Rural Exchange NZ – working on farms overseas

March 27th, 2012

Increasing numbers of New Zealanders are spending a year or two working on Australian cattle stations and farms, along with backpackers from many other countries. It’s a two way street – many Australians head to other countries to work in agricultural jobs also.  Rural Exchange New Zealand (RENZ)  has plenty of information on working on […]

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Keeping up with the Joneses of Coolibah Station, on NZ TV, and rural television

November 19th, 2011

“Keeping up with the Joneses’ of Coolibah Station (NT) is now screening on television in other countries. ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ debuted on TV One in New Zealand today, in prime time – 7pm on a Saturday night (filling the gap made by Country Calendars break for the summer).  And if website traffic is […]

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Impact of Australian live export ban – AACo share trading halt

June 8th, 2011

The Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) has asked for a halt on share trading until Friday, while the company assesses the impact of the live export ban. The AACo is Australia’s oldest pastoral company and now Australia’s largest, with landholdings of more than 1% of the continent’s landmass and almost 500,000 head of cattle.  Indonesia is Australia’s largest export […]

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Outback 8 Television Programme – ABC 3

September 2nd, 2010

The ‘Outback 8’ television series has inspired many kids to dream about living and working in the bush

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Pastoral Company Websites & cattle station jobs

June 10th, 2010

Pastoral Company websites – why do they exist and why do so many companies not have a website?

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Starting Work on Australian cattle stations

June 2nd, 2010

What do new employees need to take and need to know when starting work on a cattle station? Jumbuck pastoral has a useful list of information for new cattle and sheep station employees

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Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF)

October 5th, 2009

WWOOF-ers (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) have been around for a while, and presumably participant numbers will increase as people in Western countries look for travel experiences that are more meaningful and personal, and urban residents curious about agriculture seek out genuine hands-on experiences. There’s a good summary on WWOOF-ing on the Off-Grid website, with […]

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Careers in the aviation industry

July 13th, 2009

I have come across quite a few low-hours fixed wing pilots when roaming around the country side. Young blokes (it’s more than 99% blokes) from cities who’ve ended up in the bush flying fixed-wing aircraft, usually single-engine Cessnas; doing fence and bore runs, store runs, and ferry work etc on cattle stations. These pilots are […]

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Volunteer work in the Outback

October 10th, 2007

 These days there are quite a few avenues for voluntary and charity-related employment.  For example, retired teachers may like to consider doing some much-appreciated voluntary teaching, organised via the Volunteers for Isolated Student’s Education scheme (VISE). On remote stations the mother is usually the one responsible for educating the children and the arrival of a VISE teacher […]

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Australian Outback Jobs

June 10th, 2007

For more than two decades I’ve specialised in photographing & writing about Australia’s largest cattle stations – visiting family and company-owned cattle stations in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. I’ve encountered many people seeking information on cattle station work and unfortunately don’t have the resources to respond to employment-related enquiries, except when received […]

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