Host: Alexandria Station
Managers/ Owners: Manager- Stephen Bryce. Owner- North Australian Pastoral Company (NAPCO)
Region: Barkly Tablelands, Northern Territory
Nearest town for shopping, doctors etc: Main shopping town is Mt Isa, closest town is Camooweal
Nearest roadhouse: Camooweal or the Bart Hut
Number of cattle: 70,000 head depending on season
Number of staff: 55 on Alexandria and its outstations
Size of station: 1,611,800 ha (3,982,844 acres)
How often and how the mail is delivered: Mail service is once a week
How often and how the stores shopping is done: Bulk stores 2-3 months, fresh veges weekly
How far off the bitumen you are: 120km
Alexandria Station is spread over approximately 3.98 millions acres of the Barkly Tablelands in the Northern Territory and is presently known as the second largest cattle station in Australia. Alexandria is the North Australian Pastoral Company’s largest and oldest property, the original partners having acquired the lease in 1877. Currently maintaining a composite breeding herd of 55,000 head of cattle, the NAPCO composite breeding program is acknowledged as the largest program of its type in the world.
Alexandria Station is made up of three station complexes; the main homestead Alexandria, which is located on the Playford River, and two outstations; Soudan on the Rankin River and Gallipoli on the eastern side of the property.
Employing over 50 staff between the three places, Alexandria is a hive of activity during the mustering season. Each outstation having a stockcamp of six people, as well as a mustering stock camp and weaner camp at Alexandria. The station has two road trains pulling 6 decks each, that is mainly used to cart weaners to the main cattle yards for processing.
A full time bore mechanic is employed to maintain upkeep of 164 bores, along with 5 full time pumpers, employed to start pumps and clean troughs. Each year over 6,000 round bales of Mitchell grass is cut and stored on property to feed weaners during the mustering season.
We hope you enjoy reading our blog posts, and learning a little more about Alexandria Station and our staff.
Host: Alexandria Station Hello again, Welcome back to Alex everyone. My name is Stacey Haucke, I was asked last year by our manager’s partner Narda to write a blog for this website called Central Station…. “Yeah, okay, but what do you want me to write about?” “Just write about what it’s like being a female […]
Host: Alexandria Station Hey, how you going? I don’t have a lot to tell yah. I’m the kind of person who sticks to myself and that’s probably why I enjoy living and working out in the middle of nowhere. I shouldn’t say it’s the middle of nowhere, because you can find everything you need in […]
Host: Alexandria Station Welcome to the Alexandria butcher shop. My name is Neil and I run the Alexandria Butcher shop. That’s right- I have a butcher shop! Most stations have a building or room they call a meat house. With the number of staff on a property the size of Alexandria, a standard meat house […]
Host: Alexandria Station Well it’s a year on from when I last blogged on Central Station, it is also a year on since we moved to Alexandria; now that has gone quick. Stephen and I have well and truly settled into life on a huge station, ‘huge’ as in more land, more cattle and more […]
Host: Alexandria Station Written by Sean Coutts – Weaner Camp, Alexandria Station. G’day all, Jolly here. I have been up at Alexandria Station working for NAP Co since the start of the year. I came up from Albany NSW, where my family operates a mixed grazing cropping farm. Tom and George – Weaner yards at the […]
Host: Alexandria Station Written by Stacey Haucke – Head Stockwoman, Alexandria Station. Hi my name is Stacey Haucke. My job title is Head Stockperson of the stock camp here at Alexandria. Home for me is Heidelberg Station, a couple hours west of Bowen (QLD) in the hills not far from Burdekin Dam. The complete opposite to […]
Host: Alexandria Station Written by Nikki Iversen – Stud Overseer, Alexandria Station. Hello, my name is Nikki Iversen, I’m often referred to as the “Stud Chick” and this is my story. Nikki Iversen The plan was to jillaroo for two years at my first station. Three and a half years later I am looking after the […]
Host: Alexandria Station Written by Narda Grover – Manager, Alexandria Station. Hello, my name is Narda Grover and I live on Alexandria Station with my partner Stephen Bryce. We have both have lived and worked on cattle stations across the top of Australia all our lives, so I’m not sure what a reader of this blog […]