FOR OUTBACK HISTORY, HOSPITALITY & NATURE
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In the outback, water is everything.
When it rains, water from the high country to the east collects to form a major creek system which flows past the homestead and station buildings. The resulting watering hole, fondly known as "The Creek", has not only supplied water to the homestead and to mobs of sheep and cattle over the years, but to a range of travellers, camel teams, stockmen, drovers, 'roos and emus.
Most people who come to Kirkalocka visit this site which rarely dries, even in the harshest of summers. Water is still pumped to the homestead gardens. Out on the run, wells were dug under extreme conditions last century to open the country up for stock- some wells are over 80 feet deep.
A Summertime Swim.
The property covers 76,000 hectares (187,585 acres) and produced wool for most of the last century from Merino sheep. The land has not been cleared like the farming land further to the south and the animals graze on the natural vegetation. In 1918, a record 18,226 sheep were shorn! Cattle were also run on occasions, though not successfully due to alack of grasses to feed them. The cycle of good rainfall versus drought determined the capacity of the property to feed stock. It was a treacherous balance. In 1998, 58% of the perennial vegetation on Kirkalocka was assessed to be in "poor" condition. We destocked of sheep in 2002 and carefully managed a herd of rangeland goats (with Boer blood infusion). The advance of wild dogs has since changed their grazing pattern significantly as they now seek refuge along the Highway and near the homestead at night.
Lyle Hopkinson (nee Broad) bringing sheep in for shearing - 1960.
A gold mine started in 2002 following a succession of mining companies, with many exploration & drilling programmes taking place over the years. Ten tons of gold were extracted from an open cut pit, almost 200 metres deep. Exploration continues and most of Kirkalocka is still pegged, to the disappointment of prospectors. The mining journey has been a positive for us. A diversification permit to develop a low key tourism venture has also allowed us "to give the land a rest". We are very proud of the results. Our monitoring sites & many plant people who visit, confirm the progress being made.
Kirkalocka Pit 2005.
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