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Outback stations

Author: McHugh.Evan.
Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : Michael Joseph, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the helicopter I could see the property's waterholes surrounded by paperbark trees, its red-stone cliffs lit by the rising sun. And grass, endless seas of grass. Here was the vision splendid: Nat Buchanan's grass castle. Gurindji country. And my country, Australia. This is big country, the outback, home to the largest cattle and sheep stations in the world. Yet as these properties are closed to visitors, few of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: McHugh.Evan.
ISBN: 9780670075454 0670075450
OCLC Number: 781560582
Description: 1 volume
Contents: A land of opportunity --
Bowen Downs Station --
The quiet giant --
Lake Nash Station --
Heartland --
Brunette Downs Station --
The long haul --
Alexandria Station --
The big run --
Victoria River Downs Station --
A tale of two countries --
Wave Hill Station --
Red giant --
Crown Point Station --
Heartbreak corner --
Adria Downs Station --
The happiest station --
Headingly Station --
The hot spot --
Commonwealth Hill Station --
The biggest country --
Anna Creek Station.
Responsibility: Evan McHugh.

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From the helicopter I could see the property's waterholes surrounded by paperbark trees, its red-stone cliffs lit by the rising sun. And grass, endless seas of grass. Here was the vision splendid: Nat Buchanan's grass castle. Gurindji country. And my country, Australia. This is big country, the outback, home to the largest cattle and sheep stations in the world. Yet as these properties are closed to visitors, few of us know what goes on behind the farm gate. So what's life really like when next door is 500 kilometres away, and mustering livestock in their tens of thousands, backbreaking physical labour, and dealing with extreme heat and long hours is all in a day's work? And why would these tough stockmen and women not have it any other way? The author gets behind the wheel of his four-wheel drive to find out. Given special access to these properties, Evan goes behind the scenes at Adria Downs in the dead heart of Central Australia, helps drove cattle from the air at Wave Hill and gets a lesson in trapping dingoes at the remote Commonwealth Hill station. Following in the footsteps of the pioneering greats, Evan reveals the fascinating history of these outback stations, and what it takes to work on one today.

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