I don't seem to bounce as well as I used to, so I resort to this in the rocky country.
I don’t seem to bounce as well as I used to, so I resort to this in the rocky country.
 
 
 
 

Originally from Brisbane I have lived here now for 28 years.  It really doesn’t seem that long.  I traveled around Australia extensively before getting married which was just as well because when I did enter the state of Holy Matrimony we didn’t get away from Kilcowera much for the first 15 or so years.

 

I have always enjoyed an active lifestyle, never been a couch potato, except maybe when I have a new Steven King to read!  I love reading all sorts of stuff and I will often sneak off for an SR (sneaky read).  I also enjoy watching movies and cooking (sort of, I must say I am getting a bit sick of it, all those bloody cakes and biscuits which I try not to eat. Himself eats them all!!). 

 

Gardening has always been at the top of my list of hobbies and it is especially challenging in this climate both for the garden and the Gardener.

 

Photography has always been with me, I just love the feel of a beautiful camera in my hands or even my first digital camera a little Canon Ixus– “Junior”.  It takes beautiful pictures and I can slip it in my pocket when out mustering or fencing or doing work in the cattle yard.

 

I think we got our first computer in about 1995 and I am totally self taught on anything to do with them.  What a learning curve and what fun – every time I get a new one it’s nearly like starting again!  I got a laptop late last year with Vista and Word 07 on it among other things.  So far all I have done on it is surf the web.  Haven’t even learned how to save a document on it yet.  It’s a very nice computer but I just have not had the time to learn how to drive it.

 

Skyfox on an airstrip at Kilcowera Station, Outback Queensland.

 

 

 

Aviation has always interested me and living out here gave me the opportunity to learn to fly.  We used to have such trouble trying to line up musterers and a pilot and plane at the same time for mustering we decided to learn ourselves and buy our own plane. And so we did.  I have been flying now since 1990 and still love it.  Cruising around up there really adds another dimension to your life.

 

 

 I did have a beautiful, beautiful little Chihuahua who was my constant companion but sadly she died of pleurisy in August 08 at the age of 13.  A wonderful man by the name of Peter Slater did a painting of her from a photo that he took and sent it out to me.  I have had the painting framed and it’s ready to go up on the wall but I can’t put it up just yet.  I still miss her too much.  Holly loved to chase roos and lizards and in her prime was even known to have a face off with a ram.  She loved a swim and going to town, bones, soft blankets and camping with us.  She didn’t like having a bath or the sound of the clock ticking on 60 minutes or crows though.

 

Holly

 

We opened up our Station Stay business in 2000 and have seen a steady growth with quite a few repeat visitors.  We love sharing our part of the world with visitors and giving them an insight into our lives out here.  It takes all sorts.  We’ve had foreigners, lots of photographers, pilots, birdwatchers, flora enthusiasts, 4 WD people, retirees, campers and caravanners.  I tell you who we haven’t had though and that’s a geologist, oohhh I would love to get one here so I could learn about the past through the rocks and soils.  I would also like to see school groups visiting for their annual camp.  Do those camps always have to be to the coast or the snow?

 

Any way this is a pretty long “about” page so I’ll call it quits now.  Byeee.  Toni

 

                                                 Holly

Holly 1995 – 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                        

 

 

 

 
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32 Responses to “About”

  1. Hi Toni
    I live in Brisbane and I have been invited to Winton to Judge a show and do a two day workshop in May- I have never been to the Outback. So that is exciting. Having been born and lived in landlocked country of Malawi Central Africa –
    The reason for this e mail is Please can I paint from your photo called Cattle Yard Kilcowera station – As an artist Watercolour and Pastel I tend to make lots of changes “Artistic licence” but I still like to ask permission. see my work on http://www.shirleycharlton.com I may think of teaching a workshop at Kilcowera if enought students are interested. Cheers Shirl

    • zenonie said

      Thank you for contacting me Shirl, you can paint from my image, I’d like to see the end result though. If you can get students to come out here for a workshop that would be great. There are a few artists around Quilpie and they do workshops. Money is available through a Government grant to do various things that would benefit the community in a cultural way. the grants are administered through the RADF. Cheers Toni ( Good luck in Winton ! )

  2. Bill Cameron said

    Where is Kilicowera Station ? I have looked through your website and found it very interesting as we are looking at visiting a station in August.

    Look forward to your response

    Tks Bill Caameron

    • zenonie said

      Sorry I didn’t reply at the time Bill, if your still looking you may get this message. We are in SW Qld, right out near the SA and NSW Border. Regards Toni

  3. Melinda Coombes said

    Hello,

    My name is Mel Coombes and I am a Graphic Designer working on a stamp issue to be released by Australia Post next year. I am currently trying to track down a photograph of a motorbike used for mustering in Australia. I have an image of a Kawasaki Stockman (a current model) but the bike I need is one manufactured in the 1990s… Kawasaki, Honda whatever you would use. I don’t think the researchers will mind if the model is later. If you have any images of bikes I could use I would be most appreciative and Australia Post would provide you with
    stamps and products and credits if your photograph is incorporated in my design. The angle of the bike I need for the photograph is it facing to the right but angled about 30 degrees to the camera. I understand you must be extremely busy and appreciate any time you can spare to follow this up for me.

    P.S. Just saw your photograph of Holly… I have Chaz the long Haired Chihuahua sitting here in my studio while I work. Also, am very interested in bringing my family to your station for an outback experience… when is best time of year?

