You’ve seen the outback on television – now come and live it for yourself. From 4WD driving along old stock routes, mustering cattle on a station stay, or travelling with one of the longest mail runs in Australia to visit outback stations, by the time you get home you’ll feel a part of the outback community.
The Roma sales yards are the largest cattle selling facility in the southern hemisphere, seeing over 400,000 cattle a year. Auctions happen every Tuesday and Thursday morning, and are an incredible sight to see!
Tours are available on sale days FREE of charge. No bookings are required, simply meet at the Bull Ring area at 9:00am.
Tours are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April - October (inclusive) and Tuesdays only during the summer (November - March inclusive)
Bonus Downs Farmstay
Bonus Downs is a historic working cattle property just outside of Mitchell
Charlotte Plains is a working sheep property just outside of Cunnamulla
Wandilla Station is a working sheep and cattle property at Eulo
Kilcowera Station is a large organically run cattle property 90 kilometres south of Thargomindah on the Dowling Track
Get Into Campdraft
If you want to fit in like a local then you have to know what campdrafting is. It’s an Australian sport that originated in Western Queensland in the late 1800s with stockmen and drovers competing to prove their horse skills. It involves a horse and rider working cattle through a defined series of actions.
Starting in the yard or ‘camp’, a rider on horseback must ‘cut out’ one beast from a mob of cattle in the yard and demonstrate to the judges that they have the beast under control. They then take it out of the yard into the ring, where they control it through a course around pegs involving right and left turns in a figure eight, before guiding it through two pegs known as "the gate". The outside course must be completed in less than 40 seconds. Judges award points. Campdraft is popular with women and children as well as men. Campdraft competitions are also often mini-festivals with food, music, a bar, and stalls selling outback necessities like hats and whips.
The Australian Campdraft Association publishes a regularly updated schedule of events – you can check where they are on, who is riding, and compare previous scores. Then turn up and scream like a local.
Polocrosse is a fast paced team sport played on horseback. It combines the speed of polo, the strategy and tactics of netball, and the ball handling ability of lacrosse. Polocrosse originated in Australia and is now played around the world. It is a popular sport in the outback.
The Queensland Polocrosse Association publishes a calendar of matches on their website.
Quilpie mail run
The Quilpie Mail Run is a not to be missed opportunity to visit stations and deliver the mail on one of the longest mail/freight runs in Australia. There is a 3 day and a 4 day run. Bring the mail to stations around Quilpie, Windorah, Birdsville, Innamincka, Noccundra, and Eromanga, and stay for morning or afternoon tea to find out more about station life.
Cotton Self-Drive Trail
Learn more about the local cotton industry on the St George Cotton Self Drive Trail. The Balonne Shire is a major producer of cotton and home to Cubbie Station, the largest irrigated cotton farm in the southern hemisphere. Pick up or download the tourism brochure, St George & Surrounds, from the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre to embark on the Cotton Self Drive Trail.
114 St George's Terrace, St George Ph 07 4620 8877