Living hundreds of kilometers from your neighbor, mustering tens of thousands of head of cattle, dealing with extreme heat and long hours are all in a day’s work for all the men and women who work and live on stations up here in North West Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Australian Cattle Stations are by far the biggest in the world, with Anna Creek Station in South Australia the biggest in Australia and the World at 6,000,000 acres. Alexandria Station operates as a cattle station and is the largest in the Northern Territory and Davenport Downs is the largest cattle station in Queensland.

One of the things people may not realize about station life is how isolated it can be. In many cases, a plane will bring in mail and supplies. Any medical emergencies require the help of the Royal Flying Doctor Service as hospitals are hundreds of kilometers away, and kids don’t attend school. Some kids who grow up on stations receive schooling by School Of The Air which caters for primary and early secondary education of children in remote areas of Australia.

The Homestead is the centre of any cattle station. The Homestead is surrounded by sheds, machinery, cattle yards, staff quarters and much more. Basically like a little township.

The North of Australia, where most of the big cattle stations are found, have a wet and a dry season. The dry season is the time for mustering, which is done on horseback, motorbikes and most stations also use helicopters to help round up cattle. Most of the mustering takes place away from the homestead so workers move to a camp where the mustering is happening and sleep in swags for sometimes weeks at a time.

Everyone relies on each other heavily, works hard from sun up to sun down, and loves every minute of it!