4WD Tours R Us Joins The Farm Break Program

Together with several other Port Stephens local business, we want to warmly welcome The Thomas Family from Burragan Station, 100km east of Wilcannia in Western NSW. 

As part of the Farm Break program designed to give respite to farmers affected by the impacts of the drought. Bessie Thomas, her husband and young daughter are visiting Port Stephens this week. And thanks to several local businesses generosity the Farm Break program has put together a pretty amazing experience for the young family while they are in town (pictured below).

In Australia, a large land holding used for livestock production is known as a ‘station’. Most stations are livestock specific – classed as either sheep stations or cattle stations depending upon the type of stock raised – which is, in turn, dependent upon the suitability of the country and the rainfall. The owner of a station is known as a grazier, or pastoralist and, in many cases, Australian stations are operated on a pastoral lease. Australian sheep and cattle stations can be thousands of square kilometres in area, with the nearest neighbour hundreds of kilometres away. Some stations have over 20,000 sheep in their care.

The last two years have reminded both urban and rural Australia that drought is an inevitable part of the Australian landscape and its impacts are wide reaching.  Both Bessie and Peta’s families know their first priority is their families and the animals in their care and its imperative to access drought response resources promptly and maintain well being.

To read more about their story click here

While in Port Stephens the Thomas family will have the opportunity to experience some ‘must do activities’ the area has to offer.

4WD Tours R Us will be providing an Unlimited Sandboarding Experience – the dunes stretch 32 kilometres, that’s the entire length of Stockton Beach, and can reach over 30 metres high, that’s like a 10 storey building. The views alone are spectacular. Once on the dunes, our team will give you a run down on sandboarding and how to use our hand made custom designed boards for maximum speed (and safety!)

Andrew Macdonald from the The Little Nel Cafe will be hosting the family for breakfast in one of the most popular breakfast spots in Port Stephens.

Imagine Cruises has invited the family to head out on the waters of Port Stephens for a dolphin watch cruise.

And our neighbours at Crest Birubi Beach have offered lunch at their cafe overlooking the dunes at Anna Bay.

Will Creedon will also be hosting the family in a beautiful holiday house via Allogio.

Bessie Thomas is a very well-known advocate for the agricultural industry and also works really hard across her community to drive a range of programs.  You can find out more about Bessie’s story via the following links.

http://journobessatburragan.blogspot.com/

https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/rural-weekly/young-farmer-reveals-what-18-months-of-handfeeding-is-like-during-drought/news-story/a5a620f73705943aebdc3429244e367e

Can you imagine hand feeding 20,000 mouths in a drought?

We look forward to welcoming them to Port Stephens and show casing our backyard! To book your own sandboarding experience head over to www.4WDToursRUs.com.au.

Update: The Thomas family visited us today 4/4/2019, and loved it!

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