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Kilcowera station

Discover a running cattle station in Outback Queensland


Kilcowera station is a huge cattle station about 90 km south of Thargomindah on the Dowling Track to Hungerford. The station borders on Lake Wyara and the Currawinya National Park on its eastern side.

It is a great place for bushwalking, bird-watching and exploring the stunning vistas of Outback Queensland. If you love the Australian Outback, this is the place for your Queensland holidays.

Accommodation is provided in shearer's quarters and several camping areas. Some campsites are at fairly remote places on the station, so you can experience the true Outback feeling.

sign promoting kilcowera station
Sign outside the visitor centre in Thargomindah
The station is open to visitors from March through to late October. Kilcowera station is a member of the "Outback Beds" network that provides quality Outback accommodation throughout NWS and in parts of Queensland.

I was in contact with Toni Sherwin of Kilcowera station a couple of years ago. She kindly sent me these beautiful photos. Thank you Toni.

Cattle at Kilcowera station in south-west Queensland
Cattle at Kilcowera station in south-west Queensland

Comment by Toni:
"We have only about 700 head of cattle now on 82,000 ha as we have been in drought for 8 years and have lightened our stocking numbers in order to keep our younger cows."

Australia is a dry continent. Years of good rainfall are always followed by droughts. Some areas have been suffering the worst draught in 100 years. When the long awaited rain finally arrives, it often causes damages through serios floodings.
It is a hard life to make a living of the land, although to me it is very appealing.

close-up of a calf
Hereford calf
Hereford cattle originally comes from England. The first Herefords were imported to Australia in 1825.

young women wash themselves in a cattle watering tank
Jillaroos at Kilcowera station

You are not familiar with the word Jillaroo? In American terms it would be a cowgirl. The male equivalent is a Jackaroo.

I asked Toni what Jillaroos do on a cattle station, and here is what she said:
"A good Jillaroo will do the same job as the men, she may not be as strong but she probably thinks a bit more than young blokes and gets the job done.

Our youngest daughter is a mean bike rider, can fix any fence, weld, climb windmills and fix them, artificially inseminate cows, loves the poddy calves, doesnt mind a drink and can cook too. The older one is pretty handy as well.

These days we only have workers when we are mustering or need someone to do a job that we can't handle ourselves."

sunset with beautiful colours
A beautiful Outback sunset

No comment needed about this lovely photo. That's the beauty of the Australian Outback that I love.

If you travel in the south-west corner of Outback Queensland, don't miss to stop by Kilcowera station. The station is not far from Thargomindah.

You can contact Toni Sherwin through her website Kilcowera Station.

For more information to travel in Queensland check the following pages.

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