Experience life on the land at this picturesque outback station on the banks of the Darling River.
Staying at Trilby Station is a unique and truly authentic outback experience. Fringing the Darling River around 125km southeast of Bourke, Trilby is 320,000 acres of sheep and goat farm. It’s a colourful kaleidoscope of outback landscapes, from the bird-filled river red gums on the banks of the Darling and the treeless black soil flood plains to the ironstone ridges, red loam soils and mulga scrublands. When we visited in Spring the property was awash in wildflowers; little gems of white, pink, purple and yellow popping gleefully against the deep red outback soil. And don’t even get me started on the star-filled night skies, where the Milky Way is so dazzling it almost casts shadows.
Trilby is owned and managed by the Murray family, as it has been for six generations. Visiting as a guest feels somewhat like gaining a privileged glimpse into life on the land; the ‘real Australia’ many of us dream about but very few will truly experience. A chat with owner Liz Murray and the completion of the ‘Mud Maps’ 4WD tour will give you insights into farming practices, how they deal with floods and droughts, what happens when someone has a baby and all the things on the ‘to do’ list on the monthly day in town (Cobar, 160km away).
Trilby offers a range of accommodation to suit all budgets and styles of traveller. Meal and nibbles packages are available for an additional rate per person, with Liz’s home-style cooking guaranteed to satisfy.
RIVERSIDE CAMPING AND CARAVAN SITES
There’s self-sufficient camping on the banks of the Darling River plus powered sites on higher ground. Both are suitable for camper trailers and caravans, with the riverside sites idyllically nestled in amongst the red gums with fire pits at each site. If secluded camping on the Darling is what you’re after, you won’t find a much better option than this. The powered sites are around 100m back from the river, close to the camp kitchen, bathroom facilities, gas barbeque and paved fire pit, and all camping guests are welcome to use the swimming pool and complete the Mud Maps tour. Per night tariff for unpowered sites is $23 per couple and $30 per family, while powered sites are $30 per couple and $40 per family.
ROOM FOR A CROWD IN THE SHEARERS’ QUARTERS
Bunkhouse-style accommodation is available in the shearers’ quarters, which has been recently rebuilt after the original building was destroyed by fire. As such the shearers’ bunkhouse is modern and very comfortable, the best a shearer would be likely to find anywhere in the outback and plenty comfy for a road-weary traveller such as yourself. There are six twin share rooms with air conditioners plus another three with ceiling fans, and all beds have electric blankets. There’s a wonderful common dining/living room with space for a crowd and a well-equipped caterer’s kitchen, making the shearers’ quarters perfect for larger groups. What fun to have a group of friends and/or family staying together in a bunkhouse in the outback, where many a shearer and stockman have stayed before! Outside, there’s a paved fire pit for happy hour tall tales and roasted marshmallows. Bathroom and laundry facilities in the bunkhouse are shared.
Accommodation in the shearers’ quarters is $70 per twin room self-catered, or $110 per adult and $60 per child for accommodation, nibbles, dinner, dessert and a cooked breakfast.
COMFORT AND PRIVACY IN SELF-CONTAINED COTTAGES
If you’re a couple or a smaller group and would like more private lodgings, there are two self-contained cottages available, both facing onto the swimming pool and the main homestead garden.
The larger of the two is the Overseers Cottage, fully enclosed in its own fenced yard and warmly furnished in antique and country style pieces. It has two bedrooms (a double and a triple single), a bathroom, dining/lounge area, a well-equipped country kitchen and an excellent undercover back patio living space/barbeque area looking over towards the shearing shed and the river. Kids will love playing in their own private backyard, which is lovely and grassy and totally secure. The shared pool area is adjacent to the yard. The cottage has wooden floorboards throughout and is air conditioned and heated, with a TV.
The Jillaroo’s Cottage is also two bedrooms (a queen and a twin single), and is equipped with a kitchenette and casual dining area, a private outhouse bathroom and a veranda overlooking the pool area with a gas barbeque. It is air conditioned and heated, and has a TV.
The Overseers Cottage starts from $125 per couple, per night, while the Jillaroo’s Cottage is $115 per couple, per night. For a package that includes happy house nibbles, dinner, desert, a cooked breakfast and accommodation you’ll be looking at $125 per person for both cottages, and $60 for children.
If you have a yearning for a true blue outback experience on a working property, Trilby Station is worth a visit. The Travel In team highly recommends you plan to stay more than one night to make the most of the many activities available at Trilby and to really sink your teeth into life in the outback.
Trilby Station is located on Louth Tilpa Rd, between Tlpa and Louth, NSW. Book now to stay at Trilby Station.