Rawlinna

Located 400km east of Kalgoorlie, WA, Rawlinna is known as Australia’s largest operating sheep station – covering an area roughly the size of Sydney.

Rawlinna

Located 400km east of Kalgoorlie, WA, Rawlinna is known as Australia’s largest operating sheep station – covering an area roughly the size of Sydney.

Details

Manager

Jimmy Wood

location

Rawlinna region, WA

land size

1,011,714 ha

Day temperatures

38°C through summer. 19°C during winter.

staff

15

stock

60,000 Merino sheep

annual rainfall

288mm

Rawlinna has been developed by Jumbuck from infancy – since the previous Managing Director, H.G. MacLachlan first placed a survey peg in the ground during the 1960’s. Now it’s known as the largest sheep station in Australia and is an excellent example of planning and land management.

Rawlinna’s sheer size needs to be seen to be believed. To ensure it is appropriately managed, Depot Outstation was established in the early days with a station crew at both locations.

Mustering and droving, which is done on motorbikes and aircraft to locate the sheep, begins in January. A muster can take up to 100km to get the sheep into the shearing shed at Depot. The 10-week shearing program begins in February, with up to 65,000 head of Merino push through in a good season.

Rawlinna is also a pitstop for the Indian-Pacific train service that operates between Perth and Sydney. The stop offers passengers a unique dining experience to have a meal under the stars and experience the outback and vastness of the Nullarbor.

Although Rawlinna is isolated, it hosts a successful gymkhana known as the “Nullarbor Muster” in the last weekend of April. Events include:

  • Gymkhana
  • Bull riding, saddle Bronc and Bareback
  • Barrel Race
  • Skeet Shoot
  • Iron Man and Iron Woman events
  • Children’s events and much more

Rawlinna

Rawlinna
Rawlinna WA 6434, Australia
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