Tourist rush to start soon on Kilcowera Station

WITH Summer and its incessant heat drawing to a close, Greg and Toni Sherwin will soon be opening Kilcowera Station’s gates to adventurers traversing Outback Queensland.

By showing country hospitality to travellers, the pair act as rural ambassadors, explaining the ins and outs of life on the organic beef property and the synergy that exists between agriculture, native vegetation and wildlife.

“It is satisfaction, you know. We love our place and love showing people around.”

The Sherwins’ work ethic and passion for the Bush was recognised by South West NRM when they were awarded the 2016 Mulga Award for Innovation.

South West NRM focuses on achieving sustainable landscapes for rural communities through economic, environmental, cultural and social projects.

South West NRM’s Mulga Award for Innovation highlighted the Sherwins’ efforts to welcome tourists to Kilcowera Station and teach them about life in the Bush from economic, environmental and sustainable perspectives.

“We get across a message that we are looking after the environment,” Mrs Sherwin says.

“Some city people have the perception that we may flog the land. We educate them about food production.”

Come April, when tourist season starts, caravans, motor-bikes and planes will inundate Kilcowera Station, keeping the Sherwins busy as hosts, tour guides and educators.

Mrs Sherwin is certain of one thing when tourists visit: they are amazed at how well sheep and cattle do even if drought persists.

“Here we have them on our place and they can check fences, sheds, and cattle,” Mrs Sherwin says.

“It opens many people’s eyes to see how we live and how things are done.”

The pair currently run 400 head of cattle spread across 200,000 acres on Kilcowera Station and neighbouring Zenonie.

Kilcowera Station, noted for its Mulga Rangelands, wetlands and birdlife, averages 1000 guests a year.

“We have been doing this for 17 years and some people come and say ‘we’ve never stayed on a cattle property before’ because many just stay in caravan parks.

“The environment and cattle are drawcards.”

Tourists are greeted for a 30-minute chat about the property and tour options; receive information booklets they can use when driving around the property; and, in return, provide the Sherwins with contact to other parts of the world.

“It is nice to have people around and have a chat” Mrs Sherwin says.

“We’ve made good friends over the years.”

Some regulars even return to caretake while the Sherwins go on holiday.

Kilcowera Station, located 90 kilometres south of Thargomindah, is vital for Bulloo Shire tourism.

“There is a sense of validation of work for the wider community,” Mrs Sherwin says.

“We are important to Bulloo Shire as a tourist attraction.”

 

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Prepared by Martin Volz, Media Officer, martin.volz@swnrm.org.au

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