Like most farmers we love visiting other farms, particularly those that are so different to our everyday. So whilst we were in central Queensland Shandonvale Station gave us the opportunity to experience a taste of outback station life.
And what a unique experience it was.
Spending the night in the beautifully restored 100 year old shearers quarters was unforgettable.
The 15,000 acre station is remote.
At the moment the station has 3,000 dorper sheep and use donkeys to protect them from wild dogs.
Lambing in a drought can be tough. They were bottle rearing 28 lambs when we were there. This little guy we picked up when out checking the water troughs.
Camels are used as a natural way to combat Prickly Acacia, a weed that was taking over.
Being remote the owners need to be as self-sufficient as possible. Duck is sometimes on the menu.
A beautiful reprieve from the somewhat harsh environment.
And time to sit back and enjoy. What’s not to love!
It sounds, and looks, wonderful. And the lamb is a total cutie.ReplyDelete
I am wondering how far they are from shopping...just for necessary things...and how often do they get their mail. All kinds of questions.ReplyDelete
In terms of some Australian stations it is not real remote but is still about 150kms to town. Where it does become isolating is in the wet season (summer months). Roads are impassable after rain so people can be isolated for weeks. You need to be well stocked up with necessities.Delete
Very interesting about camels keeping down Prickly Acacia. I am of the opinion that wild camels should be eliminated from our country, but maybe they do have a reason for being here. Just lovely photos.ReplyDelete
I was surprised to see the camels too but when you find out why it does make sense. The station owners are aiming for organic status so camels provide that natural way of combating a weed.Delete
Beautiful country, and the little lamb is cute!ReplyDelete
gorgeous pics.......loving your holiday.........ReplyDelete
Beautiful scenes.I personally don't like the idea of remoteness,but in farming that is often how it is.ReplyDelete
I love the shot with the wine glasses. But then I like them all. I really like the style of the outback station. I halfway expect Mitchum and Deborah Kerr to pop out. (The Sundowners)ReplyDelete
Love all these photos and that last one looks good to me for the end of the day. Cheers DianeReplyDelete
Wonderful photographs of your stay.ReplyDelete
Sadly the outlook for rain for them is not great. If only we could have harnessed all Debbie's deluges.
That sure is remote but what a beautiful place it is. Wonderful pictures.ReplyDelete
It looks like you had a great time. Gorgeous captures. I think this is close to my neck of woods when I lived and worked out there. Our closest town was Aramac but it was nothing for us to do the 4hrs to Longreach or 3.5hrs to Charters Towers for the shopping, school, doctors or other things. It is pretty dry out there at the moment, I am guessing.ReplyDelete
Yes, not far out of Aramac at all actually! It is very dry out that way. They had really good rains in Spring and nothing since.Delete
I am really enjoying your trip and learning more about the country. Although I've travelled the outback in WA this is new to me because my experience of the East is confined to a few hundred ks from Sydney into the Blue Mountains area. Coincidentally camels seem to feature a lot at the moment. I heard a day or so ago that the population of Australian camels had been culled enormously.ReplyDelete
I must say that I didn't expect to see the camels in your photos! It sounds like the owners are using camels like some people use goats around here to keep down the weeds. And what a cute little lamb!ReplyDelete