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Central Station - Stories from Outback Australian Cattle Stations

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.

info_outline [SHORT STORY] 71. Hard choices - lessons from a little cat 04/14/2021
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 70. Helen Kempe - The life of "Miss Helen" 04/12/2021
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 69. Mitch Scott - It's now or never 04/05/2021
info_outline [SHORT STORY] 68. A rodeo proposal 04/05/2021
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 67. Frances Cooper - Something was missing 03/29/2021
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 66. Matilda Robinson - An open chat about Mental Health 03/22/2021
info_outline [SHORT STORY] 65. It takes a community 03/17/2021
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 64. Norman Fisher - The Croc wrangling, buffalo breeding Cattleman 03/15/2021
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 63. Jodie Grant - Fighting Cancer on a cattle station 03/08/2021
info_outline [SHORT STORY] 62. 180km just to check the mail 03/03/2021
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 61. Tylah Bonisch - Her first year as Head Stockwoman 03/01/2021
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 60. Jess Di Pasquale - Equine adventures in Australia and abroad 02/22/2021
info_outline [SHORT STORY] 59. It's on 02/17/2021
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 58. Danyelle Haigh - Don't judge this book by its cover 02/15/2021
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 57. Luke Hayes - Venturing off the pastoral pathway 02/08/2021
info_outline [SHORT STORY] 56. Dating in the bush - a Tinderella tale 02/03/2021
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 55. Tanya Heaslip - An Alice Girl 02/01/2021
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 54. Steph Coombes - It takes a village 12/17/2020
info_outline [SHORT STORY] 53. The Kimberley Chicken Musterer 11/30/2020
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 52. Lucy Daly - The quiet achiever 11/23/2020
info_outline [SHORT STORY] 51. Lessons learned in the Kimberley 11/16/2020
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 50. Sarah Cook - Who's paying for public education in remote Australia? 11/09/2020
info_outline [SHORT STORY]. 49 - A cancer diagnosis whilst pregnant 11/02/2020
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 48. Mel Bethel - The woman behind the camera 10/26/2020
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 47. Jaimie Jenkins - An unconventional pathway to the north 10/15/2020
info_outline [SHORT STORY] 46. Macro and Micro Isolation - A bold contrast 10/12/2020
info_outline [SPINNING YARNS] 45. Becky Klingenberg - Champions are made when no one is watching 10/05/2020
info_outline [SHORT STORY] 44. Has anyone got a copy - Part 3 09/28/2020
info_outline [TRAILER] 43. The Cattle Station Classroom Podcast 09/21/2020
info_outline [SHORT STORY] 42. Has anyone got a copy - Part 2 09/14/2020