Arrived @ Sylvania Station

We have survived the first few days as Jackaroo and Jillaroo – although Sandra has reverted back to house duties after seeing the calves being separated from their mums and the handling of the cattle in the yards…

Pretty rough life and very very long work days… from sunrise to sunset 7 days a week.

Sylvania Station is about 60km southeast of Newman with about 800,000 acres of scrub and busch.

 

Sylvania is about a 1000km North East of Geraldton
Sylvania is about a 1000km North East of Geraldton

Brent Smoothy, the owner, also has another three stations totalling about 3.5 million acres (14,000 square kilometres) and 20,000 head of cattle. On top of that he also owns over half a dozen R22 helicopters two R44 choppers and a trucking and earth moving business as well as a helicopter drilling business… Pretty full on guy and not even 40 years of age…

Sylvania Station Shed and Yard
Sylvania Station Shed and Yard

Tomorrow we will be mustering/walking a whole mob of cattle for more than 15km…I will be at the tail of it keeping them moving forward in an old Suzuki Jeep… Pretty boring for a very very long time with heart pumping action to be expected at the end… These cows/bulls only see humans once a year and don’t like to be locked in. They will try everything to avoid the yards including charging at us or bolting off in full speed which then means full throttle on the little Suzuki motor straight through the bush.

 

Sylvania Station Homestead
Sylvania Station Homestead

 

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