158 episodes

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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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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    10 lessons learnt from living in remote parts of Australia

    10 lessons learnt from living in remote parts of Australia

    This episode is titled “10 life lessons learnt from living remotely”, and while the author wrote it about their time living on a remote cattle station, we think that after living similar kind of isolation during COVID, all of us can relate to this episode!
    The first time Meg lived on a cattle station when she was 18. She didn't work on another station until 10 years later - and realised she saw things quite differently as a 28 year old.
    In this episode Meg discusses some of the important things she has learnt over the years living remote which may help people that have been remote for a while, people looking to make the move to remote parts of Australia, or anyone who’s been through a lockdown during COVID-19.
    Ironically we recorded this episode just weeks before COVID-19 hit!

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ashley Dowden - Triumph after tragedy

    Ashley Dowden - Triumph after tragedy

    One moment can change your entire life.
    Ashley Dowden learnt that lesson at age 11, when he survived an accident that claimed his mothers life and left his father with one arm.
    Ashley’s childhood was cut short as he stepped up to support his father in running the family sheep station. 
    In the 4 decades since, Ashley has continued to face his share of challenges, but his commitment to the family property has never wavered.
    In this episode Ashley shares parts of his journey, and we explore how his deep love of the land he calls home has allowed him to not just persevere through the hard times, but build a life full of joy and love.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Evan Casey - Learning outside the classroom

    Evan Casey - Learning outside the classroom

    Graduating high-school is possibly the greatest pressure faced by young Australians. It's an un-challenged belief that without achieving this milestone you'll be stuck in a dead-end job with no career prospects.
    But, did you know that the education system hasn't undergone significant changes since before the industrial revolution? We know that everyone learns differently, and there's different ways to demonstrate knowledge - but our education system is incredibly rigid. If you cant sit in a classroom for 8 hours and demonstrate your knowledge through essays and exams, then... well.... bad luck.
    In today's episode we hear the story of Evan Casey, who, after leaving high school in year 11, has gone on to build an incredible life and career, filled with opportunities and experiences that many of us dream about.
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Libby Finlayson - Rebuilding after a shock divorce

    Libby Finlayson - Rebuilding after a shock divorce

    Of all the jobs Libby Finlayson imagined herself doing, "Divorce coach" was not on the list.
    Growing up on a sheep station in the isolated Goldfields region of Western Australia, Libby developed an affinity for horses, livestock, and all things to do with the bush. It's no surprise that she ended up running a farming business with her husband and young family.
    But, sometimes life has other plans.
    "I want a divorce". Those four words spoken by her husband changed Libby's life irrevocably, and in this episode we are truly privileged to hear Libby speak about it with such candor.
    We explore the differences between urban and rural divorces, how Libby's upbringing influenced her recovery, and how she rebuilt her life and found a whole new career.
    We recommend tuning into the Courage Unravelled podcast where we first heard Libby's story.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Hamish & Jodie McTaggart - The Past, Present & Future of Bidgemia Station

    Hamish & Jodie McTaggart - The Past, Present & Future of Bidgemia Station

    In episode 138 we heard the story of the catastrophic flood that saw Bidgemia Station engulfed by floodwater for the first time in it's history.
    In this episode we are again joined by Hamish & Jodie McTaggart as they share insights into the 1.4 million acre pastoral property which has been in the family for 75 years.
    We'll hear stories about the early days of Bidgemia and how life has changed throughout the generations of McTaggarts at the helm. Jodie and Hamish also share their thoughts about the future of the station.


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    • 58 min
    The Challa Mustering NDP [Short Story]

    The Challa Mustering NDP [Short Story]

    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-challa-mustering-ndp/
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
153 Ratings

153 Ratings

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!

Wjodie ,

Had me in stitches!

Loving the latest episode (94) with the kids from Durham Downs! 😂 absolute crackers!

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