Ever get into a situation that was NOTHING like your expectations?
Of course, we all have! Arriving at a cattle station is no different and that’s a big reason why we started this site. We are a station in north QLD and we wanted to make this site to help people with their expectations before arriving. Too often we found people would arrive with the romantic expectation that they would be riding a horse at sunset all day long. Unfortunately, they didn’t consider that they could be getting cow poop slung in their face at the end of a very long day (true story!).
What we aim to do here is provide a realistic account of life on a cattle station and to outline what makes a good station hand. This way, people can make an informed decision to come work on a cattle station, or as we call it, Paradise.
If you want grow and develop as an individual, then find work on a remote cattle station. By playing a part in the Australian Cattle Industry, you will be immersing yourself in the back bones of Outback Australia and experience the beauty it has to offer.
Becoming part of the team and diving into station life head first teaches you to appreciate yourself, the little things, the cattle industry and the Aussie battlers that work within it; Day in, day out. Rain, hail or shine.
Coming to work as a station hand, there are plenty of things to consider and a tonne of things to learn! You have to take into consideration that although you will only be here for a short time, you will gain so much. Put simply, working on a cattle property isn’t for everyone.
The work comes with physical, emotional and mental challenges, but is the most rewarding work when you stick it out. No two stations operate the same, but the bottom line is, our animals are our number one priority.
A big part of working on the land has to do with the attitude you bring with you and creating the environment you want to work in. Your first week will be overwhelming. But it’s well worth it when you look back on your season and see how far you’ve come and how much you’ve grown. Working on the land is an experience best lived first hand.
You will learn to be patient, prioritize, appreciate where meat comes from and understand the hard work that is put in by Aussie station workers to provide for our country. When your part of the team, you need to appreciate that everybody plays a part. You will learn to value the meaning of teamwork in a remote and rural setting, learning that the little things in life, go a long way.
“Life on the land can be extremely challenging, but sticking it out through the tough times, with your team by your side, is when you can really appreciate and recognize your own self development and growth. You will be physically, mentally and emotionally stronger for it.”