Wooleen Station is a 378,729 acre pastoral lease, located in the Shire of Murchison, 700kms northeast of Perth, Western Australia. Wooleen exists for the purpose of finding sustainable land uses and these include conservation, tourism and beef production. Wooleen’s tourism enterprise aims to cultivate a deeper understanding of our environment and a connection to the country. Guests come to Wooleen Station to experience the vast open spaces of the outback, diverse flora and fauna and resilient landscape – its an amazing place to watch mother nature at work. Wooleen is open each year from April to October.
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In the heart of the dramatic Murchison region, Wooleen Station is a cattle station that is playing a leading role in preserving and sustaining the unique ecology of the region.
Covering over a quarter of a million acres of picturesque outback, Wooleen Station Stay is dedicated to the restoration of the rangelands and exists for the purpose of finding sustainable land uses and healthy ways to provide food in the future. The first part of this equation is to recover the landscape so that it can function in a healthy way. The second part of the equation is finding a way to sustainably use the land for pastoralism and responsible industries once it has recovered. We believe this can be accomplished if environmental sustainability is never compromised.
The Homestead is listed by the Australian National Trust and offers a luxurious way to experience the Australian outback. With delicious home-style cooking, a vast cellar of Western Australian wines and magnificent formal dining room, you are assured of a culinary experience of Australian outback you will not forget. And after dinner, you can enjoy the full-size Billiard table. The 1200sqm Homestead with wide colonial verandahs is nestled in an oasis of spectacular, landscaped gardens. Surrounding heritage buildings and walking trails create a one-of-a-kind opportunity to look back in time to the hey-day of the Murchison region.
The Guesthouses are 2 bedrooms, with bathroom, separate toilet, full kitchen, dining/living area, open fireplace, and outdoor alfresco areas. The buildings are a mixture of new, natural and recycled materials with many of the doors and windows being rescued from an old homestead in the pastoral region. This mix of materials gives the impression of an older character building but the freshness of new accommodation. All linen and towels are supplied and the beds are made up with beautiful feather and down quilts and big European cushions on queen sized beds. Built in 2004, the guesthouses are located approx. 150m from the main homestead in a natural bush setting with immediate gardens made up of native plants for privacy.
Our Outback Camping options include the cliffs of the mighty Murchison River or the amphitheater of the breakaway Rocky Outcrop campsite. Set up your tent, camper trailer or caravan and watch the milky way as you fall asleep! Prior to setting out from the homestead, sign your ‘commitment to country’ document and join Wooleen Station in their goal of land rehabilitation and sustainable grazing. Each site has its own fire-pit, vermicomposting toilet and plenty of space for you to explore.
Wooleen Lake and its heritage-listed Wetlands are a semi-permanent home to a vast array of animal and bird life when its full and when its dry.
In Spring, the land comes to life with a multitude of wildflowers after the correct winter rainfall. The Murchison River runs through the Station, only a short drive from the Homestead.
Wooleen’s nature-based station stay offers a multitude of experiences, from colonial and Aboriginal heritage tourism to nature-based tours.
The vegetation and the quality of the land make the property one of the finest stations in Australia. This is a new kind of holiday. If you are interested in ecology and the culture of the Australian bush then Wooleen is the place for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I use a 2WD to arrive at Wooleen?
A: Generally, YES. The roads within the Shire of Murchison are extremely reliable despite being primarily gravel. They are graded and checked by the shire works crew regularly. We always recommend traveling a little slower in 2WD and ensure you pay close attention to the road conditions. At times, heavy rain may make the road unsuitable for travel and so we always advise you check the Shire of Murchison’s website for detailed updates. Click here. One thing to consider when choosing your vehicle is the limiting factor a 2WD has to explore all of the station self-drive tracks. Once you leave the main road and enter Wooleen you will be traveling on a different standard of road, not all of them are suitable for 2WD. However many other options exist for exploring the station including walk-trails, hike trails, push bike trails, tours and more.
Q: Can we get meals or supplies if we don’t stay in the homestead?
A: Wooleen Station does not operate a cafe or restaurant. Meals are offered as an exclusive option in a family environment to guests staying in the homestead, but that is all. A breakfast basket is available for customers in the Guesthouses but requires you to make/cook yourself. The Murchison Oasis Roadhouse is only 37kms to the north of Wooleen homestead and stocks a good range of basic supplies and made to order meals.
Q: If we book a bush campsite, can we still come down to the homestead for showers?
A: Absolutely. Wooleen has a toilet and shower block at the homestead which you are welcome to use during your stay. The facilities are rustic, but free. We assure you that you’ll leave cleaner than you arrived.
Q: How do I find out about the road conditions around Wooleen Station?
A: The simplest way is to use the Shire of Murchison’s website and check the condition report. Alternatively, you can call the homestead and find out from a Wooleen staff member (08) 9963 7973
Q: What if I can’t access Wooleen Station due to road closures? I’ve paid a 50% deposit.
A: If the Shire of Murchison closes your intended route of travel to Wooleen Station due to rain you will receive a full refund of your money if another reasonable route is unavailable – even if you’re within the 14 day cancellation period.
Q: We have motorbikes and buggies, can we use these to explore the station?
A: No. Wooleen has a strict policy about the use of motorbikes and buggies. Our insurance doesn’t allow for these unless for pastoral activities undertaken by employees covered by workers compensation. The self-drive tracks can be used by cars or alternatively, you might like to try our various walk, hike and push bike trails.
Q: I’m concerned about fuel. Where is the nearest petrol station?
A: The nearest petrol station is at Murchison Settlement, roughly 37kms north of the Wooleen homestead. The Murchison Oasis Roadhouse sells diesel and unleaded fuel. A 24hour card machine is located on site and you must have a pin number for your credit card. For details of opening hours or if you need assistance and wish to pay cash check the Shire website.
Q: Do you allow dogs or other pets at the station?
A: Wooleen allows dogs at our bush campsites but otherwise has a strict ‘No Dog’ policy around and near the homestead complex. We ask that you please respect our pets and our decision. If you are arriving with your dog, please remember to keep him/her in the vehicle at all times during check-in and ensure he/she then remains at your bush campsite. Wooleen Station does not use 1080 baits but suggests you remain vigilant at all times.
Q: Can we get mobile reception or internet access at the station?
A: No. Wooleen is located in a remote part of Western Australia which has no access to mobile 3G or 4G coverage. The last towns with coverage are Mullewa, Cue or Gascoyne Junction – 200kms+ from Wooleen. We encourage you to carry a satellite phone, EPIRB, findmeSPOT or other GPS tracking device in case of emergency. You are encouraged to tell family and friends of your intended travel plans and anticipated dates of return. A pay phone is located at the Murchison Settlement 37kms north.