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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 website (www.centralstation.net.au) will open your eyes to what outback life is really like – and why many wouldn’t live anywher ...
 
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If you travel a couple of hours north-east of Alice Springs, along the Plenty Highway, you’ll pass one of the most spectacular parcels of land – Mt Riddock Station. With high quality Hereford cattle and an abundance of pasture, you would never think that when the Cadzow family purchased it over 30 years ago, the land was in poor condition, and home…
 
When faced with the choice of pursuing a career in Professional Women’s Cricket or teaching, Kylie Jones’ passion for education won. Not one to do things in the traditional order, Kylie waited until after university and the start of her teaching career to take a gap year, taking on the role of a Governess on Helens Springs Station in the Northern T…
 
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/baby-can-you-handle-the-heat/ This episode is sponsored by Resource Consulting Services – Australia’s leading provider of holistic, regenerative farm business educ…
 
James Christian’s childhood couldn’t have been further from that of his cousin, Sams. While Sam was growing up on a cattle station in Central Australia, mustering cattle, James lived 2000km away on the beaches of Sydney, preparing to compete in the Sydney to Hobart sailing race. However, as fate would have it, a spur of the moment trip to visit the…
 
In the far north of South Australia you’ll find a number of cattle stations belonging to the William’s family, where the second, third and fourth generation work side-by-side. Cam Williams is a 3rd generation pastoralist and manager of Peake Station. With his wife Kirsty, who featured on our podcast back in Episode 87, and their four kids – Cam is …
 
Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. This episode features an excerpt from the book Beyond Alice, read by the author Tanya Heaslip. Tanya has published Alice to Prague (2019), An Alice Girl (2020), and Beyond Alice (2021) is her third memoir. Tanya's memoir is a humorous a…
 
The cycle of life and death amongst flora and fauna is par for the course for life in the outback. But what happens when we are faced with our own mortality, and that of the ones we love? Today’s story is just that, and so much more. It’s a story of trauma, courage, resilience, and vulnerability. It’s the story of Jane and Haydn Sale, who’s lives w…
 
The Fitzroy Crossing Bull Sale is truly a one-of-a-kind event. While Bulls Sales are a dime a dozen in the Eastern States, the Fitzroy Crossing Sale is the only bull sale in Northern Western Australia. This is because the majority of cattle in the pastoral regions of Western Australia are commercial cattle, bred to go direct to market. There are ve…
 
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/new-tricks/ Central Station is supported by ThinkWater Broome, your local water experts for irrigation projects big and small. Their fully stocked retail store sel…
 
Raised on an isolated cattle station north of Alice Springs during the 1960s and 70s, Tanya learnt about the outside world through the Correspondence School and School of the Air. Tanya has published Alice to Prague (2019), An Alice Girl (2020), and Beyond Alice (2021) is her third memoir. In this episode, we discuss the Book Beyond Alice, which ta…
 
Jim Edwards has been a fixture of the pastoral industry in Western Australia for decades. From growing up on a station near Marble Bar, to being a mustering pilot and station owner - there’s not a lot Jim hasn’t seen or done. At one point, he literally swapped his Pilbara cattle station for a farm in Queensland – talk about a tree change! But, as y…
 
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-other-east/ The team you know and love from Landmark Broome are now operating as Northern Rural Supplies. Its business as usual with the same team, same phone …
 
In today’s episode I’m chatting with the Keogh boys: Clem- 5, Lachy- 8, and Jacob- 10. These brothers live on Durham Downs Station in South West Queensland, and while they all love station life, they’re chalk and cheese. Jacob is the creative up and coming movie director, Lachy is the cattleman, and Clem, well - Clem is Clem! Keep your ears peeled …
 
Having grown up on an island and spending her childhood with the local surf life savers club, Tannas Godfrey could never have predicted what her future held for her: a career in the Australian Military, falling in love with a bloke from the bush, going through the heartache of unsuccessful succession planning, and having to start over. It’s so rare…
 
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/dont-dwell-on-the-small-things/ This episode is supported by Milne Feeds. Milne feeds has been the leading provider of livestock feed in WA for over 100 years, and…
 
According to the dictionary, adapability is: "the quality of being able to adjust to new conditions". In today’s episode, I sit down with one of the most adaptable people I have ever met – Sally Jolly. Sally’s family has a long and rich history in the Pilbara pastoral industry, and it’s no surprise that cattle and red dirt run through her veins. Bu…
 
Do you remember the old nursey rhyme from primary school that goes along the lines of “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage”. Well, that was the order of things for Hayley Price – in just over 12 months, she met and married the man of her dreams, falling pregnant just before their wedding. But during her pregn…
 
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/little-people-huge-hearts/ ****** This episode is supported by Direct Drilling. Direct Drilling is a locally owned family drilling company based in Kununurra, serv…
 
The name Edwina Robertson is synonymous with incredible imagery of people in rural Australia. In amongst being the country’s most sought after Outback wedding photographer, Eddie has had a number of adventures, including traveling across the country without spending a dollar, and trying her hand at jillarooing at the ripe old age of 34. I recently …
 
Kirsty Williams lives on Peake Station near Oodnadatta in South Australia. In amongst working on the station, working in town as a teacher, sharing her home with staff, and juggling four kids under the age of 6 (and the endless baskets of dirty laundry that come with it all) – Kirsty certainly didn’t think there was anything interesting about her l…
 
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/little-people-huge-hearts/ *** We're celebrating the launch of the TX6600S UHF Radio! As an Australian Owned and Operated business, GME openly embraces Australian …
 
Tony Williams left home at the age of 16 to work on Nilpinna Station for his childhood idol Jimmy Nunn. That was almost 50 years ago. Today, Tony is in his 40th year as the manager of Mt Barry Station, near the town of Coober Pedy in SA. In this episode, he shares yarns from the past 5 decades and what he has learnt along the way about life, love, …
 
Today is Part 2 of our episode with Peter Rowe, the Outback Postman. Now, if you haven’t listened to Part 1 – stop right here and go back to find it – because in addition to being a cracker yarn, it provides a lot of context about how Rowie came to be the man he is. In this episode we talk about the 600km round trip he makes twice a week to deliver…
 
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/woulda-coulda-shoulda/ LIVEXchange is THE major event for the livestock export industry, and it’s being held this year in Darwin on the 10th and 11th of November. …
 
For the last 19 years, Peter Rowe, or Rowie, as he is known by the locals, has been delivering mail to small towns and cattle stations along the Oodnadatta Track in South Australia. Rowie is an incredible gentleman who’s story is, well, incredible. I had such a great time yarning with him that we ended up recording for 2 hours, so this episode will…
 
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