Goodwood Station is an ‘average’ size block of 90 000 acres, situated 46km north east of the White Cliffs Opal Fields in the far west of NSW. Our average rainfall is 245mm, most of which falls during the summer months.Our wonderfully rugged, yet diverse landscape is comprised of undulating plateaux; areas of deep drainage lines; isolated flat-topped mesas; stony plains; and narrow flood plains. Much of the water that falls on Goodwood drains in a south easterly direction into Pine Creek and ultimately into the Paroo Darling National Park.
Our soils are just as diverse as the land systems on Goodwood and the colours are amazing. Getting out and about, either mustering or showing around friends and visitors alike, we are able to see a multitude of soil types. These include the deep brown of the gibber contrasting with the hard red clays, as well as the lighter and brighter limestone in contrast with the vivid red of our soft clays.
My passion on Goodwood is the vegetation. In each of our land systems and soil types, vegetation patterns are created with each having it’s own structure and reason for being. The hard, stony country on Goodwood grows species such as Mulga, Leopardwood, Rosewood and Dead Finish whereas our stony plains which are more open also encompass Beefwood and Red Box. Our narrow, yet beautiful flood plains support Butterbush, Prickly Wattle, Bimble Box, River Red Gum and some White Pine trees.
Goodwood is considered a ‘hard’ block which means quite an area of stony ground compared to the much softer country of the flood plains, but this means our vegetation grows stronger and lasts longer when the temperatures soar and rain always seems as though it’s on the horizon. This in turn means we grow good, clean wool as our sheep have lots of protein to eat.