Refurbishment of Oocaboolina Outstation

Refurbishment of Oocaboolina Outstation

: 18-Apr-2018


A Working bee is planned for 18 – 23 April, to commence work on the grounds surrounding the building which include:

a. Start on fencing repairs,
b. Installation of galvanised rainwater tank and connecting to downpipes
c. Commence cleaning of all roof gutters and installing gutter guard
d. Permanent removal and poisoning of live feral Athel Pines – store on premises.
e. Clearing up dead Athel Pine for future use or to be burnt during winter visit
f. General clearing and cleaning of grounds
g. Take measurements of windows and doors to be replaced
h. Investigate repair of hot water donkey
i. Investigate repair of outside toilet
j. Investigate removal of shed 

Accommodation at Oocaboolina – camping near the building – either tenting or providing your own camper trailer etc.

Other accommodation possibly available at Nepabunna Community Centre (5 kilometres from Oocaboolina) – bunks, kitchen facilities, showers and toilet. BYO food and water for duration of trip.

Future 2018 Oocaboolina visits

a. Possible dates
i. 14-20 July
ii. Late August – early September – TBC

b. Possible work schedules
i. July dates - as above
ii. August/September


This project aims to restore a structurally sound building, which currently has no working internal facilities, to a condition where it will be suitable for use by a variety of groups including our own friends group.

Some of the work involved will require trade skills in order to ensure that the building is safe for people to occupy. But there is other work that can be done by experienced people without formal trade qualifications, and then there is work that any enthusiastic person will be able to do. The contribution that Friends of Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park makes to this project is going to depend on the mix of skills, experience and enthusiasm that its members possess and are willing to devote to the project.



About 5 kilometres heading east after passing through Nepabunna on the road from Copley to Balcanoona and Arkaroola there is a small interpretative sign about indigenous life (The Mistletoe Bird). The hut is hidden behind a small knoll and about 200 metres north off the road nestled in a small valley and adjacent to a tributary of Mt McKinlay Creek.


If you are interested in getting involved with the Oocaboolina project in 2018 you should contact Graeme Oats by e-mail at

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