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ABOUT FRASER RANGE

WHERE IS FRASER RANGE

Fraser Range is half way between Norseman and Balladonia, 100km east of Norseman, heading towards South Australia.

Described as being Western Nullarbor Plain, Fraser Range bears very little resemblance to the rest of the Nullarbor Plain.

The area is covered by dense hardwood eucalyptus forest composed of blackbutts, salmon gums and gimlets. The trees are substantial, some towering 20 to 30 metres tall with dense undergrowth making vehicle access off cleared tracks impenetrable.

A range of granite hills the highest of which is Mt Pleasant 579m rear up out of the forest gums presenting a spectacular monolithic feature. Along the range of hills that run south west to the north east, is Fraser Range Station.

Originally founded by John and Alexander Forrest on their expedition to Adelaide in 1870, the property Fraser Range Station was first settled by the Dempster brothers in 1872 making Fraser Range the first station to be founded on the Nullarbor Plain.

Fraser Range Station has no neighbours except for Southern Hills Station on the southern boundary. Southern Hills Station was originally a part of Fraser Range Station.

The largest hardwood forest in the world surrounds Fraser Range all of which is crown land.

The length of the station is punctuated by open grass flats surrounded by dense forest. It was upon these flats that shepherds moved sheep each week, over 110 years ago, from flat to flat to eventually end up back at the Fraser Range Homestead for annual shearing.

After shearing the wool was loaded onto a cart pulled by a 16 strong camel team, and taken to Pt Malcolm to be loaded onto the Dempsters 'cutter' and sailed to Adelaide to market. The ship also sailed a number of times to Perth for building supplies and stores. En route the cutter would stop at each island of the recherché to club seals for their pelts. These would be then sold on arrival in Perth.

At the time of settlement Perth was a penal colony and men with a 'ticket of leave' were employed to assist the Dempster brothers in developing the station and building a number of impressive structures out of stone.

Several of these dams and buildings still exist today, bearing testimony to the engineering skills and the building ability of these amazing pioneers.


FUTURE AIM

Upon taking control late in 2001 over grazed areas were destocked and stock were relocated to the extremities of the property where natural grazing is abundant. Only one third of the Fraser Range Lease has ever been developed. Outside of the fenced areas pasture species and grazing shrubs are plentiful. Careful Rangeland Management will be the key to resurrecting Fraser Range Station's natural beauty and increasing its overall long term economic sustainability.

It's the owners aim to extend the grazing area by developing the balance of the lease. By doing this degraded areas can be re-established and current over grazed areas can be destocked to enable regeneration of native species.

TOURISM

Fraser Range is an important part of Western Australia's history and is a gateway to the state.

Leaving the Nullarbor and being confronted by the enormous hardwood forest signals to tourists that they are now entering Western Australia the Great State.

The towering Salmon Gums, Blackbutts and shimmering green Gimlets are spectacular.

Coupled to this the hill top views from the range, scenic valleys and picturesque flats make Fraser Range a stand out feature of the long trip over the Nullarbor.

As you head north east out of grazed areas towards the transline (Trans continental Railway Line) you are heading into nature itself. There are no neighbours here, in the forest its you and Australia, and no one else.

The flora, fauna and bird life are unique and abundant. The range attracts rainfall, providing Fraser Range with an annual rainfall of 330mm making it a virtual Australian dryland Garden of Eden.

Few tourists get the opportunity to see an operational station and this is what we the current owners intend to show our visitors.

Traditionally Fraser Range has run merino sheep, however, due to rainfall pattern and inaccessibility of the Range and Hardwood forest, the grazing operation has always been subject to large sheep losses due to fly strike and the inability to muster animals. We plan to introduce cattle in the future.

Further to the flora, fauna and station operation is the Station's unique history.

Guided tours will be operated to enable tourists to see buildings, unique gully dams and other structures constructed by labourers, aboriginals and the early settlers in the late 1800's.

In those days this area was isolated, there was little or no development at Kalgoorlie or Esperance, the telegraph was yet to be constructed and the station owners were 400km inland from the coast.

Visitors will be amazed at the feats of engineering and the extraordinary lengths early station folks went to for survival so many years ago.

IMMEDIATE PLANS

With the permission of the Western Australia Pastoral Board an overnight caravan/camping was developed along with a station stay/accommodation in the historic stone shearers quarters, station cabin and units.

There are powered and unpowered caravan / camp sites, camp kitchens and clean environmentally sound ablution blocks.

Tourist access to the station and surrounding areas is restricted and controlled. Tourists are provided with the opportunity to undertake site seeing tours of the range, the forest and the operational station. Tours are single vehicle with a guide.

Guests are encouraged to explore the hills and surrounding range to experience first hand nature's wonderland at their own leisurely pace. See the magnificent Wedgetail eagles soaring effortlessly, kangaroos and rock wallabies grazing in harmony on the flats and emus occasionally wandering through the park.

Professor David Symon from the South Australian Botanical Gardens has been engaged to identify and name all local vegetation and he is currently in the process of preparing a botanical herbarium display for the South Australian Herbarium and the Western Australian Herbarium.

Mr Keith Warne, consultant geologist has been engaged to identify and map local geology, topography and geographical features.

It is hoped the University of Western Australia and Western Australian Museum and Anthropologist and Historians will assist in uncovering more of the unique history of the area and the station.

Visitors will be able to acquire basic groceries and meat along with refreshments to cook and consume at their leisure utilising the stations cooking, BBQ and kitchen facilities.

Funds from Tourism will be ultimately channeled back into developing the station and resurrecting it to its former glory.

We hope you will assist us in achieving our dream.