2018 National Gathering @ Kilcowera Station

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Thanks to Greg and Toni for being such great hosts for the 2018 National Gathering.

Most attendee's arrived early (2 -3 days early) and we made the most of the Hot then cold, dry then wet weather.


It was disappointing that the number of attendee's was at an all time low, all up only 22 people and 2 dogs attended, after close to 50 people expressed an interest.

Those who attended had many a tale to tell around the hotly contested Horse Shoe throwing competition each day, and evening raffles and small campfire of a night.

Kilcowera Station was well and truly explored by attendee's with a self guided drive to the eastern boundary undertaken by several vehicles. Greg did a tag a long "Water Run" on the Tuesday afternoon, with the tour covering both Kilcowera Station and Zeonie Station.

In true EO style, Member Sweet Will, AKA Billy, made himself at home in the Shearers Quarters and set about reviving 5 riding saddles he found in the Shearing shed, something Greg was still scratching his head over on Saturday morning (we were the 1st guests to actually assist with daily running's of the property).
We also assisted Greg unload, then move and cover 50 bales of donated hay that were delivered Wednesday morning.
As we were having a small campfire every night, we also assisted Greg cut firewood (again something other guests never did), we left Kilcowera with a large tandem trailer loaded, a 6x4 trailer loaded and a large pile of cut firewood to assist Greg over the coming weeks with supplying firewood.

We had a great night Wednesday night with Toni and a band of EO helpers putting on a hearty dinner in the Shearers Quarters. We even made it RAIN with 9.5mm falling at the Homestead.


Having found a dam that was reported to have yabby's in it, on the "Water Run. we set a few yabby pots and had an attempt to run yabby races. I think, we needed EO Member Scrubby to be there to again show us how to do it as the races quickly came washed out ;)

As the week began to wind down and some attendee's started to head home due to other commitments, we decided that the main raffle would be continued for a period online so as to allow other EO folk to purchase tickets (more details to follow).


In all we had a great week and was good to meet up with old friends and also to make new friends. The main reason for the Gatherings are to allow people to meet and talk to other members rather than only seeing the forum side.


Stay tuned for a prospective future EO National Gathering once a few suggested destinations have been researched.

Once again thanks to Greg and Toni for hosting the Gathering and also to all who attended and made the week thoroughly entertaining and memorable.
For those who attended feel free to add additional details of the event and also photos.

Cheers Kev


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Reply By: Member - cruza25 - Sunday, Oct 07, 2018 at 22:05

Sunday, Oct 07, 2018 at 22:05
Hi Kev

Thanks for putting it together, we got home late afternoon today.

Great to meet you and all the other attendees. You all made us feel welcome and made it a great trip.

I just loaded a user trek and so has Garry which show the drives to and from Kilcowera as well as the station drives.

Thanks to Greg and Toni for putting on a dinner and giving us an insight into station life.

Look forward to 2019 wherever it maybe.

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev - Monday, Oct 08, 2018 at 06:42

Monday, Oct 08, 2018 at 06:42
We hope you enjoyed your "Honeymoon".

We also arrived home mid afternoon yesterday caught the last of the Bathurst race.


Stay Tuned for 2019/20 events :)

Cheers Kev

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Reply By: GarryR - Monday, Oct 08, 2018 at 06:48

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What a magnificent gathering that was organised, with many thanks going to Sir Kev, Greg and Toni. It is a great shame the drought has taken a toll on the property, but hopefully it will bounce back to it's former glory with a bit of rain. This was our first gathering for Judy, Lucky and I, and be able to meet fantastic people with the similar outlooks of 4x4ing this big country called Oz. For us it was a 3day trip to get to Kilcowera Station, and the same coming home, but it was worth every moment, and to here what Toni and Greg had to say about their property in general. GarryR and Judy
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2018 at 17:16

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2018 at 17:16
Thanks for attending Garry, Judy and Lucky :)

It was very dry out there and hopefully they get some much needed rain as well as good follow up rain for the place to flourish once again.

