Michael Simons

Michael and Anne




400km East of Kalgoorlie

Land Size

2.5 Million acres


70,000 Sheep

Annual Rainfall

9 inches


If anyone ever wondered what it would be like to start with a clean slate and design a Sheep Station then the massive Rawlinna Station is a glowing example of the result of planning from the very beginning. The Station was developed from a survey peg in the ground in the late 1960’s by the previous Managing Director, H.G. MacLachlan.

Located 400km East of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Rawlinna adjoins the Transcontinental Railway line and the Eyre Highway with a total area of approximately 2.5 million acres.

The size and distances involved at Rawlinna have to be seen to be believed and development of the Station was completed with a laneway complex running from the extremities of the Station to the 16 stand shearing shed centrally located at Depot Outstation. An example of the massive scale of the Station is that one paddock took 8 hours to muster with the wind and sheep all in the “right place”.
The Station plane logged 8 hours for the muster.

The Manager, Michael Simons started with Jumbuck Pastoral as a Jackaroo in 1983 and has managed "Lake Everard" and "Mulgathing" prior to being transferred to Rawlinna. Michael is married to Anne and they have two children, Elise and Sam. Michael runs Rawlinna with the help of 14 staff.

The average rainfall is 9” and daily temperatures are about 38 degrees in the summer and 19 degrees in the winter.

Shearing of the Station’s 70,000 sheep usually starts in February with mustering beginning up to three weeks before. Mustering and droving is done on motor bikes with the use of an aircraft to locate the sheep.

Wool is generally delivered to Adelaide to be core tested and the opportunity to have most of the Station’s annual merchandise needs supplied as backloading is always taken. Sheep are often sold privately on the property.

Rawlinna hosts a very successful Gymkhana known as the “Nullarbor Muster” in the last weekend of April.

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Map of Australia - Rawlinna