Monday, January 27, 2014

The Place of Stone: Kanyaka Station

It was the Australia Day long weekend this weekend, which meant that we had a little bit of extra time up our sleeves to get out and about, and do a bit of investigating.
Yesterday we ventured out to the old Kanyaka sheep station between Quorn and Hawker, to have a look around, take the Bailey-dog for a walk (and a sniff!), and snap some photographs.
I find Kanyaka a particularly interesting location due to its rapid expanse in the mid-1800s, with 40,000 sheep being shorn at the woolshed in 1864 alone. But, the boom wasn't to last, and drought immediately followed with the loss of at least 20,000 sheep over three years. The isolation and the harsh conditions meant that eventually, Kanyaka had been to be abandoned, and its buildings left to ruin.
Their stone skeletons, however, remain.


  1. My Dad often talks about Qourn and Hawker. He grew up around that way.He was also a sheep shearer about 50-60 years ago.

  2. This is amazing! It looks so dry and hot as well :)


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