Riding The Bull in Kroombit

Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
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Trip End Jun 11, 2009


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Kroombit Cattle Station

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Leaving Airlie beach the day started early about 6ish so I got a good 4 hours of sleep.  Thing got interesting right off the get go as me and Dusko had a disturbing encounter with one of the other people in our dorm room.  We stopped for a bit of lunch and a lawn bowling session at midday. Apparently lawn bowling is a pretty serious sport over here which is a little ridiculous to me, but Aussies can be a bit strange.  The bus ended up breaking down in the place we were lawn bowling so it added a bit more excitement.  It was a little scary there for a while as we waited for the bus to be fixed or replaced as the town was basically just a retirement village and I don't imagine it has much more entertainment then the lawn-bowling club if we had to stay the night.

Avoiding a night of fun at the lawn-bowling club the bus arrived in Kroombit the evening which made it a long day of traveling.  Kroombit is about the closest I will get to true outback.  It over the great dividing range so its a pretty arid, dry place. All that really happens in Kroombit is cattle farming.  I stayed at a cattle station of about 10000 acres with thousands of head of cattle and a couple hundred goats. Once the bus arrived everyone had a little fun learning how to crack a whip, doing some limbo and my favorite a mechanical bull competition. I'm proud to say I emerged victorious beating the next guy by only 1 buck of the bull. I regretted it a bit afterward though as my thighs were recked. I literally could not bend my knees for a good half hour.

In the morning there was more excitement as everyone took part in a bit of a goat rodeo and a goat muster which was really cool.  I learned how to throw a lasso and then we made teams and had a little time trial competition.  The objective was to simulate the branding of a goat. So, two of us went into a ring with goat, we had to catch the goat drag it by the horns over to the other guy and then flip it by grabbing it legs and lifting it off the ground then holding it down with your knees.  Then you would brand it (we didn't actually brand it though). We did a few other goat competitions and then headed out on horses to muster the goats out to passage. We herd the goats by getting up behind them and yelling loudly.  We took the goats a couple of kilometers over all sorts of different terrain. The job was made harder by the fact that goats are extremely horny creature. But after a little hard work we managed to muster all of the goat to pasture.

So that was a fun little stop over and after the muster it was off to Rainbow Beach.
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