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True stories from the Australian Outback, told by the people who live them.

Meet the men and women who live and work on some of Australia’s most remote cattle stations.

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 rodeo.

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.

These compelling true-life stories show what outback life is really like – and why many wouldn’t live anywhere else.

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    • 4.7 • 204 Ratings

True stories from the Australian Outback, told by the people who live them.

Meet the men and women who live and work on some of Australia’s most remote cattle stations.

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 rodeo.

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.

These compelling true-life stories show what outback life is really like – and why many wouldn’t live anywhere else.

    Wayne Bean (Part 3) - A change of career and time for horses

    Wayne Bean (Part 3) - A change of career and time for horses

    Wayne Bean spent his adult life working towards one goal - managing a cattle station. So, when he resigned from his job as the manager at Flora Valley Station after 14 years, for the first time in his life, he didn’t have a plan.

    This episode is the third and final part of our chat with Wayne, where he discusses how he navigated his first major career change at the age of 42.

    And, as many listeners have been patiently waiting for, we also discuss Wayne’s journey to becoming an accomplished horseman and campdraft competitor. From a time when he almost walked away from the sport, to how he approaches the mental side of competition, and his future goals, there is something we can all learn from Wayne in this episode.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Wayne Bean (Part 2) - The Heytesbury years

    Wayne Bean (Part 2) - The Heytesbury years

    This episode is part 2 of our chat with Wayne Bean – if you haven’t listened to Part 1, you know the drill, go on, go back and listen to it first.

    In this episode Wayne recalls the 18 years he spent working for Heytesbury Pastoral, where he progressed from an overseer on the Barkly, to junior manager in the Victoria River District, and finally, his goal of senior manager in the Kimberley. 

    Throughout those years he saw the end of BTEC, gained his pilots licence, and had a front row seat to the positive changes the Heytesbury Pastoral boss, Janet Holmes à Court, put in place – not least of all the introduction of paid positions for managers wives. 
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Wayne Bean (Part 1) - Just trying to get ahead

    Wayne Bean (Part 1) - Just trying to get ahead

    For the longest time, Wayne Bean just wanted to get ahead. To achieve his career goal of managing a cattle station, to have his own land, and the time to pursue his passion for horses.

    And, spoiler alert, he has, by all definitions, gotten ahead. After two decades of managing stations for Heytesbury Pastoral, these days he spends his time on his own property, breeding and training horses for the sport of campdrafting, (of which he is a formidable competitor).

    So, when you see him, it’s easy to focus on the flash horse trailer, beautiful horses, and impressive scores in the campdraft arena.

    What you don’t see is the 30 plus years of hard work, patience and sacrifice Wayne has put in alongside his wife, Rachel, to get to where he is today.

    This episode is Part 1 of our chat with Wayne – where he shares stories from the early years of being a stockman with a young family, just trying to get ahead in life.
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    • 48 min
    Willie Cook (Part 2) - Filming "Outback Ringer", and facing an uncertain future head on

    Willie Cook (Part 2) - Filming "Outback Ringer", and facing an uncertain future head on

    This is Part 2 of our chat with Willie Cook. If you haven’t listened to Part 1, go back and listen to it first – trust me – you don’t want to listen to these episodes back to front – and yes, I know some of you do that…

    In this episode, Willie shares what it was really like being filmed for the tv series Outback Ringer, and what he thought about the final product.

    He also speaks candidly about the challenges he faced in 2023, and how its impacted his plans for 2024.
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    • 45 min
    Willie Cook - Catching Wild Bulls & Water Buffalo 101

    Willie Cook - Catching Wild Bulls & Water Buffalo 101

    Willie Cook is known for being the bull-catching, helicopter-flying Kiwi from the ABC tv series “Outback Ringer”.

    He first came on the podcast in 2022, when he shared the incredible story of how the 2008 Global Financial Crisis saw his family lose absolutely everything they had, resulting in moving to Australia for a fresh start.

    I caught up with Willie in late 2023, and we yarned for so long that I had to split our chat into 2 parts.

    In this part, Willie gives us a lesson on catching wild bulls and water buffalo – the logistics, the technique and the psychology involved

    In Part 2, Willies shares stories from his time being filmed for the television series “Outback Ringer”. He also speaks candidly about the challenges he faced in 2023, and what he’s got planned for 2024.
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    • 52 min
    Toni Tapp Coutts - Bill Tapp, The Cattle King

    Toni Tapp Coutts - Bill Tapp, The Cattle King

    Bill Tapp wanted to be the next Cattle King of Australia, and for a time he was.

    In this episode, Toni Tapp Coutts shares the story of a man who was a pioneer, a visionary, a dreamer. A man who turned Killarney Station from a bare block to one of several thriving cattle properties.

    But, as his empire grew, so did Bill’s battle with alcoholism. While the empire he worked so hard to build would eventually crumble, his legacy remains strong.
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    • 50 min

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204 Ratings

204 Ratings

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Marieke Hoelscher ,

Entertaining and super informative!

Thanks Steph for your super informative and entertaining podcasts, all the guests are so so interesting, love hearing about the history of cattle stations in Australia and the amazing lifestyle people lead😍 I never miss an episode☺️

Drewson.au ,

In a word “WONDERFUL”

What a great service this is. Enjoy listening to episodes whilst out on walks etc. The people interviewed are so generous with their time and content. Steph is such an empathic person she is so easy to listen to. Keep ‘em coming!

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