Seven Emu owner Frank Shadforth has worked the property all his life. The Shadforth family are Garawa Aboriginal people from the Gulf Country. Seven Emu is on traditional lands but Willie Shadforth, a cattle drover and horse trader, worked hard, saved hard, got lucky and bought the station outright – for cash! – in 1953. He was one of the first known Aboriginal people to buy a pastoral lease. Willie passed the property onto his son, and in turn Frank has now handed the management of the farm to his son Clarry while he concentrates on Seven Emu’s guests. Clarry’s children assist him with running the station – its fourth Shadforth generation.
As well as the family’s own continuing tradition of innovation and self-reliance, everyone in the Shadforth family keeps their Garawa culture safe in their hearts and minds. Frank is more than happy to share some of their stories and traditions with you on his day tours to the wildlife sanctuary which include a walk along Australia’s most remote and lonely beach – so remote it has never been named. Bird watchers and nature lovers gain exclusive access to the area’s unique biodiversity with an Indigenous interpretation. Frank’s keen eye even spies rare marsupials.
Your eyes will also be opened to the history of the Gulf wilderness and its many pioneers. In 1844 Ludwig Leichhardt and his men were the first recorded Europeans to pass through the Gulf of Carpentaria on their epic journey to Port Essington. Leichhardt opened the door to the Northern Territory and the pastoral lands and mineral wealth of the Kimberley. They named Seven Emu River after a successful hunting day.
Join Frank for a personal cultural heritage/bush tucker tour of the wildlife sanctuary or the “beach with no name”. Cost: $80 per person for 2–3 hours (kids free).
- Seven Emu Station is accessible by self-drive 4WD only.
- Seasonal conditions are unpredictable and can affect access to the station.
- Crossing the Robinson River is necessary to access the station, and water depth varies. Please call in advance for updates on conditions.
- An indemnity form must be signed on arrival to the station.
- Whilst all care is taken during your stay no responsibility is taken for personal injury, loss or damage of goods and/or property.
- Seven Emu Station clients should be self-sufficient.
- Seven Emu Station has no air strip and is over 100km from the nearest medical centre.