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Reply By: Member - sweetwill - Monday, Oct 08, 2018 at 08:29

Monday, Oct 08, 2018 at 08:29
Thank you Sir Kev and Sam for organizing this gathering, it was a two day trip for me mostly on the blacktop, when I hit the dirt road at Bourke on the way to Hungerford I felt at ease pics to follow if I can work out how to put them up, thank you to all the attendees for putting up with me and my slight memery fades,It was good to see how the property was run and how Greg and Toni fitted us in with thier daily chores, and I would like to thank you all for the conversations around Sir Kevs fires not to forget Ashley and Peters toasted marshmellows, My hand is already up for the next gathering soon I hope now im going to try to upload some pics ?????.
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2018 at 17:18

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2018 at 17:18
I only have small fires Billy so lucky there was only a small number of attendees hehehehe

Will keep you posted on a future gathering.

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Reply By: qldcamper - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2018 at 17:39

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2018 at 17:39
Like all farmers Greg would be preying for a few good seasons,but some rain would change the experience for the visitors as well. Would be good to get a chance to camp by the lagoon when it actually has some water in it and judging by the amount of holes in the banks of the creek there could be good numbers of yabbies about too.
Wouldnt hurt us all to have a quiet word to whoever you believe in to help the graziers out with some rain.
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Reply By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 at 07:36

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 at 07:36
Thank you all for visiting us at Kilcowera. It was lovely to meet such nice people and share our place with you. We are indeed "preying" for rain but perhaps praying might be more beneficial - even though it hasn't helped yet. And yes we would love to have some water in the lagoon for our campers as well as the few cows we have left on the place! You were such an enthusiastic group of people and dam helpful too! Greg appreciated the help with chainsaws and the firewood. He dislikes that job intensely. Hope Ashley has the chance to carry on with her driving lessons! Cheers Toni and Greg
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev - Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 at 09:13

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 at 09:13
Shame it didn't last more than 12 hours that log :(

Ashley is back at Boarding School so has some stories to tell. Not sure if she was more excited about learning to drive or the piglet I hit in the new car LOL

Thanks for having us all.

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Reply By: Member - sweetwill - Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 at 07:44

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Reply By: GarryR - Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 at 10:09

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 at 10:09
I hope you have the energy Kev to plan another great event as the last. Judy loved the marshmellows around the fire, and has already sent me on a shopping list for extra gear including an extendable fork. She has also got me on an errand to pickup some old horse shoes and make 2 pegs so she can practice - watch out JT, Judy is on a mission. Judy loved the yabbies for breakfast, and was amazed at the risotto that Sam cooked. Your dampers were a real treat, especially the savory one. I am not a bit fan on Nutella, but combined with the chocolate, WHAT a taste sensation. Thanks once again for your effort in the organising of the event
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Reply By: Member - Barnray (NSW) - Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 at 19:00

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The Barnrays are home today after a week of rain and other crap, I intend to post photo's as soon as I can sort out the camera. Thank's Greg and Toni for your hospitality. The chainsaw is in good hands and will be sent back to you. After we left Kilcowera we headed for Casino and arrived to face heavy rain and strong winds. More to come R
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Reply By: Member - John T (Tamworth NSW) - Monday, Oct 15, 2018 at 10:26

Monday, Oct 15, 2018 at 10:26
Sir Kev,

Thanks for arranging an outback experience for the few who attended the Kilcowera Station gathering. So dry and so vast - there really are still stars in the sky - despite your "small" campfire, we could still see the Milky Way.
As many EO readers would be aware attendance was down heaps compared to the registered numbers and that detracted a bit from the event. That said, those who did brave the distances and the dust were rewarded with guided and unguided tours around both Kilcowera and Zenonie Stations (Toni and Greg own both), wonderful yarns around the campfire and of course my favourite - the noble game of HORSESHOES. My understanding is that there are unnamed persons acquiring horseshoes and pegs as I write just to get their skill up to meet the challenges of the next gathering where ever that may be. The pics I took are very ordinary so will let member Barnray load the pics of the best horseshoe stuff.
EO readers - don't let a bit of distance and the dry conditions put you off attending a gathering - the comradrie of like minded people, the different locations and the challenges of the "shoes" make it all worth while.

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Follow Up By: Member - Darren R4 - Monday, Oct 15, 2018 at 11:19

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Hi JT, the horseshoes have now been acquired, and a couple of 12mm reo bars are under the bench to be cut. We have some light weight ones and heavier, but waiting from the local farrier for big draught hosre size to be sorted out from the pile. She who must be obey will pratice as she gets time. Better take those blinkers off, and get new specks as she has just had cataract on both eyes done and can now see. Bugger, and now see can find me haha By the way, this is not my computer as I am currently grandpa daycare for a 2yr old and a 4mth old. Making the most while both are asleep.
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