|Cobar is a nice little mining town and we enjoyed our stay at the one and only caravan park, although we had fairly cold weather. Moved on from Cobar to Louth via 60kms dirt track and 40+kms bitchy. An easy days travelling. Lots of feral goats to spot along the way!
Arrived at Trilby Station to a note on the back door of the homestead saying 'back in a bit, make yourselves at home, grab an info folder from the step'. The owners of Trilby are Gary and Liz Murray, Gary is a fifth generation Murray who settled on the Darling River from Ireland in 1860. Liz came to work as a Jillaroo when she was younger and never left! They have four very successful children. The eldest daughter (28) an architect in Sydney has represented Australia twice for full-bore .308 rifle shooting at the World Championships in Bisley, UK. Tom (27) has also shot twice at Bisley for Australia, chopper mustered in the Kimberley's, flew for the SES during the floods of Dec 10 - March 11 and now currently works six weeks on four weeks off based out of Indonesia for mining companies. He comes home to the station on his 'four off'. AJ (17) is still at boarding school (TAS Armidale) he has toured NZ with the TAS first cricket team and travelled to Thailand, volunteering in an AIDS Orphanage. Will is the youngest (15) and also at boarding school. When Will was 13 he spent 10 days volunteering in an orphanage in a remote area of Fiji and now has his fingers crossed for selection for the Rugby Tour of NZ. Liz also enjoys overseas travel, she has hiked the Kokoda Track, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and spent time in remote African villages, but Gary is hard to prise away from the property.
Trilby Station is 127,721 acres. Approx 26,000 is Darling River flood plain. In 2008 they added 3 other stations to their holdings, making their total area just over 320,000 acres. The run the property without any permanent staff, they make very good use of their children whenever they can. All four children were capable of driving on their own by age 7, and began helping to muster at the age of 3 on their own 'peewee'. At age 10 Will (their youngest) dug their rubbish tips with the excavator all on his own. Feral goats are a very important income factor to the Murray's. They have around 20,000 sheep and also muster around 20,000 feral goats each year.
Just past the homestead their is a large hangar that houses two planes. Gary's workhorse is a Cessna 172, his Toyota in the sky. They also own a couple of helicopters but these are hired out to another station at the moment.
Our first impressions of Trilby are that its a private paradise! (That they share with tourists like us). They had floods from Jan-Mar this year, everything is quite green and the billabong is full. Very pretty and peaceful.