“I was asleep when I first arrived, and when I woke up I thought I’d landed on the moon,” says Laura, remembering the initial moments of coming to the wide, open space of ‘Wareo’. “I wonder what dad thought driving me here and dropping me off.”
Fresh out of high school, the bright-eyed teen took a gap year and decided on 12 months of jillarooing. And she hasn't looked back ever since.
Falling in love with all aspects of farm life - riding (and falling off) motorbikes, shearing sheep and getting to know the property - Laura also fell in love with one of the farmers and now calls ‘Wareo’ home.
“I remember when I first met Donald at the gate,” she tells her mother-in-law Cathy.
Today, Laura and Donald, along with their two children Emily and Henry and Donald’s parents produce some of the world’s best Merino wool, working together as a team and not imagining life any other way.
“I’m lucky where I live,” says Cathy. “I’ve always had Merino sheep and I think it’s the sheep that’s why we’re still here after six generations. It’s a lifestyle you can't put a price on. Why would you live anywhere else!”
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