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!