Host: Donal Sullivan
Location: Northern Territory
Born in Katherine, NT and raised on a station not far away, I have spent most of my life getting in the way of people whilst trying to take photos of station life. My family own two properties and lease a third one, the main one being Cave Creek Station. Across nearly 350,000 acres we breed and raise Brahman cross cattle for the live export market. Our closest town in Mataranka, which takes fifteen minutes to get to by car in the Dry Season or twenty minutes by quad bike, five by boat then ten by car in the Wet Season.
Two years ago I started sharing some of my thousands of photos on the social media platform Instagram, and was surprised to find that people wanted to see them. I go by the name ‘tinycruiser’, which was the name of one of our poddy calves at the time, but also alludes to the small traveler that I am. Currently I’m working as a helicopter pilot for a heli-mustering company based 350km south west of Katherine.
Host: Donal Sullivan I’ve put together some of my favourite photos from some of my favourite places across the NT and WA. Golden afternoons back at base. Watching Build-Up storms roll past in the evenings. Exploring the gorge with Munro. The Mary River floodplains in full swing. A secret little picnic spot. Just another beautiful […]
Host: Donal Sullivan *Please do not try this at home without additional research or the help of a professional poddy feeder. Raising poddy calves can be both rewarding and heartbreaking, and is not for the faint hearted. Poddy: a term to describe an orphaned calf. Equally rewarding and soul destroying, raising poddy calves is a […]
Host: Donal Sullivan Name a more iconic duo. Every year I say goodbye to people who have decided to leave the Territory and move back ‘down south’. It seems that in many cases, and across many industries, the Territory is not seen as a viable place to build a life or pursue a career. Rather, […]
Host: Donal Sullivan I tried for several days to write about how my family manages our properties until I realised that the best way to explain would be to show you, rather than tell you. So following are some of my own photos of our station life and cattle management, as well as some photos […]
Host: Donal Sullivan If you missed my post yesterday, you’ll read below some of my observations on characters you commonly find on cattle stations, inspired by Sir David Attenborough. These are written entirely as a joke, and anything that sounds illegal is definitely not based on a real person or real events. ‘The Chopper Pilot’ […]
Host: Donal Sullivan I have had many opportunities to observe station life over the years I’ve spent living and working on the land. As an avid documentary watcher, I’ve often wondered what one of the greatest naturalists of all time, Sir David Attenborough, would think of our lives and the characters that work on cattle […]
Host: Donal Sullivan Cooking for a stockcamp for a season (between March and November) taught me a lot about myself, the people I worked with and life in general. I also learnt a bit about cooking, like how to salvage burnt scones, and how to cook good rib-bones! My kitchen was open to the elements, […]
Host: Donal Sullivan Good Morning/Evening to you, Central Station reader. I’m Donal Sullivan, from Cave Creek Station in the NT but if you have Instagram you may have come across me sharing images of station life under the guise of ‘tinycruiser’. If you don’t have Instagram then I feel I should tell you I’m a […]