Meet Frank Shadforth who has been a WWOOF Host for 10 years!
The Shadforth family operates an organic pastoral lease to assure minimal impact to their land, which has never been cleared, nor seen fertiliser or chemicals. The cattle eat nothing but the woodland grass, so their meat is also free of the antibiotics fed to grain-fed cattle.
Seven Emu owner Frank Shadforth has worked the property all his life. The Shadforth family are Garawa Aboriginal people from the Gulf Country. Seven Emu is on traditional lands but Willie Shadforth, a cattle drover and horse trader, worked hard, saved hard, got lucky and bought the station outright – for cash! – in 1953. He was one of the first known Aboriginal people to buy a pastoral lease. Willie passed the property onto his son, and in turn Frank has now handed the management of the farm to his son Clarry while he concentrates on Seven Emu’s guests. Clarry’s children assist him with running the station – its fourth Shadforth generation.
As well as the family’s own continuing tradition of innovation and self-reliance, everyone in the Shadforth family keeps their Garawa culture safe in their hearts and minds. Frank is more than happy to share some of their stories and traditions with you on his day tours to the wildlife sanctuary which include a walk along Australia’s most remote and lonely beach – so remote it has never been named. Bird watchers and nature lovers gain exclusive access to the area’s unique biodiversity with an Indigenous interpretation. Frank’s keen eye even spies rare marsupials.
Seven Emu regularly welcomes registered WWOOFers to get their hands dirty in the day-to-day activities of the family and their crew in managing the station, in return for meals and accommodation.
It’s no leisurely holiday – you’ll be worked hard, doing anything from droving cattle on club bikes or horses to putting up or repairing the kilometres of fencing on the property. You’ll eat well and sleep well after a good honest day’s yakka – all in the stunning outback wilderness of Australia’s Northern Territory.
Contact Seven Emu Stationfor more details of a WWOOFer stay. A day’s work on the property earns you a hearty evening meal and a night’s accommodation. You must quote your WWOOFer number/ WWOOFer Username. https://wwoof.com.au/members/nt116/
It’s no leisurely holiday – you’ll be worked hard, doing anything from harvesting paperbark, tea leaves or berries to putting up or repairing the kilometres of fencing on the property. Harvesting sites are located in some of Australia’s most untouched places that you would otherwise never see.
You’ll eat well and sleep well after a good honest day’s yakka and enjoy a good yarn or two with Frank Shadforth who has a world of aboriginal knowledge – all in the stunning outback wilderness of Australia’s Northern Territory.
In your down time, take in the sweeping view of the Robinson valley, watch bull sharks hunting schools of salmon … crocodiles swimming up and down the Robinson River on the hunt … watch eagles and jabirus flying below you! Seek out the secretive Purple-crowned Fairy Wrens, Azure Kingfishers and wading birds.
Seven Emu Station has prime Barramundi fishing hot spots and gives nature lovers access to multitudes of birds and abundant marine life along the coast where turtles and dugongs can be seen frequently.
You won’t want to leave this magnificent and exclusive wilderness location!
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