31 episodes

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.

Central Station - Stories from Outback Australian Cattle Stations Central Station

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.8, 60 Ratings

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.

    [SHORT STORY] 30. Not better, not worse, just different

    [SHORT STORY] 30. Not better, not worse, just different

    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/not-better-not-worse-just-different/ 
     
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    This podcast series is sponsored by the legends at Pioneer Water Tanks. Designed for Australia’s harsh and demanding conditions, Pioneer Water Tanks are manufactured using strong and durable, fully recyclable 100% Australian Zincalume® or Colorbond® steel. Their range of tanks are available from 12,000 to 500,000 litres in our standard range or can be custom built up to 3.0 million litres. To protect your valuable water assets and access it where and when you need it, insist on Pioneer Water Tanks – available Australia wide.

    • 13 min
    [SPINNING YARNS] 29. Caitlin Mills - Starting out in the Pilbara, and a brush with the RFDS

    [SPINNING YARNS] 29. Caitlin Mills - Starting out in the Pilbara, and a brush with the RFDS

    Caitlin Mills has spent the past decade working on cattle stations in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia.
    In this episode we chat about Caitlin's early days in the Pilbara, the different versions of how she supposedly met her future husband, and the day she had to call the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
    This podcast series is sponsored by the legends at Pioneer Water Tanks. Designed for Australia’s harsh and demanding conditions, Pioneer Water Tanks are manufactured using strong and durable, fully recyclable 100% Australian Zincalume® or Colorbond® steel. Their range of tanks are available from 12,000 to 250,000 litres in our standard range or can be custom built up to 2.6 million litres. To protect your valuable water assets and access it where and when you need it, insist on Pioneer Water Tanks - available Australia wide.
    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.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    [SHORT STORY] 28. The incident

    [SHORT STORY] 28. The incident

    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/the-incident/ 
    Narrated by: Hugo Rickard-Bell
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    This podcast series is sponsored by the legends at Pioneer Water Tanks. Designed for Australia’s harsh and demanding conditions, Pioneer Water Tanks are manufactured using strong and durable, fully recyclable 100% Australian Zincalume® or Colorbond® steel. Their range of tanks are available from 12,000 to 500,000 litres in our standard range or can be custom built up to 3.0 million litres. To protect your valuable water assets and access it where and when you need it, insist on Pioneer Water Tanks – available Australia wide.

    • 12 min
    [SPINNING YARNS] 27. Danielle Doyle – The adventures of Miss Chardy from Mittiebah Station

    [SPINNING YARNS] 27. Danielle Doyle – The adventures of Miss Chardy from Mittiebah Station

    Danielle Doyle has become an iconic character of outback Australia over the past 7 years through her insightful (and hilarious) blog and "Miss Chardy".
    Labelled by her husband as an "indoor cat", Dan Doyle is not your typical cattle station manager’s wife. She doesn’t ride horses, and you won’t catch her out on a muster or in the cattle yards.
    She’s unapologetically authentic and has built a family and life she loves in the middle of “bum-truck-nowhere” despite not "fitting in".
    In this episode Dan and Steph have a yarn about Dan’s experience of marching to the beat of her own drum, and the launch of the “most effed cookbook ever”.  
    Want to hear more from Dan? Head on over to the "Wild Spark" podcast to follow her adventures and have a good laugh.
    This podcast series is sponsored by the legends at Pioneer Water Tanks. Designed for Australia’s harsh and demanding conditions, Pioneer Water Tanks are manufactured using strong and durable, fully recyclable 100% Australian Zincalume® or Colorbond® steel. Their range of tanks are available from 12,000 to 250,000 litres in our standard range or can be custom built up to 2.6 million litres. To protect your valuable water assets and access it where and when you need it, insist on Pioneer Water Tanks - available Australia wide.
    Central Station is supported by ThinkWater Broome, your local water experts for irrigation projects big and small. Their fully stocked retail store sells the latest irrigation products, including fittings, pipe, filtration and solar supplies. Covering the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia, their knowledgeable and passionate team are experts in the design and implementation of the most water efficient irrigation and water management programs across all sectors.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    [SHORT STORY] 26. Things I miss about northern Australia

    [SHORT STORY] 26. Things I miss about northern Australia

    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/things-i-miss-about-northern-australia-and-some-things-i-dont/ 
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    May 8 is DO IT FOR DOLLY DAY. 
    Do it for Dolly Day is about bringing the community together to celebrate kindness and unite in taking a stand against bullying.

    This Do it For Dolly Day, we’re asking people to spread the Dolly’s Dream message by wearing blue and posting on your social media using #DoItForDollyDay.
    Learn more at www.dollysdream.org.au 
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    This podcast series is sponsored by the legends at Pioneer Water Tanks. Designed for Australia’s harsh and demanding conditions, Pioneer Water Tanks are manufactured using strong and durable, fully recyclable 100% Australian Zincalume® or Colorbond® steel. Their range of tanks are available from 12,000 to 500,000 litres in our standard range or can be custom built up to 3.0 million litres. To protect your valuable water assets and access it where and when you need it, insist on Pioneer Water Tanks – available Australia wide.
     

    • 8 min
    [SPINNING YARNS] 25. Anthony McNamara - The Ringer with a reputation

    [SPINNING YARNS] 25. Anthony McNamara - The Ringer with a reputation

    Imagine this: you're fresh out of high school in the city, and you manage to land a job on Newcastle Waters - one of the largest and most prestigious cattle stations in Australia. But... you don't know where it is, or what even happens on a cattle station. You've definitely got no experience. Well, that's ok, because there's a two week induction training at the rural college in Katherine before you start work. So, sure - you're already a little bit on the back foot, being the city kid with no experience - but nothing that can't be overcome.
    However, by the time you get off the bus from the rural college to the station, you've managed to get yourself a court date in town in a couple of weeks. Now, you have to tell the station manager - a man you've never met before.
    This story could have turned out so different, and we are so proud to be able to share it with you.
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    This podcast series is sponsored by the legends at Pioneer Water Tanks. Designed for Australia’s harsh and demanding conditions, Pioneer Water Tanks are manufactured using strong and durable, fully recyclable 100% Australian Zincalume® or Colorbond® steel. Their range of tanks are available from 12,000 to 500,000 litres in our standard range or can be custom built up to 3.0 million litres. To protect your valuable water assets and access it where and when you need it, insist on Pioneer Water Tanks – available Australia wide.
    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.

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Flaymm ,

Jillaroo Memories

Really enjoyed the very short story telling on #26. The little snippets allowed us to see, in our minds, what she saw and felt. Thank you for sharing

pilbarapip ,

Great podcast about the pastoral industry!

Great podcast, love hearing from the different people that make up this wonderful industry! Keep up the good work Steph

Wjodie ,

The perfect balance

I have just finished listening to episode 12 where the host interviewed Dolly’s Dream co-founder, Kate Everett.

I laughed and I cried with both sadness and happiness.

I found the interview to be the perfect balance between inspirational and motivational while being 100% relatable. I take my hat off to both women, Kate (the interviewee) and Steph (the interviewer) - strong women from northern Australia.

#bekind #speakevenifyourvoiceshakes

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