    Kind Regards,

    Mel

    • zenonie said

      Hi Mel, do you still want the image? I have been away and only just got home. I don’t know if I have what you want but let me know if you still want it and I’ll trawl through my files and see what I can find. Toni

    • zenonie said

      Hi Mel, any time from mid March through to September is great in the outback! Look after Chaz! Cheers Toni

  4. Gina T said

    Hello Toni ,
    The State Library of Queensland would like to archive your website in PANDORA a National Library Australia initiative to preserve our online documentary heritage. Could you please contact me so that I can send you a formal permission request?
    Regards
    Gina

  5. Rosemary Hill said

    Hi Toni,

    I am doing a journalism video project at University of Technology Sydney on the CWA 90th anniversary and wonder if you would give me permission to use your photos of the party line. One of the ladies I interviewed told me about her party line. I found your blog about this and other stories very entertaining.

    Regards,

    Rosemary Hill

  6. Mandy said

    G’Day Toni,
    I’m a cattle farmer from the inside country (between Inverell & Goondiwindi) and have just discovered your blog in the most round about of ways. Perusing The Land last week (as you do), we came across a lease advertisement for Boorara Station, and through internet stalking I came across your writings. Fantastic. I love the way you string the words together and will be keen to follow and learn more of your country. All the best,
    Mandy

  7. Hi Toni, I’ve just found your site and I love it. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful and challenging life. I’m a writer and your site has given me much needed insite into the life on a cattle station. Apart from the daily chores and the work which appears never ending, I’m particularly interested in the flowers and plants which grow in your area and thanks to your site, I intend to use as ‘flavour’ in my current ms. My sincere hugs for the loss of Holly. Three years ago I ‘lost’ eight months apart, my two long time companions. Kelly, a cattle cross kelpie we had for 17 years and Snoopy a little foxy cross maltese for 15. And yes it took me ages to finally put photos up too. I worked for a short time on a cattle station west of Alice Springs in my younger years when travelling around Australia. Awesome & breathtaking landscape.
    If I ever get up your way I would love to call in and meet you. If you would like to contact me, my email details is on my site: http://www.segilchrist.com
    All the best, Suzanne.

  8. Look forward to hearing more Toni…it is a great part of the world you live in, and with more than a passing interest in aviation is that a Gazelle on the airstrip…?

    We toured much of the region over the years in our Piper Arrow (since traded for our 4WD’s!)…

    Cheers, Baz, The Landy!

  9. beafunmum said

    Hi Toni!

    I’m from Brisbane too (I’m in Brisbane currently) but have moved around Australia a lot during the last decade and will be moving again in the next couple of years. I found your blog because I’m looking for some information about keeping cattle in the outback. My question is about keeping cattle in vast areas (where it is not possible to fence — yes??). How do you keep cattle together? Keep track of them? Is it through water stations, wells?

    Kindest regards

    Kelly

    • zenonie said

      Grrh, I answered this in great detail, but the reply is gone, God alone would know where. To summarise – most places fenced, if not fenced it may have a natural boundary such as a river or mountains or crappy country that stock don’t visit. Or it may just be too far from water. a few years ago up in the Pilbara on a largely unfenced 1,000,000 acres, I went up in a plane with the pilot, mustering, they grabbed anything they could find in about a 10k radius, branded the cleanskins, put them into another paddock and let the rest go. If everyone did this it would work out reasonably fair – unless someone starts mustering twice! Most of us use some form of aerial support to find the cattle. Cheers Toni

  10. Steph said

    Great blog! Have you thought about hosting Central Station for a week? http://www.centralstation.net.au

  11. Monique said

    Hi Toni, I work for Bush Telegraph on Radio National. This blog is fantastic. I’m researching stories from stations. Is there a number I can reach you on? Would you mind getting in contact? I’m on bowley.monique@abc.net.au . Thanks

  12. david said

    hello i was wondering if you hire anyone for cattle station work or volunteers as i am very interested in working on a cattle station
    thanks david

    • zenonie said

      David we have volunteers come and help out occassionally. We would like to know a lot more about you first though! Age, interests, physicality, willingness to work, work experience, capable of handling isolation, why you would like to visit, can u drive, do you smoke, what would u expect from a visit to Kilcowera etc, Cheers Toni

      • david said

        hi toni
        i am 22
        i like to ride motorbikes ,outdoors , (hiking camping fishing adventure.
        i am able to do long hours of work
        i love working and enjoy it with a passion i dont like to sit around doing nothing
        i thrive on hard work
        i have mostly warehousing work i have mechanical skills
        i enjoy being in the country and away from the city
        i would like to visit to learn about working on a cattle station and the country life is like.
        i have a manual car licence and i have own car
        i do smoke
        i would expect to leave knowing more about cattle stations and working and living in the country is like and if possible a permanent position thanks david

      • zenonie said

        Hi David, thank you for your reply. You do sound like a great young bloke but for the next few months we really don’t need any help. And there would never be a job at the end of the volunteering position as we simply cannot afford to have someone on full time.. We also dislike the practice of smoking with a passion and consider it to be the biggest turn off to having someone sharing our space. Once again thank you and all the best.

        PS If you are keen you could try these people as they help to place volunteers and backpackers in the west. His name is Jake Berghofer at Springvale Station Eulo 46551749 Cheers Toni

        slcowera Station – Life on an outback Queensland Cattle Station [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] Sent: Friday, 1 January 2016 5:52 PM To: gtsherwin@bigpond.com Subject: [Kilcowera Station – Life on an outback Queensland Cattle Station] Comment: “About”

  13. zenonie said

    Hi David, thank you for your reply. You do sound like a great young bloke but for the next few months we really don’t need any help. And there would never be a job at the end of the volunteering position as we simply cannot afford to have someone on full time.. We also dislike the practice of smoking with a passion and consider it to be the biggest turn off to having someone sharing our space. Once again thank you and all the best.
    PS If you are keen you could try these people as they help to place volunteers and backpackers in the west. His name is Jake Berghofer at Springvale Station Eulo 46551749 Cheers Toni

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