Host: Lake Nash Station
Managers/ Owners: Managers Fred and Sarah Hughes, Owned by Georgina Pastoral Company
Region: Barkly Tablelands, Northern Territory.
Nearest town for shopping, doctors etc: Mount Isa
Nearest roadhouse: Camooweal
Number of cattle: 60, 000 head
Number of staff: 35
Size of station: 4.2 million acres
How often and how the mail is delivered: Monday/Thursday by road. Mail plane Friday.
How often and how the stores shopping is done: A monthly order is placed with supplier based in Mount Isa. Stores are normally collected by Toyota ute with mobile cold room behind. Over the wet season, Fred or Sarah collect the order by plane.
How far off the bitumen are you? 160km off the bitumen on a rough & dusty dirt road
Fred & Sarah Hughes. Photo credit: Blythe Moore (ABC)
Lake Nash is owned by Georgina Pastoral Company which also runs Caldervale, Tambo & Keeroongooloo, Windorah. Having a good team is the key to any successful operation. Lake Nash employs 35 staff members from all around Australia (and sometimes from overseas). Last year we had an Italian cook straight out of Positano treating the staff to delicious pizzas, pasta and lasagna. We love to see delightful characters such as Luca stop in and experience the remoteness and beauty of the Australian bush.
Lake Nash Station covers an area of 4.2 million acres and is bisected by the Georgina River. The aggregation includes Georgina Downs and Argadargada Station with a total carrying capacity of 70,000 head. Much of the country consists of rolling plains of black soil well covered in Mitchell grass and overlaying limestone. Lake Nash, along with Georgina Pastoral’s other stations, has recently attained organic certification. The station is ideally located for organic production and currently runs a mixed herd of 55,000 cross bred cattle with an additional 6000 joined purebred Wagyu females. The majority of the herd are joined to Ultrablack bulls (13/16 Angus x 3/16 Brahman) which are highly fertile and homozygously polled, which means all progeny should also be polled.
It’s difficult for Australians who have been brought up in urban landscapes and never ventured to the outback to comprehend what it is really like to live on the land. I suggest if you are one of these people, come and visit us at Lake Nash.
Host: Lake Nash Station Written by Lilly Marks. My name is Lilly Marks, I originally come from central Queensland but work in the Northern Territory on Lake Nash Station which is situated on the Barkly Tablelands. Our beloved plant horses after a long day’s work. I began my season at Argadargada (or Arg for short), […]
Host: Lake Nash Station Written by Indiana Latcham – Headstockman. My name is Indiana Latcham and I am the head stockman of the weaner camp here at Lake Nash Station. Before weaner camp can spring into action, our stock camp need to do there thing – stock camp usually spends weeks at a time camping […]
Host: Lake Nash Station Written by Sarah Hughes Howdy Central Station followers, it’s a pleasure to connect with ya’ll! This is Sarah Hughes from Lake Nash Station on the Barkly Tableland, Northern Territory. My husband Fred and I have managed Lake Nash for almost 2.5 years and it is safe to say there is NEVER a […]
Host: Lake Nash Station Written by Paul Jones The light of day sneaks through the cracks and its 4:30am again. Time to pull on the boots and see what Cook’s got on. As usual, plenty of tucker – wonderful! Head over to the workshop to check the oil, water, tyres, fill water bottles, and fuel […]
Host: Lake Nash Station Written by Natasha Land The mum, the wife, the doctor, the nurse and the teacher are just a few different hats I wear on a daily basis in addition to being the camp cook at Lake Nash. The camp cook means I cook for the staff working and camping out under […]