Woolshed - Cordillo Downs Station - NE South Australia by Jeff Catford
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The woolshed at Cordillo Downs once had stands for 120 shearers which makes it Australia’s biggest woolshed.

It was a good thing that it was so big, because by the early 20th century, Cordillo Downs, with 85,000 sheep, was Australia’s biggest sheep station.

Not any more though. Today, the station runs cattle … ~7,000 of them.

Buggered if I know what the cattle eat though. There’s not a lot of grass out there. There’s not a lot of trees either, which is why the woolshed is made of stones .. they’ve got lots of them … :-)
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The Cordillo Downs Homestead and Woolshed, Cordillo Downs Station are listed together on the Register of the National Estate and the SA State Heritage Register
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Cordilo Downs Station is in the far NE corner of South Australia on the track between Innamincka and Birdsville.
When you go, and go you should, there’s a beaut place to camp at Cadelga Ruins ~90 kms from the woolshed towards Birdsville.
Oh… probably best to do it in a 4WD… and not at all if it’s been raining … :-)

Again, but in monochrome
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Woolshed – Cordillo Downs Station – NE South Australia was featured in History – June 2009__

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  • depictd
    depictdover 6 years ago

    Wow, what a hard way to earn a dollar, and I don’t think they are air conditioning units on the roof so I’m guessing it got pretty warm inside… us modern folk are so soft.

    This colour shot really seems to emphasise the heat and the harshness of the place, more so that the black and white me thinks. Nice one.

  • You’re right depictd, they’re not air conditioning units on the roof… :-)

    Surprisingly, it was quite cool inside and not a breath of the wind that was blowing pretty strongly outside. I’m not sure that it would be that comfortable in the summer though, when temperatures are constantly in the mid to high 30s and sometimes well beyond.

    It is a harsh environment indeed, but it is truly beautiful.

    – Jeff Catford

  • Beth Mills
    Beth Millsabout 6 years ago

    Jeff, this HAS to be listed as a Heritage building!!! Could you please mention details of heritage or other trust listing so that we can add it to the Heritage and Other Trusts Group? Brilliant pic….and now the station runs only sheep!!! AH, the passage of time…

  • Beth Mills
    Beth Millsabout 6 years ago

    oops, meant cows!!!

  • Malcolm Katon
    Malcolm Katonover 5 years ago

    I have been here Jeff. I’ve been on a few Outback Car Treks for the Royal Flying Doctors and we stopped here for lunch. It is an amazing area and you are right, what do the cattle eat?

  • Thank you Malcolm. Long way to go for lunch.. :-)
    It is an amazing area. I am constantly drawn to it.
    And, as to what the cattle eat, apparently, or so I’ve now learnt, they eat saltbush. It seems that when there is enough saltbush about, they put on good condition very quickly. With the recent rains up that way, I suspect that Cordillo Downs will have restocked and be fattening up like mad. I hope so. The effort required to make a living in this region deserves whatever rewards they can get.

    – Jeff Catford

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 2 years ago

    Very cool. I’ve not seen the shed before.


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