stock yards on the cattle station

Three Months On A Cattle Station

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Finding A Cattle Station Job

For our first 6 months we traveled enjoying the freedom our savings brought. Staying at great free camps and doing a few farm sits helped extend this.

At the end of May, although we had some savings left we thought it best to look for work. We still wanted to have some savings in the bank.

Larry applied for cattle station positions online at The Job Shop and on Gumtree. Receiving multiple phone calls for different jobs in various places. He chose a job that included water technician/bore runner and mechanic.

Larry had always wanted to work on a cattle station so this job has given him the chance.

 880,000 Acre Cattle Station

Over the last three months we have been living on a 880,000 acres cattle station. Which runs 10,500 head of cattle. Driving to the mail box takes 10 minutes. Although we only have to do this once a week as that’s how often we get mail delivered.

The nearest town is 140km away, a long way to drive if you forget something.

Part of Larry's job is to make sure the cattle have water. He drives around 250km on each bore run. Checking water, pumps and pipelines.

If he sees dead cattle or roos he has the task of removing them, not a pretty job. But then neither is the mud and manure he gets to stand in to clean out the troughs 😉

As he is the kind of guy that likes to get in and do what ever is needed, he's happy. A bit of muck never hurt anyone and he has some good yet gross stories to tell.

The Homestead 

This is an older cattle station and it has an amazing homestead. Unfortunately it is dilapidated so no one lives in it. One day they will restore it to its former glory. Walking around inside is like stepping back in time.

Apart from the homestead the red dust is the main feature around here. Both classic Australian and I love it!

Living On The Station

We set up our van so we can see the sunset each night. Parking in a place we can hook up to power is a luxury we like. Water is bore water. This means we fill our tanks manually with slightly better filtered water.

A new 70,000 litre a day reverse osmosis plant is being installed. As the bore runner and water technician Larry has a great interest. It's a lot smaller then the 1,000,000 litre a day plant he last worked with.

I love that we have animals literally at our door. Cows, chickens, sheep, emu and goanna regularly wander by. The chicken hangs around more than the others. I think we have become friends. I feel it may only want me for my food though 😉

Many variety of birds can be found in trees and troughs. From eagles to tiny bright green flocks of birds. The property also has horse's, pigs and goats.

There is so much land around us yet all that pass (and I mean all)  seem to poop outside the van. Thankful its only the chicken that shares its droppings on our mat. Hmmm... Maybe were not friends after all 🙁

A lot of different work is going on here at the moment. Mustering has just ended so the jackaroos and jillaroos have gone. Larry had a few new experiences helping out. New tanks and fences are going up so more contractors are also here.

The mustering and the contractors have given me the opportunity to help out a little. Making beds, cleaning, gardening and a bit of cooking. Not as out and about on the station as Larry but good to be doing something 😀

Hitting The Road Again

In a couple of weeks it will be time to get back on the road. We have loved our time here and will look at station jobs in the future.

Now we have a great opportunity in Queensland so we will be heading back there. It will be great to check out new free camps along the way. Of course we will continue to share them with you. The plan is to head up Western Australia to NT and across. That’s about as far as we have planned 🙂

Larry has written Working on a cattle station (See here) from his perspective now that we are settled back on the road.

stock yards on the cattle station

If you have any questions that we might be able to answer or talk about in his future post please leave a comment below 😀

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    • Helen
    • September 8, 2017

    Sounds amazing ..now all I need is a handy man husband

      • Sue
      • September 8, 2017

      Hi Helen,
      Having a handy husband is great but if you don’t have one you have alternatives. Have you checked out the link to our “how to find work while you travel” post? it’s at the end of this post.
      Maybe you could look at Governess Australia, Rural and Remote Cooks, farm siting or fruit picking.

  1. What an awesome experience. Looking forward to seeing what kind of work we can find along the way.

    • Lynne Czender
    • September 9, 2017

    It is an awesome opportunity you’ve had !
    We are teachers from Sydney who left to travel and work in June 2014. Didn’t get very far. Have been working as Home Tutors in outback/remote Qld ever since. First property, Durham Downs Station, was 2.3million acres, 100kms in any direction to the property border, and 320kms to the nearest town to a shop.
    Great experiences!

      • Sue
      • September 9, 2017

      Hi Lynne,
      You have obviously found jobs in a area you love. With your occupation you will always find work, where ever you go.
      Your right it is a great experience. We have always loved remoteness and the outback. WA has been great we are looking forward to heading through remote Qld though 🙂

    • Cherie
    • September 10, 2017

    I think a minimum 3mth stint on a remote station for retired sports stars would help ground them.
    After years of stardom, people worshipping them, living the high life, they loose their sense of reality, no wonder they run into lifestyle tragedies with alcohol, drug & relationship abuses.
    To be remote, disconected from technology and a superficial world, taking nothing for granted, helping others, hard physical dirty work to achieve an outcome that makes a difference to all involved.

      • Sue
      • September 11, 2017

      Hi Cherie,
      Retired sports start is a very specific group of people. As with the rest of the people in the world, everyone is different. We can not judge everyone in a specific group the same.

      I do agree with your last paragraph. Many people would benefit as you say … “To be remote, disconnected from technology and a superficial world, taking nothing for granted, helping others, hard physical dirty work to achieve an outcome that makes a difference to all involved”

    • Ric
    • September 11, 2017

    Great story, station life is great. Take care out on the road look forward to reading your next update

      • Sue
      • September 11, 2017

      Cheers Ric,
      We appreciate that. If your on the road, same to you.

    • Cheryl Smit
    • September 18, 2017

    Thank you, enjoying your posts.

      • Sue
      • September 18, 2017

      Thanks Cheryl, we appreciate your comment 😀

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