She fell for ‘another world and life, meeting phenomenal people who I made honest connections with, something I lost living in the city’. ‘I love station life; it is where I’ve learned my skills and what has made me who I am,’ says Gordon. A case in point is Camille Camp, head stockwoman at her family’s Kalyeeda Station in Kimberley. The day closes with an ice-cold stubby of beer and a hearty dinner before lights-out at 8pm in a simple, demountable donga. Days off are spent exploring new bush territory, swimming in isolated water holes and taking part in rodeo.