Central Station: True Stories of Outback Life - the Good, the Bad and the Dusty
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Meet the people who live and work on Australia's most remote cattle stations, from the Kimberley in WA to northern Queensland, as they share their stories in their own words. Have you ever wondered what it's like living hundreds of kilometres from the nearest supermarket? Or having a million-acre backyard, with your next-door neighbours a two-hour drive away? These compelling true-life stories from the popular Central Station blog will open your eyes to what life is really like on an outback property. A host of cattle stations from outback WA, NT and Queensland share their stories in this book, so there's a huge range of voices and experiences. There are yarns from bosses, station cooks, ringers, truckies, single mums, kids, governesses and chopper pilots, told with humour, self-deprecation - and pride in a job well done. There's the wrench of sending a child off to boarding school and the bone-deep weariness of a full day's mustering. There are tales of working dogs, rogue cattle, hard bloody yakka - but also the fun of a bush wedding or kicking back at a campdraft. There's the simple wonder of living in an amazing landscape, but also the downside - the ravages of flood, fire and drought. And always there's the inherent danger of this isolated life - times when the Flying Doctor came to the rescue, but also times when lives have been cut tragically short. A vivid, honest picture of station life with all its joys and hardships.