Operations Manager – Nick Greene
Catering Manager – Armond Abdo
Office Manager – Kellie McCombe
Wedding Co-ordinator – Robyn Mansfield
Jillaroo – Natasha Daly
What our visitors say about us
“I attended the wedding of Jessica and Wayne last Saturday at your venue. I was a late call up for the wedding with others being unavailable to attend. Unfortunately, I have coeliac disease and cannot eat Gluten. Your staff supervising and handing out the food as well as the chefs who prepared me a meal with no prior notice was fantastic. The lady supervising the meal really took the time and effort to ensure everything was in order for me. Thanks again we had a great night and really appreciate that extra effort that your staff went to.”
“I have just returned to Sydney after spending a few hours on my first Aussie station! I have had a fascination with Australia since I was a young boy and had always wanted to see a working farm. On arrival, we were met by a cowboy on horseback who cracked his whip and rode alongside our car a real thrill to see a very bubbly lady took our name and informed us we would start shortly. We sat around a fire with at least 100 other people mostly Asian tourist a few Australian and our group sat and waited while others arrived and then the young cowboy came and introduced himself.
He was, in fact, a stockman not a cowboy and his name was Nick, recently there was a movie called the GREATEST SHOWMAN and if you come to Tobruk I’m sure you will find him Nick missed his calling part comedian/part stockman and one of the nicest people I have met here in Australia everybody laughed along and looked in awe as one man took all these different people and taught them about the outback and made sure EVERYBODY had a fantastic time.
I have done many different tours before and never felt the need to review them but I haven’t stopped talking about Nick the stockman his fantastic talking dog Bill and Tobruk. I learnt many things in my 3 hours I spent on the station. Lunch was great. I can’t catch a boomerang and hitting yourself with a bullwhip hurts. Dogs are far better workers than men and a stockman called Nick is, in fact, the greatest Showman not Hugh Jackman.
Many thanks Tobruk
I will be back”
“I just wanted to say a massive Thank you for the wonderful experience you provided for our vacation care kids today. Quite often either the kids enjoyed an outing but the carers didn’t or the other way around but it was unanimous today that everybody had a great time. We find that our inner city kids lead such busy and crowded lifestyles and are often not exposed to any form of country life so when they are, it is an amazing and exciting new world to them.
This experience was made all that much better by the friendly staff (particularly child friendly, because lets face it – kids aren’t everybodys cup of tea). Nick had a great balance of authority and humour to both gain and maintain the kids attention while also having the patience to take their 100000 questions. The same sense of fun was experienced with Jess and Josh. We also enjoyed your laid back spirit and yet everything was wonderfully organized.
We are looking forward to coming back again (and will probably be nagged until we do) and will be sharing our new found experience with our other local centres”
– Annandale North Out of School Hours Care
“Thank you so much for a helping us create a wonderful afternoon/evening with our recent conference group. The group thoroughly enjoyed the activities in a fun and entertaining environment; it was a great way start to our conference! Thank you for helping us create a memorable evening. Please pass on a special thank you to Rod who looked after us. He kept the group engaged and well entertained during our stay!”
– Monavie Conference Event<
“We really enjoyed our stay at Tobruk. The show was fantastic. We enjoyed watching the dogs at work rounding up the sheep. We also tried boomerang throwing & whip cracking. A cup of billy tea. The hot damper was delicious. We stayed 2 nights at the Homestead and we loved it. We had our own campfire & we toasted marshmallows. The kids rode their bikes on the property and were very safe. The homestead is ideal for a family getaway. Thank you to staff at Tobruk Sheep Station.”
“Best day of our trip to Sydney! Had a great day out at Tobruk. Nick the stockman meets you on the horse cracking his stock whip with his Kelpie Dog Belle running around him. Billy tea and damper is yum and then Belle the wonder dog brings in the sheep. We fed the sheep then Nick took of its wool. Lunch was Steak and salad which was yum. Thank you for our wonderful day. Nick is a very funny man and very good at what he does. Thankyou Nick and thankyou Tobruk!!”
– Trip Advisor
“A wonderful experience! I wanted to make sure my daughter saw something outside of Sydney on our visit. This tour was the perfect way to experience life outside of the city. She loved cracking the whip and throwing the boomerang. She wasn’t a huge fan of damper, but she learned something about how it was made. Her favourite part was feeding the sheep. We only had 7 people on the tour the day we went so it was a very intimate group and we got to spend lots of time talking to Nick the Stockman at Tobruk. It was a very interesting day and he is a very entertaining guy. Thank you so much!”
– Trip Advisor
“What a great day! Just over an hour’s drive from Sydney, you are met by the stockman on horseback who escorts you to the farm. Fun is had learning how to throw a boomerang (if it doesn’t come back the stockman’s dog fetches it for you) and crack a whip. Then it’s off for authentic damper and billy tea before watching sheep being herded in for shearing. A great lunch – steak – is provided before you set off home. There is a fabulous, authentic homestead here that is available to hire for the night/ weekend. Wish we had known about this it looks great”
– Trip Advisor
“Fabulous location and a great day out. The manager Nick is so knowledgeable and entertaining. The dogs, Bell and Candy were adorable, and so well trainned. Good steak dinner and damper bread all added to the experience. The tour guide for the day was Smokey who was quite a character. The star turn though was Nick who managed the whole day seamlessly. Highly recommended”
– Trip Advisor
Tobruk Sydney – you truly made our day so very special, we cannot thank you enough for what you have given us.
