Discover the heart and soul of Queensland's beef industry.

Located 98 kilometres south-west of Townsville, Fletcherview Research Station is a 1960 hectare working cattle property in the Australian outback.


Get hands-on experience as a grazier as a student or complete your research studies in an industry-standard commercial cattle environment.

  • Outback cattle ranch
  • Located in the dry tropics
  • Laboratories and accommodation
  • Unique vegetation and geology
Bush, trees and clouds in the Australian outback


the unique bush environment


Discover open savannah woodland, dry rainforest, lava flows and marine fossil beds on field trips.


Around 600mm of rain a year, a dry season of six-to-nine months and average temperatures around 30°C.


1960 hectares: just the right size for our typical herd size of 600 cattle.

Study and Research

Our 600-strong cattle herd supports production and reproduction research, and veterinary study by the Australian Institute of Tropical Veterinary and Animal Science.

Martin, the head grazier and manager at Fletcherview Research Station

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