Located in the heart of New England, an area well known for cattle, fine wool, prime lambs and most important of all, in the middle of great horse country you will find one of Australia’s most historic and beautiful stations – just waiting for you to enjoy one of Australia’s unforgettable horse and cattle station adventures.
Waterloo Station was first discovered by Alexander Campbell in 1837 and was settled by the McIntyres of the Hunter Valley. Tradition says the discovery was by no means an uneventful one as Mr Campbell only secured his “prize” after a fist fight with another explorer who also claimed priority of possession hence the name Waterloo. The original property was estimated to be 118,000 acres (48,000 ha) or twenty and a half miles (36km). Founded on naturally fertile land for premium cattle production, the property had with an estimated carrying capacity of 1500 breeding cattle and carried a reputation as a fine cattle grazing property.
Waterloo Station has been held by just five owners in almost 180 years. Since their ownership a few years ago, Don and Deborah Anderson have committed to protecting the history and improving this unique property and its surrounding environment. The Anderson family have lovingly restored all major buildings on the property in keeping with the history of the property, bringing it back to its former glory for you to enjoy.
Here you can ride your heart out, get your hands dirty by participating in some real life cattle station work and train and ride along Australia’s best stockmen and campdrafters. Today this is a 4000 acres working cattle and sheep property and whilst you can join in the action you don’t have to forego any of the luxuries when it comes to accommodation and enjoying some of the best regional foods and cool climate wines from vineyards close by. Regardless if you are staying in the shearer’s lodgings or at the homestead, you will be sleeping in beautifully appointed rooms and enjoy Australian country hospitality at its absolute best.
We do offer a number of unique horse and cattle station experiences at Waterloo which can be enjoyed all year round. The New England district has four distinct seasons to enjoy and whether experiencing a cool crisp winter morning or a temperate summer’s day, Waterloo is sure to provide a memorable experience. After a long day in the saddle depending on the season, you can enjoy sitting in front of one of the many cosy fireplaces, or cool off in the clear refreshing creek on a hot summers day. Throughout the week you will enjoy a vast menu of cattle and sheep station activities and you will also have the opportunity to give campdrafting a go and start chasing a ‘beast’.
Take a look at the program below with the details of the great experience that awaits you. For non-riders there is plenty to do and see at the station and in the area. The property boasts a large variety of outdoor activities where guests can try their hand at a range of pursuits from sapphire fossicking, bushwalking, trout fishing to exploring the properties seemingly endless hills which provide ample opportunity for bushwalking and wildlife spotting. The way the station is set-up, it’s also easy to jump into the 4WD and join up with the rider’s group along the way. However, please be warned that you might just want to sit in the garden on the veranda and enjoy the serenity and beauty of this wonderful place.