LOCATION: Fitzroy Crossing region, WA
LAND SIZE: 254,648ha
STOCK: 20,000 head of Brahman cattle
ANNUAL RAINFALL: 660mm
Blina Station was purchased by Jumbuck Pastoral in early 1991 from the Western Australian Cattle Company. It is made up of three leases; Ellendale and Calwynyardah and the eastern half of Kimberley Downs. The homestead is located 150km east of Derby at “Blina” in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Most of the pastoral lease lies between the Great Northern Highway and the Gibb River Road to the north.
The Blina Manager, Matt Wood, is also responsible for the running of cattle and waters on the eastern side of Kimberley Downs with the assistance of 20 staff. The station runs approximately 20,000 head of Brahman and Brahman / Shorthorn cross cattle. The average annual rainfall is about 660mm and daily temperature during the dry season is about 30°C, warming up to low 40°C during the wet.
Traditionally, the stock camp is put together in early April, with mustering commencing as soon as it is dry enough to get vehicles around. Mustering continues through the dry season and usually wraps up in October. Robinson R22 helicopters are predominantly used to put the cattle together when mustering, aided by stockmen on the ground mounted on horseback.
When the cattle work is complete, the work programme focuses on maintenance and improvements, fencing and yard building, all of which have had to be put aside for mustering.
Fitzroy Crossing is the closest township, 90km to the east of Blina, but most supplies and post come from Derby. The Fitzroy Crossing Rodeo and Campdraft is traditionally the first break the staff have from the mustering programme and is always well attended in the first week of July. There are also opportunities to experience the Halls Creek Rodeo and Races, Kununnurra Rodeo, Derby and Broome Rodeos. Additionally, barbeques are a frequent event at the homestead.