The second Barkly Women’s Day for 2014 was held on the weekend at The Barkly Homestead Roadhouse. 55 women from stations near and far mustered at the homestead overnight. Well, some just for the day but most of us stayed the night. A fun day was had by all which made the long drive there worthwhile. The day is all about getting off the station, catching up with old friends and meeting new friends. We had 3 wonderful guest speakers – Suzie Shearer, the Rangelands Officer from Camfield Station (AACo), Mel Dayman from Newcastle Waters Station (Consolidated Pastoral Co) and Steph Coombes, from Katherine and one of the faces behind Central Station. All three ladies did an amazing job sharing their stories with us. We love hearing from local ladies doing wonderful things and proving that women can do anything.
Now, lets put things into perspective. The Barkly Homestead is a huge roadhouse in the middle of nowhere. It is located on the Barkly Highway in the Northern Territory, halfway between Camooweal (Qld/NT border) and Tennant Creek in the NT. There is nothing in between. Camooweal is about 270km to the east and Tennant Creek is about 200km to the west. Our trip was a quick 2 1/2 hour drive on mainly dirt roads through paddocks, with only 50km of bitumen. We are about 200km from the Barkly Homestead. Many women drive 3, 4 or 5 hours to attend the day. With a couple travelling even further 8, 10 or 12 hours. Nothing holds us back out here, if it is a chance to socialise with other women we will drive for as long as it takes.
Barkly Women’s Day is so important to all the isolated women of the Barkly Tableland. We all live a long way from each other and often this is the only chance we get to catch up with each other. Most of us left our children at home and enjoyed some freedom, we left our worries behind and kicked up our heels. The Barkly Homestead staff work tirelessly to provide a delicious luncheon and a huge thank you needs to go out to Tom, Pam, Georgie and all the hard working staff down there. Everyone had such a brilliant day.
Now for some photos of our day and also the Barkly Homestead Roadhouse.
The Barkly Homestead Roadhouse is like nothing you have ever seen before, much more than a service station. It is a restaurant, a bar,
a motel, a truck stop and a caravan park
My bestie: Mrs Sav Blanc
Mrs Sav Blanc & Miss Chardy wearing our Gumnut Designz Jilly Classic tops
The team down at the Barkly Homestead work tirelessly to
provide a scrumptious lunch for us
Our legendary cook – Aileen – selling her stunning necklaces and sipping on a Sav B
Below: Mel, Suzie, Lucy (winner of the lucky door prize) Steph & Miss Chardy
A huge thank you to Jane and Steph from Central Station for donating the Lucky Door Prize
Below: Steph Coombes, travelled all the way down from Katherine. Steph & Jane Sale are the faces behind Central Station
Below: Mel from Newcastle Waters
Below: Suzie Shearer from Camfield Station. Suzie travelled for 8 hours to be our guest speaker on the day
The lady below is Sue – she is the reason I am up here in the NT. Back in 2001 I came up, as a Governess, for just one year to teach her youngest daughter, still here all these years later and still great friends with Sue. We catch up about twice a year now at Barkly Women’s Day.
Upon our arrival back home we discovered that Mr Chardy was still at the neighbour’s house with the children. So we were still child free. It only occurred to me then that I had never been child free on the station before. So there was only one thing to do, pop on our swimmers and mix a Japanese Slipper. A lovely afternoon was spent poolside with the girls. What a wonderful way to finish such a fabulous weekend. It was so great to see all of my friends and the wonderful women of the Barkly Tableland. Thank you to everyone for making such a huge effort to attend the day. I know you are all busy but it is so important to take time out and look after ourselves over a cheeky glass of wine! Thanks a million.
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