Meet the men and women who live and work on some of Australia’s most remote cattle stations, as they share their stories.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like living a day’s drive from the nearest supermarket? Or having a million-acre backyard, with your next-door neighbours a two-hour drive away?
These compelling true-life stories from the popular Central Station blog will open your eyes to what outback life is really like – and why many wouldn’t live anywhere else. There are yarns from bosses, station cooks, ringers, single mums, kids, governesses, chopper pilots and more, told with humour, self-deprecation – and pride in a job well done. There are tales of mustering, stock camps, working dogs, rogue cattle and hard bloody yakka, but also the fun of a bush wedding or kicking back at a campdraft. There’s the simple wonder of living in an amazing landscape, but also the downside: the ravages of flood, fire and drought. And always there’s the inherent danger of isolation – times when the Flying Doctor came to the rescue, but also times when lives have been tragically cut short.
A vivid, honest picture of outback life: the good, the bad – and the dusty!
About the website
Central Station is a popular blog started by Jane Sale of Yougawalla Station in the Kimberley, WA, with the aim of sharing the realities of a way of life in the outback when your livelihood is dependent not only on the vagaries of the weather but also of the export market. Every month the blog (edited by Steph Coombes) is hosted by a different cattle station, and everyone on the property, from the owners or managers to the kids and the staff, pitches in to post.
[SPINNING YARNS] 75. Abbro Woolnough - Ringer to Park Ranger, and back again
Abbro Woolnough was born a 6th generation dairy farmer on the NSW north central coast. However, despite being surrounded by dairy cattle, he developed a passion for the beef industry. After his initial career plans didn’t work out, he moved to Mt Riddock Station in Central Australia as a jackeroo.
But, that’s not the end of Abbro’s story. He then went on to work as a park ranger across Australia, swapping cattle for crocs and endangered marsuipials.
In this episode Abbro shares insights into his story so far, and why he chose to come back to the station.
The team you know and love from Landmark Broome are now operating as Northern Rural Supplies. Its business as usual with the same team, same phone number and same location - the only thing they’ve changed is the colour of their shirts (which is blue, if you were wondering!) Northern Rural Supplies proudly service the Kimberley and Pilbara regions specializing in livestock sales, real estate, animal health and management, fencing, fertilizer, water and all other requirements. They stock your everyday needs to feed your dogs, cats, horses, chooks, camels and even goats. The whole team is based in Broome so make sure you give them a call for all of your agricultural and semi-rural needs.
[SPINNING YARNS] 73. Campbell Duff - Time to grow up
Campbell Duff came to the Northern Territory thinking he knew it all and was ready to take on the world.
Today, he is a completely different person. In this episode we speak about what prompted him to grow up from an overly confident teenager to a settled young man who has been given the responsibility of being head stockman on one of the Territorys most iconic cattle stations.
This episode is supported by Direct Drilling. Direct Drilling is a locally owned family drilling company based in Kununurra, servicing the Kimberley and Northern Territory. All Drillers are nationally licensed with the Australian Drilling Industry Association ensuring best practice, the protection of water resources, and guaranteeing the life of the bore. Find out more at directdrill.com.au
[SPINNING YARNS] 72. Rebecca Cadzow - The decision to downsize
With two cattle stations in the Northern Territory, a cattle property in Queensland, and a helicopter business, Rebecca and Steven Cadzow were in the perfect position to continue expanding their business interests and develop a pastoral empire that so many dream of.
But, instead they made the decision to downsize to just one cattle station.
In this episode Rebecca discusses their decision, the concept of a “Life Audit” and the impact their choices have had on their life, family, and business.
We're celebrating the launch of the TX6600S UHF Radio!
As an Australian Owned and Operated business, GME openly embraces Australian manufacturing and is proud to release the only Australian Made handheld UHF CB radio, the TX6600S.
The TX6600S underwent all stages of its development at the GME head office in Western Sydney. This included Industrial Design and Development through to Product Assembly, Testing, onsite Warehousing and National Distribution. By completing this all in Australia it ensures that GME can bring products to market faster than those that rely on importing goods from overseas. These internal measures also enable GME to ensure the TX6600S and other products are manufactured to the highest quality. GME products are brought to market through stringent in-house quality assurance practices and backed by an ISO 9001 Manufacturing Accreditation to ensure product reliability and to uphold the quality that GME is renowned for.
Like all GME products the TX6600S is built tough like the Australian Outback and comes with a rugged IP67 ingress-protection rating to ensure exceptional performance and years of reliable use in the harshest working environments. It was designed to suit a wide range of demanding commercial applications from agriculture to construction, mining, councils, and countless other industries that require stable and dependable communication to get the job done safely and efficiently.
So remember, Wherever life takes you. Take GME.
[SHORT STORY] 71. Hard choices - lessons from a little cat
Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves.
Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/lessons-from-a-little-cat/
Todays episode is supported by Dunnings Fuel. Dunning’s operate their fleet of trucks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and on a daily basis Dunning’s have trucks operating across Western Australia - Dunning's keeps the whole state running.
[SPINNING YARNS] 70. Helen Kempe - The life of "Miss Helen"
Helen Kempe was born on Macumba Station in 1950, as the fourth generation of her family to be involved in the S Kidman and Co Pastoral empire.
At the age of 16 Helen moved to the Northern Territory and to this day she has never left.
Everyone knows Miss Helen, and Miss Helen knows everyone. She is a true treasure of the Territory, and in this episode she shares yarns from the early days when her family started working for Sidney Kidman to where she is today – and what she has seen and learnt over the past seven decades.
LIVEXchange is THE major event for the livestock export industry, and it’s being held this year in Darwin on the 10th and 11th of November. Open to all members of the supply chain, the conference program features thought-provoking and informative speakers, trade exhibits and social events. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about live exports - and registrations are now open. Visit www.LIVEXchange.com.au to get your tickets.
[SPINNING YARNS] 69. Mitch Scott - It's now or never
What would you do if you knew your life was going to change irrevocably, and there was nothing you could do to stop it?
That’s the predicament Mitch Scott found himself in when he was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome –a rare genetic disorder primarily characterized by deafness and a progressive loss of vision.
In this episode, Mitch speaks about his diagnosis, and the decision to leave the life he had planned behind to head north and work on outback cattle stations.
This episode is sponsored by Red Range Stock Supplements - a locally owned family run business based in Kununurra, Western Australia and servicing the whole North West. They offer a range of custom blended supplements for cattle and horses tailored specifically to your individual requirements. For more information or to discuss your supplement needs please visit redrangestocksupplements.com.au
A Great honest listen.
I love hearing all the raw, honest and funny stories of life on the land. I started reading your stories from day dot but are loving the podcasts. The stories get me through my mountain of ironing and endless hours of waiting for kids at sport training.
I look forward to listening to the different ppl and topics they do e every episode
Love listening to the stories. Great podcast