- 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
Recent Photos of This Tour
Cracking the whip!Photo by: Caesarqueen
Reptile ParkPhoto by: Bridget F
Shearing demonstrationPhoto by: Bridget F
Shearing demonstrationPhoto by: Bridget F
My teaPhoto by: Bridget F
Making tea and damperPhoto by: Bridget F
Boomerang lessonPhoto by: Bridget F
On horsebackPhoto by: Bridget F
Stockman with cattle dogPhoto by: Deborah T
What You Can Expect
Upon arrival at Tobruk, Australian stockmen on horseback welcome you to the scenic ranch. Head to Drover’s Camp where you learn how to make traditional stockman’s tucker: billy tea and damper, both prepared directly on the campfire. Damper is bread cooked on the fire; to make billy tea, the pot is swung around at arm’s length so the tea leaves settle on the bottom prior to drinking. 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.
After your tea, see the Stockman’s Roundup, which highlights the horse riding skills of the stockman and the partnership between stockman and sheepdog. Marvel as they herd a flock of 50 sheep from open field to a small fenced area. Keep your camera ready to snap photos, especially if the dog jumps on the back of a wayward sheep!
Next, watch a demonstration of sheep-shearing, a practice that requires great skill and agility. During the demonstration, listen to the shearer’s stories about the craft and how the sheep’s fleece is transformed into yarn and cloth. Under the guidance of a veteran, you may even try shearing a sheep yourself.
After all the action, enjoy a tasty lunch of Aussie barbecue with a range of dishes such as succulent steaks, fresh damper rolls, green salad, and a traditional Lamington cake for dessert — delicious!
When you've finished eating, learn from the experts how to throw a boomerang and crack a whip, then give it a try yourself.
In the early afternoon, return to Sydney to end your tour, catching views of the Hawkesbury River Valley and Blue Mountains on your drive.
Oven-roasted potatoes and pumpkin
Fresh bread rolls
Tea and coffee
Soft drinks, wine and beer are also available for purchase from the licensed bar
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
Great experience and excellent and very knowledgeable guide. One of the highlights of our Sydney trip.
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.
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
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.
Driver was every good very good experience all a way around enjoyed very much.
This was a fun half day and lunch was yummy! In the morning we had some damper bread which is Australia's traditional bread with honey and some Billy Tea. Both are made over the camp fire. The bread was delicious and I bought some Billy Tea at the gift shop to take home with me. The sheep shearing demonstration was interesting and the guide made it look so easy. We were taught how to throw a boom-a-rang and had fun doing it. They also threw in a tractor ride. The hotel pick up and drop off helps to make the day an easy day. This tour is worth the price and I highly recommend it.