Anna Plains – Between the Desert and the Ocean

80 mile beachWe have been enjoying a special privilege, visiting one of the vast Outback Stations and at this time of year they are finishing the rounding up cattle for market before the Big Wet arrives, it is almost the end of ‘mustering’ time. This is a time in the Kimberley when the land promises its bounty under the duress of flooding rains, humid heat and scorching sun and before this bounty arrives, the market cattle need to be shipped out and the ‘keepers’ settled in to fatten over the season of abundance.

Anna PlainsMap anna plains is a vast holding that is bordered by the Indian Ocean on the Kimberley Coast south of Broome in Western Australia. The Station is over 3,600 sq klm and runs about 20,000+ head of cattle. It is currently owned by a Aussie family and is a fully operational cattle station. The seasonal workers are made up of backpackers on work visa’s and a sprinkling of Aussies who know how to live the life. Amongst them is one of my nieces and she truly is living a dream.

It is a pity more Aussies don’t get out here onto our land and learn something of the country, that which nurtures them. Living the Station life is really something special and we have a few members of our family who have ventured into the new and unknown and are loving the experience, learning about their country like too few do. They have honed up on a few necessary skills but at large, they learn as they go.

Naum and shellsCamping along the shores and anywhere on the station is not a public right but a right governed by the leaseholder and permission should be sort before accessing the lease-land for recreational purposes, including the extensive beach reserves. Anna Plains is a vast plain on which sits the main homestead. The homestead hosts the occasional guest as do many and everyone enjoys the adventure of the beautiful 80 mile beach, which forms the western boundary as well the experience of the hard working remote cattle station.

We found our stay really lovely. The shady trees and green grass around the Homestead very welcome as the summer heat begins it move across the land. The entertainment of the mustered cattle grazing in the large muster paddock along with the pet camel was wonderful and we felt very welcome as family and guests.

cow anna plainsThe station hands were working hard during our stay and the kitchen running full time catering for the staff however the friendly attitude was delicious and we had a wonderful few days. Helping out where we could we largely tried to keep out of everyone’s way as they went about the business of keeping a well oiled machine running. Nothing was a chore and I can’t understand why more of our young folk don’t take up the experience of station life.

Knowing how many kids these days whine about the lack of employment it leaves me shaking my head and thinking this is really the generation of the sense of entitlement. It will be a sorry thing to see this generation as life passes them by and destiny catches up with them. There is just so much opportunity out here for the young and willing worker and seeking the young station team in action was a real pleasure. The enjoyment and satisfaction they got out of their work was also a delight to witness and it really gives you a sense of faith in the future for these great hardworking young men and women.

Anna PlainsWe took the opportunity to tour about the station some and one of the delights was to play about in the warm waters along the beach. The vastness of the station was breathtaking and the view from a bluff simply awesome as the Station holding takes in everything that can be seen into the horizon and beyond.

tup swimmingEven the pups had a ball and the fine white sands and beautiful shells scattered along the beach were a special delight. The birds have migrated in and were feeding along the shoreline as the king herring skipped through the waves looking to escape becoming part of the food chain.

These young men and women I see around me working the stations are happy. It is hard work but it is infinitely rewarding and I envy them their youth and vitality. Nothing can describe the experience they are having, the freedoms it affords them and the rewards that come with a job well done which can be so satisfying. To see so many young people, many working their way around Australia, enjoying a unique experience such as found in Station life is in itself a reward. I can honestly say I am green with envy of the opportunities life has to offer the young of today. If only they seek out the many wonderful experiences to be had.

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The Kimberley – Geikie Gorge and Broome

Geikie GorgeWhat is wonderful about the Kimberley is the things that are hidden. The landscape is amazing, from ancient scraggy rock karst in beautiful ombré red tones to the flat sandy grasslands, now golden and baked under the sun. I have written about the magnificent boab tree, which sits following flows of water, ancient and new but I haven’t yet mentioned the gorges, those cracks hidden in the vast planes which cut deep into the earth.

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My Love Affair – The Kimberley’s

Jan an NaumWhen I first met The Man at quite a tender age, I fell in love. I knew that this was the man I wanted to marry, the one I wanted to spend my life with. I think part of you, perhaps the part that lives beyond life, knows when you encounter a soul mate and immediately some part of you recognizes them even if you decide not to acknowledge it. Even if they are difficult, demanding or secretive … not that The Man is any of these things … Yet somehow you know you have met a destiny of one kind or another.

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The Lore of the Featherfoot : Lands Edge – The Beginning

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Oldies at Large – Old Man Boab

Land of the BoabThe most striking thing about entering the North West corner of the continent, the top end of Western Australia from the remote NW Northern Territory, is the magnificent old man boab (also the baobab of Africa & Egypt). These wonderful trees, which have captured the rains of the monsoon dot the landscape and are found from the coast of WA east into the Northern Territory, bloated in their push to survive an ancient red and harsh country.

They were a valuable food source for the Aboriginal tribes not only in their abundant fruit but also for providing water trapped in hollows in their twisted trunks. The tribal people chose the slightly immature (greenish rather than brown) fruit and found them best roasted. The pulp is similar to stewed fruit in texture and taste. If however the fire is too hot they will explode, so take care. The seeds in the fleshy fruit can also be collected and roasted and eaten like peanuts. Even the sap can be added to water to make a drink. The pith will dry to a fibrous sherbet with the seeds mixed in but this, though pleasant tasting will drive on a considerable thirst.   Continue reading

When it’s Time to Take a Holiday – From Freecamping

Wuruma DamWe have been freecamping across two states for several weeks now. The camps have been a delight from Cairns to the Western Australian Border. Those who understand the Outback, who understand the Aussie perchance to tour and explore along the needs travellers have for simple comfort and survival, have ensured that there are rest areas, often well appointed.

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Devils Marbles NT – A Place of Meeting and Legend

Main marblesIn a landscape that sits quiet and still within the vastness of a singular horizon, when you come across such a striking natural feature as the Devils Marbles it is no wonder that the old Aboriginal tribal people as well as Aussies today, found much to be amazed with. In the Central desert and vast savannah country of the Northern Territory in the red heart of Australia, you find a truly wonderful landscape. The photo is deceptive… there a hundreds if not thousands of these clusters of marbles scattered within the bowl of their creation.

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