Commonwealth Hill

Located around 110km west of the Stuart Highway, Commonwealth Hill is famous for being the second largest sheep station in Australia at 1,000,000 ha – which is larger than Melbourne.

Commonwealth Hill

Located around 110km west of the Stuart Highway, Commonwealth Hill is famous for being the second largest sheep station in Australia at 1,000,000 ha – which is larger than Melbourne.

Details

Manager

James Barry

location

Coober Pedy region, SA

land size

1,00,000 ha

Day temperatures

40°C through summer. 19°C during winter.

staff

8

stock

30,000 Merino sheep

annual rainfall

175mm

Located west of the Stuart Highway with the turnoff midway between Cooper Pedy and Glendambo, in the North West Pastoral area of South Australia, Commonwealth Hill station is a big run.

In one of the most arid climates in the world, Commonwealth Hill works around 30,000 Merino sheep, lambing down approximately 12,000 ewes – a testament to the practices employed by Manager, James Barry and his team. A Cessna 172 aircraft and motorcycles are used for mustering with air-to-ground UHF communication necessary to keep things moving smoothly.

Work on Commonwealth Hill is incredibly hands-on. It’s fast-paced, exhilarating and a great place to learn about sheep and sustainable land management on a property of this scale that encompasses numerous land systems.

The homestead is somewhat unique; running on 24hour solar power with a backup generator. Proximity to the Stuart Highway encourages participation in social events with neighbouring stations and in Glendambo and Coober Pedy. Key events include:

  • Coober Pedy Races
  • Glendambo Gymkhana

Commonwealth Hill Station

Commonwealth Hill Station
Commonwealth Hill SA 5719, Australia
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