For a town that ‘rode on the a sheep’s back’ to prosperity, it makes sense that a sheep station is high on the to-do list in Barcaldine. In 1861, there were 394,655 sheep in Barcaldine, but today there are just 60,000 sheep in town. Although still a prime industry, the town’s aim is to “bring back the sheep” (industry) and the jobs that go with it. For a taste of life on the land, point your bonnet 5-kilometers south of town and 14-kilometers inland, to Dunraven Station. Set on 25,000 hectares, the station has been in the Donoleys’ family for over 100 years – and today Roberta and Paul are more than happy to share their family’s story with visitors to the local area. Although Dunraven is rated to run 21,000 sheep, they are currently only running 3300 sheep as a result of the drought. The only silver lining to this turn of weather events is that this affords the Donoleys more time to run their tag-a-long 4WD tours across their spectacular station.
Tip: Tours take two hours and guarantee plenty of sunsets and sheep photos.
Call 0427 511 651 for more information.