Auvergne Station

Auvergne Station

Taken up in 1886 and purchased before the turn of the century by the legendary pastoralists, the Durack family, Auvergne Station pioneered the live export market in the early 1900's, supplying cattle to the Philippines ex-Wyndham.

Today, 4,142 sq km Auvergne Station fulfils the same role, breeding steers that leave the property at six months for backgrounding at Argyle Downs before being shipped to South-East Asia.

Comprising 50 per cent forest country and 30 per cent open black soils with the remainder being coastal flood plains and red loam river country, native Flinders and Mitchell grasses thrive under Auvergne's 600 mm annual rainfall.

Capable of running 32,000 cattle, this valuable east Kimberley block turns off 10,000 head a year.

The 'Boab Gate' welcomes you to Auvergne. 

 

Weaner heifer at the station yards. 

 

Cattle from Junction Paddock in the lane coming past the homestead to the yards

 

Rhianna and Jak riding in the Mini Draft, at the local Timber Creek Campdraft. Rhianna is 5 years old, riding her horse Candy. 

 

Sally Fletcher crossing heifers from Belly Angle, on the West Baines. 

 

The Lead - crossing heifers from Belly Angle.

Nathan (Jak) & Jade Andrews
Auvergne Station Manager
Joined CPC in
2002

Relocating their family to manage Auvergne Station in December 2012, Jak commenced employment with CPC in 1996 at this same property. Early on during his time with CPC, Jak worked on Newcastle Waters, Humbert River and Dungowan before moving to Nockatunga in 1998, with a short period on Mimong. In 1999 for a period of three years he was based at Isis Downs, which included two years as Head Stockman. 2002 saw a return to Auvergne to run the camp before taking on the role of Manager at Manbulloo Station in 2005 through to the end of 2012.

Jade started as a Jilleroo at Isis Downs in 1999, becoming the cook for the next 2 years. Moving to Auvergne with Jak, she became the Managers Off-sider. Learning the skills need to help them in their management position at Manbulloo.

Jak was born in Sydney and grew up initially in the Qld Gulf before moving to Newry Station. Schooling included time on Katherine School of the Air and secondary education at Barker College, Sydney.  Jade grew up around Roma in QLD and moved to Longreach to complete 2 ½ years at the Longreach Pastoral College.  Jak and Jade have four children, Rhianna, Ian, Justin and Aaron.