The Australian Outback's Largest Cattle Stations

Fiona Lake - Professional Photographer & Writer

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My name is Fiona Lake and for more than 30 years I've specialised in taking agricultural and rural photographs.  In particular - photographs of Australia's largest cattle stations (ranches), which are the largest in the world.

LATEST NEWS

  • Sydney Royal Show, 17-30 March 2016:  If you are attending, please come and say hello. I will be on a stand in the Home & Lifestyle Pavilion.
  • "Biggest Mobs - Longest Shadows" is a brand new coffee-table style book featuring the iconic cattle stations of the NT's Barkly Tableland.

Some of the photographs in this new book can be seen in the website header, above; and the book cover is below:

More than 800 of the very best of my cattle station photos are included in the three books published to date: 'Biggest Mobs - Longest Shadows', 'Life as an Australian Horseman' & 'A Million Acre Masterpiece'.  The classic outback photos in these books have been selected from tens of thousands dating back to 1984, taken on nearly 60 cattle stations. 

Visit 'testimonials' to see some of the many comments from purchasers in Australia and other countries.  You might see a comment from someone you know.

Detailed information on the books is found on the book contents page.

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Images are available for commercial use, as well as limited edition photographic art and items such as good quality Australian greeting cards and outback cushion covers.

Australia's largest cattle stations

  • I have taken photos on Australian outback cattle stations (ranches) since 1984, creating a permanent record of what is a very special rural region before some aspects change substantially or disappear altogether.  When I began, digital photography and social media didn't exist.  The internet and phone systems, other than landline cables, were unheard of.  I have seen a lot of changes over more than thirty years, and what I do is unique - worldwide.
  • Most of the largest cattle stations in Australia are found across the top half of the continent.  A vast region, measuring more than 3,000 km north to south and more than 3,500 km from east to west.
  • Quite a few of the largest Australian cattle stations are 10,000 square kilometres in size, running 20,000 or more cattle in average seasons. 
  • Most still rely on stock horses for mustering and on many, stockcamps are still usual for at least part of the year. 
  • Australia is the most urbanised country in the world and these vast cattle stations are located in remote areas and not open to the public. As a consequence there has always been a scarcity of accurate, comparative information and authentic professional-quality photographs.

What do I do?

The work I do pivots around my long-term, primary aim of increasing the understanding of what it's like to live and work in various parts of the bush, amongst those who are unfamiliar with rural and remote Australia.  I'm a storyteller using a variety of means to connect regions, industries and people further afield; actively working to dispel inaccurate rural stereotypes and encourage people who have grown up in cities, to try rural life if they'd like to.

  • Numerous photography exhibitions have been held in capital city and regional locations; opened by a range of people including the Governor General of Australia. 
  • Many photography awards have been won and more recently, photography competitions judged. These include the Meat & Livestock Australia/Australian Women's Weekly photography competition and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists 'Star Prize for Photography'.
  • I have written magazine stories since 1999 and travelled throughout Australia and overseas, visiting farms; as well as running photography workshops and public speaking at conferences and other events. 
  • 4 books have been published to date; "Biggest Mobs - Longest Shadows", "Life as an Australian Horseman" and "A Million Acre Masterpiece"; plus a Quadrant British Isles Farm Tour book. 

The 'about' page includes some other information about me, what I do and why.

This website dates back to 2003 and including the blog, it now runs to more than 400 pages on living, working and visiting the Australian outback - as well as topical issues.  Please use the sitemap and view the blog categories if you are having trouble locating a specific topic. 

Social Media Accounts

I use Twitter and LinkedIn most often, but I also have a Facebook page.  I also have a Twitter account which features news regarding global agricultural events, grants/awards, education etc: @agri_events. Further information on my social media accounts is on this blog page.

Sometimes, I'm roaming around the countryside

  • As this is a one-person business you receive personal service - but the office is closed when I'm travelling. 
  • This blog page lists the dates when the office will be closed and events I am attending.
  • Don't hesitate to contact me (details below) if you have any ordering or delivery queries regarding my outback books, cattle station photos or Australian greeting cards.  

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