Australian Outback Award 2013

Elin Clapton

working as a jillaroo

Their story, in their words…

“My first week at Mungadal was over 40 degrees every day. By the time I left the weather was at the other end of the scale, something I never would have believed possible, although I also wouldn’t have thought I would be saying that I didn’t want to go home either!

In the 6 months I definitely gained some skills such as shooting and riding a motorbike, and learned a great deal about working on a property. I now feel confident mustering a paddock, yarding, drafting (separating) and vaccinating sheep and managing a feed and water run on my own. One of the best parts of living in the bush was the amount of wildlife I got to see – kangaroos and emus were everywhere and I was lucky enough to find a joey (baby kangaroo) one day.

Overall, I loved my time in Hay and I would do it again in a blink of an eye. It was hard work, especially initially and the challenge of moving away from home to somewhere that is so far away to live on your own should not be underestimated. But I had an amazing time and I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to give things a go, I’m deeply jealous of whoever goes next and I will definitely be back in Hay as soon as I can!”