cancel the booking.
In case of an emergency, who should we call?
If you need to contact management after hours, please call or message……. 0447 738 006 this will divert to the manager on call. In case of EMERGENCY, the ASSEMBLY POINT IS LOCATED outside THE OFFICE.
Police 000 or 112 Adelaide River Police 89 767042.
Doctor/Adelaide River Health Clinic Ph. 89767027 including emergency A/Hours. Fire 000 or 89767042
VEHICLE REPAIRS AND TOWING A.R Auto Port (BP FUEL) ph. 89767046
Do you require bookings for camping?
As we only open our campsites on NT Public holidays and NT School holidays only, BOOKINGS are ESSENTIAL. Campsites closed from 31st Oct – 1st April. Any add-on guests or visitors must check-in at the office.
What time is checkout for campers?
Just like our accommodation checkout is a strict 10:30 am.
Can we have a fire?
Small ground fires are allowed in the Unpowered section. Small BYO above-ground firepits is ok in the Powered section. You cannot build a fire pit at your site. BYO wood.
Be considerate of other nearby campers with your smoke wafting into their tent. Please put out your fires on departure. Complete fire bans are enforced at times during the dry season. Fines do apply from local authorities. Please ask if you are not sure of the risk.
You have lots of animals around Mt Bundy Station, will they come into our area?
Keep your food elevated or packed away at night to avoid the wildlife pinching it. Close your tents to avoid unwanted wildlife moving in. Do not camp near the water’s edge along the river. Be Croc Wise.