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Ben talks about jackarooing.
Ben talks about jackarooing.

Jackaroo

Thursday, July 12, 2001
Before you take the plunge, we tell you all there is to know about Jackarooing.

Dave Deshen has always wanted to try his hand at jackarooing, but has e-mailed us to find out what is involved before he takes the plunge.

For those who aren't familiar with the term, jackaroos and jillaroos are farm or station workers who just get out there and learn about life on a station as they go.

Jobs vary from caring for livestock, maintaining station equipment, repairing fences and gates, maintaining vehicles and heavy machinery, and farmwork such as cultivation and haymaking. Basically, you spend most of your time being busy outdoors.

In some states, you receive free board and lodging. In terms of training, you train on the job.

For a softer option, or for those of you who don't really want to do all the hard yakka, there are places like the Red Hill Jillaroo and Jackaroo School near Walcha in NSW. They have a five-day stay, where you learn to ride, muster, build cattle yards, brand, lasso and whip crack for about $275.

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