The Sables gets typical Queensland rainfall. That is, wet springs / summers and dry autumn / winters. In 2012, we had 721mm and last year, 833mm in total rainfall which is over 30 inches and pretty good. The issue is that nearly all of it falls between October and March and the cold winter kills off the summer grasses. Below is how it looks (if not dryer) on a typical winter’s afternoon.
No complaints, the fact we get such reliable rainfall every year is a godsend – many parts of NSW and QLD are really struggling through a nasty drought at the moment and, even in good times, have to contend with unreliable rainfall.
In any case, we had about 50mm of Spring Rain in October 2013 and Alice and I next came to the farm a couple of weeks after it had fallen. The transformation from dry, sandy, brown/grey country to bright green paddocks was amazing.
When we looked a little closer, the ground was covered in little flowers which Alice made use of in no time;
This green flush has continued right through the start of summer bolstered by the most spectacular thunderstorms either of us have ever seen. It is interesting watching the season’s roll out at the Sables. The soil is a sandy loam which drains quickly. When it’s wet you see the dark loam, and when it’s dry you see the sand so the country really does look 100% different between Summer and Winter. The cattle fill out quickly when it’s wet, the birdlife changes and just the sounds and feel of the place changes. It’s a great thing to start getting in tune with.