Situated on the Darling River not too far from the small township of Louth, Trilby Station is a working sheep station and home to Gary and Liz Murray.
The Billabong is a prominent feature of the property.
Situated a short stroll from the family homestead the billabong requires a flood event on the Darling River to fill with water.
In recent times this has occurred in 2000, 2011, and 2012, and when it does the homestead is isolated and at times has required the family to be airlifted to the safety of higher ground.
Mind you it has not always flooded so regularly.
Gary’s father, Dermie Murray, who was born in 1929 at Dunlop Station on the Darling River, was 21 years of age before he saw the mighty Darling break its banks in flood.
Dermie and his lifelong partner now live further downstream and nearer to the township of Tilpa.
We have been fortunate to visit at times when it has been full, but as is often the case in Australia’s semi-arid regions the billabong is now dry once again.
Gary and Liz are wonderful hosts and you can camp down by the river, or by the billabong, and if camping is not to your liking you can stay in one of the stockman’s cottages, or the shearer’s quarters.
If you are ever visiting the region, be sure to take the time to visit Trilby Station, where you can just sit back and relax as the Darling River gently flows by…
Baz, what are the trees in the water there? The bark looks a bit like what I know as a Sycamore tree here.