Host: Glenforrie Station
Written by Aticia Grey – Manager, Glenforrie Station.
Catch up on part 1 of our trip here.
Beef Week. Well, the name pretty well sums it up, it was a great week that was kicked off with a dog auction at the Great Western. Not a kelpie to be seen but the quality of the Collies up for sale was pretty impressive. There was a pretty good contingent of WAer’s in Rockhampton to catch up with, stores to browse through, live music to dance to, and of course, cattle to peruse. The week ended with an entertaining rodeo at the Great Western before we once again packed up to start our trip home. Originally we had intended to head home across the top, but due to a few changes in plans, we were heading back south to tackle the Nullabour again.
Our last stop before the final leg of the journey was at Oakdale station north of Port Augusta where we had organised to catch up with a couple of mates working in the shed where a shearing school was being held. Peter Barr was incredible to watch with his dogs and helped us try our dogs out in the pens. Some took to it like, well, kelpies to a sheep’s back, while a few others weren’t so impressed with the backing idea and burrowed instead. Thanks to Paul Oster for allowing us to kick around with our cameras, helping out where we could, and trying not to get in the way too much.
What was originally meant to be one day turned into three and we finally dragged ourselves away reluctantly with only two days left to cross the Nullabour. It was 2600km to get home and we managed 900km on the first day. We lost a bit of time at the border, cleaning the quad bike which had managed to hide seeds in places we wouldn’t have thought possible but after two hours, the lovely lady in charge let us through. It was great to see our agriculture industry is being looked after well.
After 15,500km, lots of laughs, and many new friends, Court and I arrived home on the 22nd May after an incredible seven weeks on the road. The miles and memories were so much better than we ever expected, it truly was the trip of a lifetime and hopefully one we can do again soon. Thanks to Courtney for the this wonderful experience, I couldn’t have picked a better partner in crime for the trip. Here’s to the next one . . .
Courtney – Bush Chooks Photography