Found in five acres of forest on the Lochenbar cattle station, central Queensland, the Kroombit experience is one that shouldn’t be missed. It’s real outback living and if you don’t instantly feel like you’ve been transported into 80s movie City Slickers, then the cowboy business ain’t for you partner.
The only downside is the flies. There’s so many that you’ll spend the night kung-fuing thin air in a bid to keep them out of your nose.
However, we’re in the Outback so get used to it. After some good old fashioned cowboy tucker – slabs of meat in a prison issue style metal tray – the activities get underway. First up is the mechanical bull. Piece of piss I thought, unfortunately this one’s a bit tastier than those at home and had me flying into the expectant crowd in no time.
Almost as soon as the sun rises you’re back into it, with some whip cracking, a spot of clay pigeon shooting and the chance to, erm, wrestle a goat. You can even go horse riding and quad biking.
Obviously a life-long ambition for many people, goat wrestling sees teams of three thrown into a Gladiator’s style ring, whilst an irate looking bit of livestock soils itself in anticipation of the melee to come.
Despite the peculiarity of the whole situation, it’s all great fun, making any trip to Kroombit Park more than worth it.
There are day trips, week long stays and even opportunities to work on the farm on offer, so for more information simply mosey online to www.kroombit.com.au
By Andrew Nagy