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Woolshed - Cordillo Downs Station - NE South Australia

Jeff Catford

Sydney, Australia

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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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