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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Tobruk Australian Outback Experience including Aussie BBQ Lunch

Experience a typical day on a ranch in the Australian outback during an excursion to Tobruk Sheep Station. Travel from Sydney to Tobruk to see skilled stockmen expertly ride horses to round up sheep, then be amazed at a sheep-shearing demonstration that takes just minutes per fleece. Learn to make traditional bush fare like damper and billy tea, and try your hand at throwing a boomerang and cracking a whip. This family-friendly outback experience wraps up with an authentic Aussie barbecue lunch.


  • Half-day Australian outback experience, from Sydney
  • Snack on freshly made damper and billy tea
  • Be amazed at the coordination between the stockman and sheepdog working together to herd sheep
  • Watch a sheep-shearing lesson and learn the history of this craft
  • Enjoy a traditional Aussie barbecue for lunch
  • Learn to throw a boomerang and crack a whip

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What You Can Expect

Tobruk Australian Outback Experience including Aussie BBQ Lunch

Aussie BBQ Lunch at Tobruk Sheep Station

Your day starts with morning pickup from your Sydney hotel and a 70-minute scenic drive to Tobruk Sheep Station. Relax in a climate-controlled bus and take in views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Great Northern Road as you travel.

Australian stockmen on horseback welcome you to the ranch when you arrive. Your first stop is Drover’s Camp, where you learn to prepare traditional stockman’s tucker (food): damper and billy tea, both prepared directly on the campfire. Hear about the history of Tobruk and the life of a stockman as you sip your morning tea and snack on damper served with butter and syrup. Watch how billy tea is made, which includes swinging the pot at arm’s length to make the tea leaves settle prior to drinking. Damper is bread cooked over the heat of the flames.
Upon finishing your morning tea, observe the Stockman’s Roundup, a show of skill that highlights the horse riding skills of the stockman along with the coordination between sheepdog and stockman when rounding up sheep. Keep your camera handy for photo ops!

Next up, witness sheep-shearing, a job that requires great skill and agility. You might even attempt to shear a sheep yourself, under the guidance of a veteran. Take a break from the sheep to enjoy a lunch feast that features a classic Aussie barbecue. Sample from a variety of dishes such as fresh steak, green salad, damper rolls, topped off with a traditional Lamington cake for a sweet dessert treat.

Afterward, your ranch guide shows you techniques for throwing boomerangs accurately and cracking a whip. In the early afternoon, return to Sydney via a road with views of the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury River Valley. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off.


Oven-roasted potatoes and pumpkin
Garden salad
Fresh bread rolls
Lamington cake

Spring water
Apple juice
Tea and coffee
Soft drinks, wine and beer are also available for purchase from the licensed bar

Hotel Pickups:

7.00am Crescent on Bayswater
8.10am Four Seasons (Harrington Street entrance)
8.15am Four Points Sheraton
8.00am Hilton Hotel (Pitt St entrance)
7.35am Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
8.05am Menzies Hotel
7.45am Novotel Darling Harbour
7.50am Parkroyal Darling Harbour
7.55am Rydges World Square (Pitt St entrance)
7.15am Sofitel Wentworth
7.25am Vibe Hotel Sydney
7.30am YHA Sydney Central

Customer Reviews

Forrest R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Such a fun day! All the people at Tobruk Station were amazing! Definintely a highlight of our stay in Sydney!

Bonnie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our absolute favorite tour of all! Our tour guide was the best and the people at the ranch were awesome! Learning to crack a whip and throw a boomerang was really fun. The food was good. LOVED every aspect of this tour!

Sherry R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was a true Aussie experience, and that's what I was looking for!! From the damper and billy tea to the herding of sheep, it was what I expected and more! I was so glad to be in the smaller group of 18 so that we experienced the ability to crack some whips and throw a boomerang. I enjoyed learning the sheep ranch way of life. Thank you, Viator!

Di-Ann E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

My son and I had an incredible time. The folks at Tobruk were warm and educational and fun. The best though was our driver Henry Enrique! who made it all the better for my son and I!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Enjoyed the day very much with a great guide from ATTKings - Henry. He was very knowledgeable about Australia's history and eagerly encouraged and responded to questions. Good introduction to the sheep station way of life in a simulated environment. The working dog show was my favourite - seeing the development of the dogs through their training.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Great experience and excellent and very knowledgeable guide. One of the highlights of our Sydney trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Awesome visit to Tobruk farm.nick the stockman was able to capture our attention with his great sense of humor. Though a bit expensive but after the tour, you will feel money well spend.high recommended.

Kelly-Lee S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Was like truly being in the outback! Our host Nick was fantastic, knowledgable and funny. Money well spent. Getting to pick up points was easy and close.
Viator, your service was terrific

Ingrid W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was a great experience. Our guide at Tobruk was knowledgeable, personal, and had a great sense of humor. He made the experience fun. I loved trying to crack a whip and throwing a boomerang. The barbeque lunch was also nice. It's a shame they don't offer more souvenirs, but there was stuff to buy. An all around fun time. I would highly recommend it.

John G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Driver was every good very good experience all a way around enjoyed very much.

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