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Visit the famous Dunlop Station at Louth this Easter

David and Daniell Bonnington and family and Scott and Sally Oehm and family around the Darling River campfire on Dunlop Station. Photo supplied

The Bourke Easter Festival is not only a boost to the town’s local economy - it has a flow on effect for tourism operators around the region who are hoping this season will see a surge of visitors keen to experience the Outback after record breaking rain and floods.

Kim Chandler is the owner operator of the historic Dunlop Station, 14 kilometres downstream of Louth and about 114 kilometres southwest of Bourke.

Kim has been in full preparation mode ready for the tourist season, which traditionally kicks into gear at Easter, and she is hoping this year will last right through until late October.

Dunlop Station is a ‘must-see’ destination along the Darling River Run, one of the most popular routes for travellers across the outback.

Dunlop was established in 1879, and at its peak, was one million acres of prime sheep grazing land. Dunlop was the first hearing shed in the world to run mechanical shearing back in 1888.

It fell into disrepair because of the decline in the wool trade, drought, and economic hardship, until Kim bought it and began refurbishing it as a working station and tourist attraction 12 years ago.

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