About Trilby Station
Outback Pastoral History
Following above average rainfall and flooding of the Darling River in both 2011 and 2012 (where Trilby was isolated by road for three months each time and our mail, stores and of course ourselves had to be air-lifted in/out), Trilby Station is now in the midst of another extremely dry spell – a ripper of a drought in fact, though with an excellent fall of rain over Easter 2019 things are certainly looking up! Living in a semi-arid region of Outback NSW we do expect this, though for not as long!
We've been hand-feeding around 14,000 Merino sheep since October 2017, a time consuming and extremely expensive exercise ... and naturally we're constantly looking to the skies for rain. Given another good fall of rain or two and our sheep will be able to go back to being sheep, grazing the paddocks as opposed to just standing idly by waiting for us to deliver hay and barley. And we won't know what to do with ourselves with no sheep to feed. While out poking around on the station with one of our Mud Maps you can see our healthy sheep and us feeding them daily, a good opportunity to get up close to the livestock, and even a few Brolga’s.
The Darling River is once again flowing after a period that saw just pools of water and long stretches of sand. And with the Warrego River water from flooding in QLD now flowing into the Darling the river should be looking healthy for quite some time.
Our dams are stocked with yabbies’ and they also offer a cool spot to picnic and swim, particularly the ones with shady trees surrounding them.
Trilby Station is situated near the village of Louth, 125km south west of Bourke, NSW Australia, on the Darling River Run. They are well signposted on the western/northern side of the river.
WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT RELY ON GPS WHEN TRAVELLING IN THE OUTBACK....UNLESS YOU ARE HAPPY TO BE LED 'UP THE GARDEN PATH'.
Driving directions are located on the Contact Tab of this website, or you may wish to take the time to look at a good map, such as that found on the Outback Beds Website which you can download online, or call 1800 005 298 for a free copy.
Once a part of the legendary million acre Dunlop, first in the world to complete a sheep shearing by mechanical means in 1888, Trilby Station is 320,000 acres these days, running Merino sheep and an extensive goat enterprise. The Murray family trace their settlement on the Darling River near Louth back six generations to 1860 when Andrew Murray, from County Galway, Ireland, purchased 60 acres of land for 60 pounds sterling, building the Shamrock Inn.
With husband Gary, and children Alex, Tom, AJ and Will, your host Liz thrives on life in the outback. Her vision is to inspire visitors to the station to begin to understand the powerful lure of such an outback lifestyle.