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Australian outback holidays let you leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind. If this is what you're after then pack the swag, slap on the Akubra hat and head for an outback station.

Kick back and enjoy the peaceful pastoral existence where the sound of silence and good old-fashioned hospitality reign supreme.Horseback riding, The Kimberley


Outback stations, some the size of small European countries, dot the landscape of Australia's Golden Outback, Australia's Coral Coast and Australia's North West.

Here, you're offered the chance to muck in and contribute to daily outback life. Forget emails and mobiles - get back-to-basics living on the land.

Try your hand at cracking a stock whip and learn more about life on a remote station.

At a station stay, you can watch dinky-di cowboys and strong-as-ox stockmen muster cattle and herd sheep, then share in their heroic tales around an open camp-fire. Yee-ha!

Accommodation at outback stations range from rustic shearing quarters and grand homesteads to a swag under the stars.

Working stations are scattered around the Western Australian character-filled country towns including Carnarvon, Exmouth and Broome.

You'll also find stations and homesteads along the famed Gibb River Road four wheel drive track between Derby and Kununurra.

For the crème de la crème of stations head to El Questro, sprawled across 405,000 spectacular hectares in the Kimberley.

The working cattle farm is blessed with deep red tidal flats, rugged ranges, gnarled gorges, lush rainforests and thunderous waterfalls.

Windmill at SunsetMt Elizabeth Station is a working cattle station set on the untouched lands between Derby and Kununurra.

Here, you can learn firsthand about life on a cattle station.

The comfy homestead and camping facilities provide a great base to explore the rugged beauty of the surrounding wilderness.

In Yalgoo, you'll find Thundelarra Station.

Wherever you lay your hat for the night, you'll find host families offering warm, friendly banter, a hot shower and hearty, homemade fare as part of their famous country hospitality.



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