Catching up with family and friends, all we have heard is that the wedding was amazing, and people always mention ‘Tobruk’, so you should be immensely happy with the day you put on for us.
Once we receive our photos we will forward some through to you, which you may use for anything you like.
Our experience with Tobruk, as a wedding venue, was close to flawless. From the moment we pulled into the gates on our search for venues, we could feel something special. Reaching the drover’s camp we were blown away as we had finally found something that fitted what we both wanted. The setting, the view, the down to earth, raw “realness” of Tobruk meant that there was no pretence, what you see is what you get, and we liked what we saw! Rod came to greet us with a warm smile and information galore. What we loved was Rod’s willingness to work with us and for us. Our wedding was planned to be a little less traditional than some, and this made us feel at ease. Originally we were going to have the reception in the drover’s camp however we chose the shed which was a great choice.
As the day drew closer we worked closely with Lynne and Armand, both of whom are utterly joyful to be around. Our tasting once again proved that Tobruk was down to earth. Hearty meals with simple ingredients that our guests would enjoy. Lynne provided comfort and care in all she did and made it clear that there was no lengths she wouldn’t go to in order to make our day perfect, and if she couldn’t meet a request we would work together to find a solution. Day after day we would count our blessings that we had Lynne because of how invested she was in our wedding. The love we felt was real and we are so grateful for her involvement in the day.
In Wedding Day set-up, everything was ready for us. Our handmade table setting and personal touches were welcomed and we had free reign to do what we wanted. Any question was answered with “yep, no worries, whatever you need!”
When it came time for the special day, we rolled into Tobruk to see Lynne waving like a proud aunty, calling “congratulations, now you need a drink!” From then she was a blur, going here there and everywhere to make sure we (and our guests) were taken care of. The staff were fantastic throughout the night, remembering special orders and mingling with our guests like they had known them for years, we really loved this. Our guests especially loved the stockman show and have been speaking about it ever since. You helped us have a wedding that was memorable to not only us but everyone who attended as well.
We cannot speak highly enough of Tobruk and each and every person involved in our day. From start to finish it was a dream come true and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Lots of love,
Hamish and Claire Tait xx
Our organisation provides social support to elderly clients, who without this assistance would not be able to visit places of interest.
Recently, we visited Tobruk Sydney and our clients absolutely loved this venue. We went on a ‘Seniors Package’, which provided us with entertainment all morning. We were greeted by a Jillaroo who showed us where everything was. We then made our way over to a fantastic ‘bush’ bonfire where damper was cooking whilst we were given information on how Tobruk runs. A gorgeous cup of Billy Tea together with the hot damper trickled with golden syrup was devoured by all, whilst we carried on listening about farm life.
After having our refreshments, we were given a display of whip cracking followed by being shown how the fantastic sheep dogs round up the sheep, firstly by practising on ducks and then onto the sheep. How amazing those dogs are! We ended up with being shown how a sheep is shorn, how it was done back in the day and how it is done today.
Time didn’t permit for us to stay for the BBQ, but next visit this is a must, as it looked and smelt delicious.
All the staff were extremely friendly, welcoming and informative and everyone in our group had a fantastic time.
Thank you for a fabulous outing
Community Aid Admin Officer
WILLOUGHBY CITY COUNCIL
The purpose of the Foundation is to enable students who live in remote areas to attend school. Many children from remote areas of New South Wales are not able to attend school because of family circumstances and distance from schools. While excellent distance education facilities now exist, this cannot offer the daily face-to-face teaching, social, recreational and sporting contact which city children take for granted. Assistance is available through the BCEF to subsidise the boarding expenses of secondary school aged children from families with restricted financial resources. Boarding places may be at country boarding schools or community operated hostels. Since 2007, the Foundation extended its support to include young people going on to tertiary study.
The Foundation supports children in a number of boarding facilities schools and hostels in rural New South Wales. These include:
- Allison House, Broken Hill
- Pumula Lodge, Dubbo
Agricultural High Schools:
- Farrer Agricultural High School, Tamworth
- Yanco Agricultural High School, Yanco
- Hurlstone Agricultural High School, Glenfield
Comprehensive High Schools:
- Broken Hill High School, Broken Hill
- Cobar High School, Cobar
- Coomealla High School, Dareton
- Delroy High School, Dubbo
- Yanco Music Class
- All Saints College, Bathurst
- Calrossy Anglican School, Tamworth
- Kildcare Catholic School, Wagga Wagga
- Mater Dei, Wagga Wagga
- McKillop College, Bathurst
- Kinross-Wollaroi School, Orange
- New England Girls High School, Armidale
- Red Bend Catholic College, Forbes
- St Francis de Sales College, Leeton
- St Stanislaus College, Bathurst
- The Armidale School, Armidale
- The Scots School, Albury
The Bush Children’s Education Foundation relies solely on donations from the public to fund annual bursaries and scholarships for eligible students.
Tobruk Sheep Station donates a small percentage of all on site retail product sales to the Bush Children’s Education Foundation.
Please help us support the Foundation.