“For Lease: Boorara Station – 285,000 acres” – the adventure continues…..
As the moon set over the cattle yards and the sun breached the eastern horizon we climbed out of swags and looked forward to the day. I followed the moon to the yards and penned my first Boorara animal – a big buck grey kangaroo. Most of the roos we had seen up to this point were the western reds, gorgeous creatures with coats of copper red.
We drove to the eastern part of the property and within half an hour had found a lot more than six goats. We drove over a stony range
found thick mulga, open grasslands, wetlands and gilgai (melon-hole) country.
We found another desolate hut, more brumby yards, a good set of cattle/goat yards, another big pig and more boggy ground. We found dry earth-tanks, broken windmills,
two distant brumby mobs and lots of red sand. Then we found the breakaway country
and goats by the hundreds. We were starting to get very excited now. Water-goats-brumbies-cattle-tourism-adventure – we were running wild with dreams.
Late in the afternoon we bounced up a rocky jump-up and found mobile reception! We rang and asked for a contract to lease Boorara Station.
And that’s where the excuses started and we were told the station would not be leased.
The dream born on 285,000 acres was dashed upon that craggy knoll.
Our Boorara Odyssey was two years ago and the station has since been sold. Adjoining the wondrous Wyara and Numalla Lakes of Currawinya it now forms part of the largest National Park in Queensland.
But Boorara comes back to me in scented dreams: of billy goats running through breakaways, of brumby stallions marking their territory, of cautious cattle hidden near watering points, of gidgee trees, of an unlikely sea breeze, and the sulphurous aroma of artesian water.
Smells like adventure to me.