What life is like living on a remote cattle station

Posted December 02, 2018 05:00:00

Photo: The Brook family has operated Cordillo Downs since the 1980s. (ABC News: Gary-Jon Lysaght)

Flying an aeroplane to pick up bread from the local bakery is something most Australians cannot relate to, but it is the unique reality for some who call Central Australia home.

Janet and Anthony Brook own Cordillo Downs cattle station in South Australia’s far north-east.

Managing $15,000 grocery bills, operating under a different time zone and battling the extremes of Central Australia’s weather are all part of everyday life.

But they would not have it any other way.

Photo: Cordillo Downs station runs Hereford cattle, which are certified as organic. (ABC News: Gary-Jon Lysaght) Attracting a new workforce

While Mr and Mrs Brook have lived at Cordillo Downs for almost 20 years, there are a number of employees on the station who have not grown up there.

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