National Geographic : 1966 Feb
Unbowed victim of drought, Central Mount Wedge station owner Bill Waudby corrals horses used to work 300 cattle he hope fully keeps as breeding stock. Once his Rhode Island-size spread supported 2,000 head. From Alice Springs, 150 miles away, he hauls beef for his family and feed for the remnant of his herd. Striking contrast drawn by a barbed-wire fence: land on the left retains cover and will spring to life with rain. Starving cattle stripped the other side bare; it may never recover. Cowboy ballads, down-under style, waylay tourists. Aranda tribesmen will offer curios for sale following their concert, performed beside the road to Palm Valley, where a freak of geography permits palm trees to grow. Aborigines in cattle country so admire Amer ican movie cowboys that they wear wrangler's clothing whether they work stock or not.