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Wooleen Station

Episode: 14
Title: Wooleen Station
Broadcast: 6th May 2018
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane

WA is such a huge state, and these are so many exciting destinations to discover, but too often we are focused on the coast missing inland gems... like Wooleen station. It’s an 8-and-a-half-hour drive north from Perth, in Australia’s beautiful golden outback, covering over a quarter of a million acres of picturesque landscape, it’s cattle station plays a leading role in preserving and sustaining the unique ecology of the region, its a station stay with a real difference, and an incredible story behind it.

  • The chance to encounter the real outback is rare for city folk, it’s a great way to learn some history, together with an authentic station stay experience; the tourism element to Wooleen Station was introduced in1993 by Brett and Helen Pollock as a way to earn income and decrease the amount of sheep on the property. David Pollock and partner Frances now run Wooleen Station and destock as much as financially possible as a recovery technique for this fragile environment. They firmly believe that tourism should help nurture conservation and rehabilitation of our natural and cultural heritage.
  • Listed by the Australian National Trust, the Homestead offers a luxurious way to experience the Australian outback. The 1200sqm Homestead with wide colonial verandahs surrounded by heritage buildings create a one-of-a-kind opportunity to look back in time to the hay-day of the Murchison region.
  • The nearby Yewlands Pool is a fascinating ecology system in its own right, attracting thousands of birds when the nearby rivers fill it. The station has 36km of the Murchison river and another 37km of the Roderick River running through it, feeding the unique wetlands system.
  • The oldest known samples in the world of the earth’s crust, zircons were located 100kms north of Wooleen at Jack Hills, and are dated at 4.4 billion years old. Wajarri Yamatji aboriginal people have inhabited Wooleen for thousands of years. Many Wadjarri people regularly traverse the property to hunt and practice their culture.
  • This is a uniquely Australian experience that offers guided nature tours and aboriginal cultural tours alongside the unique homestead experience. This is a unique special holiday experience you will always remember.

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