Jacaranda Trees line the streets of Grafton, NSW


Monday, August 20, 2018

SUNSET IN THE OUTBACK

After our tour of the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame we had a short rest and then we were off to Camden Park Station (ranch). The station has been in the Walker family for generations. Two sons and their families have taken over running the station now and they have made a big effort to keep the place viable during the seven year drought by diversifying. Whereas, the station was running cattle and sheep for wool, it now does something different.
 The homestead, which was where many social functions were held during the good times. Royalty has also stayed.
photo borrowed from the www
Now one of the paddocks is the home of 55,000 solar panels. Although the panels have to be washed it is still less work than looking after cows and just as profitable.

 The boys have swapped wool sheep for meat sheep. The restaurants in the big cities are demanding more lamb for their patrons. These sheep from South Africa can tolerate the hot dry weather and less labour intensive than sheep that need shearing.

 Tourism is also another form of income for the drought stricken farms. We were taken on a tour of the 100 year old shearing shed and told all about how it used to work.

 It was like a museum of past days of sheep farming. When it rains and feed grows they will start again.

In the shed there was a new born goat who had fallen asleep but awoke with a fright when we arrived. Our guides caught it and returned it to its mother who had also run away in fright with a second kid.

 Mother nanny goat was way up in the top of the paddock.(Out of sight)

 We were driven up to the top of the hill???? what hill?? It was called Two Tree Hill. Mother goat was found and we were given wine and snacks while we watched the amazing sunset.



14 comments:

  1. The sunset evening looks terrific, wine, nibbles and a setting sun with happy people on holidays. The Walker family has been very clever and I guess that is what all such stations have to do, diversify. There will still be some good years to keep the bank happy, but planning for a changed climate is essential.

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  2. Hello, I would enjoy this tour of the station. The baby lamb is adorable. I like the two tree hill and the gorgeous sunset. We are seeing the solar farms pop up around us too. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  3. This was a great post and I loved that last shot and the one of the sweet little goat. Everything was very interesting, thank you Diane.

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  4. gorgeous views of the sunset and that sweet faced goat melted my heart and HOW can anyone eat that is my question. love the fence shot and the porches on the homestead is where I would love to sit

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  5. Love the little goat it looks so cuddly :-) That last shot is also exceptional. Sounds to me like a good day out. Have a good week, t'other Diane

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  6. Great report and photos Diane.
    Colin

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    1. Oh I forgot - that breed of sheep as shown are getting a lot of coverage
      in the excellent newspaper "The Land" - a paper covering all rural news eg: Sales, shows etc etc.
      Colin

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  7. A great post Diane. Looks like some sound decisions had been made for the future of this property. That sunset setting is beautiful - and would have been most enjoyable :D) xx

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  8. You have reminded me of the stupendous sunset we saw in Winton. I love travelling with you to places I have also visited.

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  9. I love that last photo! Lovely place to watch a sunset.

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  10. It's good to know that the ranchers have been able to keep their stations by diversifying. The sunset is absolutely gorgeous.

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  11. They have done a good job of diversifying. So happy the goat family was successfully reunited and wow, what a sunset to enjoy at the top of the hill.

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  12. What a spectacular sunset! Enjoying it with a nice glass of wine was perfect. Tbe ranchers were smart to diversify. Sadly, many ranchers here are selling their land to developers

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  13. Hi Diane, amazing to see the hardy Dorper sheep in your part of the world. I loved reading your post and reconnecting with you again. Have a great day. Jo

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