48 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 • 90 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.

    [SPINNING YARNS] 47. Jaimie Jenkins - An unconventional pathway to the north

    [SPINNING YARNS] 47. Jaimie Jenkins - An unconventional pathway to the north

    Today’s episode was hands down one of my all-time favourites to record.
    In this episode, we’re going to hear from Jaimie Jenkins, who had some unbelievable experiences before she headed up north. I had absolutely no idea what direction this episode was going to go in, as you’l l hear from my genuine reactions throughout the episode, but I think you’ll agree that it’s an absolute cracker, and really demonstrates how everyone does have a story.
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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 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.

    • 56 min
    [SHORT STORY] 46. Macro and Micro Isolation - A bold contrast

    [SHORT STORY] 46. Macro and Micro Isolation - A bold contrast

    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/macro-and-micro-isolation-a-bold-contrast/ 
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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.

    • 10 min
    [SPINNING YARNS] 45. Becky Klingenberg - Champions are made when no one is watching

    [SPINNING YARNS] 45. Becky Klingenberg - Champions are made when no one is watching

    In todays episode, I’m sitting down with Becky Klingenberg – a well known Horse Trainer and Trick Rider in the Northern Territory.
    Becky is the definition of hustle. As you’ll hear in this episode, she doesn’t let anything stand in the way of her dreams, including living and working on remote cattle stations.
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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 9 min
    [SHORT STORY] 44. Has anyone got a copy - Part 3

    [SHORT STORY] 44. Has anyone got a copy - Part 3

    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/has-anyone-got-a-copy-part-three/ 
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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.

    • 9 min
    [TRAILER] 43. The Cattle Station Classroom Podcast

    [TRAILER] 43. The Cattle Station Classroom Podcast

    Have you ever wanted to know more about the northern beef industry?
    Traditional opportunities to learn about the industry include: university, TAFE, short courses, schools, and on-the-job training. For a number of reasons, whether it be time, money, and/or access, not everyone has the same learning opportunities.
    The Cattle Station Classroom podcast is a free platform where anyone can learn about different aspects of the Australian cattle station industry and ask questions.
    “Every station is different. Different country, cattle, and ways of doing things. Each station has different needs, which means we don’t always learn about the same things”, podcast host Steph Coombes said. “I know how easy it is to be too nervous to ask questions, and let’s be honest – sometimes we don’t even have anyone to ask. So whether you’re a station hand, or you work in any other part of the industry, I hope this podcast is an opportunity for people to be able to learn more, feel empowered and be more involved in our industry.”
    If there’s a topic you’d like to learn about, or a question you want answered, email admin@centralstation.net.au. This podcast is brought you by Central Station and hosted by Steph Coombes.
    You can find the podcast on the Apple Podcast app by clicking here, on the Spotify app by clicking here, and through your web browser by clicking here.

    • 4 min
    [SHORT STORY] 42. Has anyone got a copy - Part 2

    [SHORT STORY] 42. Has anyone got a copy - Part 2

    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/has-anyone-got-a-copy-part-two/ 
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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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

western blake ,

Great show

I look forward to listening to the different ppl and topics they do e every episode

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Love listening to the stories. Great podcast

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