Red dirt, dingoes, blazing sunsets; this is the real Aussie outback experience you’ve been looking for…
Spanning a quarter of a million acres of breathtaking bushland in Western Australia’s Murchison region, Wooleen Station offers an authentic glimpse at life in the outback. With a touch of luxury.
Owned by the Pollock family, Wooleen Station has been providing traditional Aussie outback hospitality for more than 30 years now. However, hosts David and wife Frances have truly transformed the cattle station into an eco-tourism destination in recent years by providing an array of nature-based experiences, including dingo encounters.
That’s right, guests can get up close to Australia’s top-order land-based predator, otherwise more affectionately known as Eulalia and Steven, the station’s two resident dingoes. As well as being deceptively cute (they are still predators after all), the dingoes also serve the purpose of reducing overgrazing from kangaroos, a large part of the Pollocks’ commitment to regenerating the land.
Wooleen also offers guided sunset tours where you can learn about the ecology, Aboriginal heritage and biodiversity of what are the oldest lands in the world, followed by sunset drinks and nibbles perched on a granite outcrop. Not a bad way to end the day if you ask us.
Avid bird watchers will also want to keep an eye out for the station’s many birds, including hawks, exotic parrots and bower birds, which fly in for a pitstop at the station’s windmills and waterholes.
As for accommodation options, guests looking for a luxurious outback experience can stay in the charming homestead. Listed by the Australian National Trust, the heritage homestead was built in 1918 and features seven Edwardian-style bedrooms and three renovated bathrooms, providing all the creature comforts and country charm you could possibly need.
After a day of mountain biking or bush-walking, guests can settle in for a relaxing candle-lit dinner alongside hosts David and Frances in the formal dining room followed by a glass of wine or two from the cellar stocked with WA wines and a game at the full-sized billiard table.
In the morning, you can settle into one of the homestead’s many reading nooks or perch outside on the colonial veranda with a hot cup of tea in hand. Or, in the very valid pursuit of caffeine, you can venture out to the station’s new café and reception, Milimanmanha, for a barista-made coffee.
For a more private experience, visitors can also book a guesthouse. Complete with two bedrooms, a full kitchen, barbeque area and open fireplace, the self-contained guesthouses are perfect for families or couples.
And of course, for those who want to roast marshmallows beneath the stars, there are two campsites at the Murchison River offering firepits, a star show like you’ve never seen before and natural beauty in spades.
Located some 700 kilometres north-northeast of Perth, Wooleen Station is a 90-minute flight or a 7.5-hour drive from Perth. If you’re looking to drive, consider making a pitstop in Dongara or Geraldton to get your dose of the Coral Coast before going country.
Wooleen is open for tourism from April to October each year – find out more and get booking here.
Image Credit: Wooleen Station