Trilby Station Activities
Outback NSW Attractions
Gary and son's Tom and Will tend to keep a low profile. "The station doesn't run itself" they say, and they have thousands of four legged 'guests' to keep happy. You might spot them overhead as they muster the sheep and check the station bores from one of their Cessna 172's – their "Toyota's in the sky", or come across them 'out the back' as you explore the station with your 'mud map'.
Here at Trilby Station there's lots to do for the energetic visitor, but you won't be pushed and prodded....if you just want to put your feet up and relax with a good book and a drink - then just do it.
Mud Map Drives:
The station 'Mud Map' tours, approximately 90 km of self-guided tracks (divided into two trips) complete with detailed trip notes and pictorial guide to the most common plant and tree species in this region, provide our visitors with an overview of the station from the black soil floodplains of the river to ironstone ridges and red loam soils further west. Discover what we do in a flood, why the fences are like they are, how we water this vast property, what plants are edible for stock and what are not, the open air museum of early settlers farm machinery, a typical 1950's homestead and snippets of the Murray family history as you peek and poke around at your own pace.
Wandering around the historic station using the station 'mud maps' sets you to wondering what life must have been like in this remote spot at the turn of the century.
- When paddle steamers were the backbone of this vast country and the thriving port of Bourke was the largest wool railhead in the world.
- When modern shearing was pioneered at Dunlop Station (Trilby was originally part of the million acre Dunlop)
- When Samuel McCaughey shore his entire flock of over 180,000 sheep with the newly invented Wolseley shears in 1888.
- When stockmen on horseback, teamsters, shearer's and landowners shaped this regions early history and gave it the reputation of being a hard, dusty frontier land.
Fishing and Yabbying:
The Darling River is renowned for its fishing capabilities, with Murray Cod and Yellow-Belly (aka Golden Perch) being most prized. Cod season is closed from September 1st until December 1st to allow the fish to reproduce in peace and quiet, without anglers harrassing them, which in turn provides more sustainable and robust rivers.
Liz will also provide you with a yabby net or two, along with some bait if she has any on hand, to try your hand at catching yabbies, an old favourite pasttime for anyone connected with the land. They're freshwater crustaceans and grow between 10-20cm (and even up to 30cm on occassion). Boiled just like a prawn or served in a creamy garlic sauce... you can't beat the taste!
The majestic Darling River is an awesome spot to enjoy your peaceful surrounds from a slow-moving canoe, shared only with the wildlife drinking from the edge, the pelicans fishing and the birdlife overhead – and Liz has canoes and kayaks for loan.
Bushwalking, Cycling or Jogging Tracks:
I love the sunburnt country, the land of black soil plains....Take advantage of our 10km of cleared tracks around the accommodation and camping complex for wonderful, peaceful walks, cycling or maybe even daylight jog amongst the dense river gums and the coolabah trees, catching glimpses of kangaroos, emus, feral goats, sheep and more as you go. You will be reminded that you are in river country if a flock of red-tailed black cockatoos fly over, their sounding rendition of kree kree kree echoing through the majestic River Red Gums as you walk.
Memorabilia dating from those times found on the station are on display, along with a vast collection of mounted prints.
A lot of the day to day running of the station happens out in the 'nether regions' but shearing, crutching, lamb marking and some of the mustering are occasionally within easy reach for you to observe.