Ranching Down Under

The Kimberley is a diverse area of rugged beauty, or red rocky outcrops intertwined with the rich fertile soils of the Ord River. (Courtesy photo)

By Samantha Hall

For many years farmers and pastoralists have been drawn to the east Kimberley area of far north western Australia. The Kimberley is a diverse area of rugged beauty, of red rocky outcrops intertwined with the rich fertile soils of the Ord River.

The Ord River stretches for 650 kilometres and is one of Australia’s fastest flowing rivers.Europeans first explored and settled the Kimberley in the 1880’s and despite heavy monsoon rainfall of the wet season, and the inevitable droughts that the annual dry season brings, the Kimberley was primarily cattle country.

One of the first pioneering Caucasian families to settle in the area was the Durack family. The Durack family made the epic journey from New South Wales on the east coast of Australia. To read more pick up a copy of the March 2016 issue of NTFR.