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
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.
Beverages: Spring water Apple juice 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