Jackaroo and Jillaroo School - 11 Day Adventure
Jackaroo and Jillaroo School - 11 Day Adventure
INFORMATION
General Information
"Leconfield" is a working property of 4600 acres set in the beautiful hillside country on the Mulla Creek area of Northern New South Wales. This property has been in the Skerrett family for well over 100 years. Brian Skerrett, the current owner, wants to give people a chance to experience life as a Jackaroo or Jillaroo, so he started a training school. The school has been running since 1983, and has given hundreds of people the chance to learn these time honored and traditional skills. The training school runs over a period of 11 days with groups of up to 15 people per course. The aim of the Jackaroo and Jillaroo course is to provide basic training for people with minimal or no experience, so that their employment prospects are increased. Jillaroo and Jackaroo jobs are eagerly sought after and those without experience or skills are at a great disadvantage.

Ages
Lower age limit is 15 boys and 16 for girls and there is no upper age limit.

Accomodation and Meals
Dormitory style accommodation is provided, including bed linen. We do not allow sleeping bags.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included.
Morning breakfast is self-serve with cereals, toast, spreads (vegemite, peanut butter, jams, etc.)
Lunch is either at the house and provided by the cook or made by the students for themselves with ingredients provided for when we work out in the yards.
Dinner is served at the house provided by the cook.

What can you expect during the course?
All training during the course will be done 'on the job'. Leconfield is a working property and the skills and techniques used will be explained and demonstrated, then carried out by the students under supervision. The tasks you will be taught are those actually carried out in the normal running of the property. By the end of the course students should be able to carry out routine/basic tasks and more skilled jobs with minimal supervision.

What to bring?
Please restrict luggage to one suitcase and a backpack. We do not recommend you wear your favourite jeans or clothes for day-to-day activities. We do have old clothes which you will have access to during your stay for free.

Torch
Water Bottle 600ml - this is to take on horseback
Hats - wide brim and or baseball cap
Raincoat and warm jacket are highly recommended
Riding Boots (Boots are available for hire - $10 charge with $5 refund at the end of the course) Please note: We do not allow boots with buckles, laces or runners.
Towel
Sunscreen
Swimsuit
Camera
Fishing gear for the fishing enthusiast
Snacks ie: Muesli Bars, Fruit, Lemonade, Chocolate, etc. Student accommodation contains basic amenities such as fridge (no freezer), kettle and microwave
No straight liquor or explicit drugs
Extra cash for supply runs as Leconfiled Station is one hour out of town
A USB stick to share photos with fellow students
No firearms permitted on the property

During our course we can teach you:
  • Bridling, saddling, riding and grooming of horses with natural horsemanship
  • Milking, mustering, yarding, tagging, marking and sorting of cattle
  • Mustering, catching, throwing and wigging of sheep
  • Fencing, ie. building and repairing fences
  • Oppourtunities to repair a cattle grid, fix yards and debarking
  • Pasture improvement and weed chipping
  • Whip cracking and lassoing lesson
  • After work there's a nice fire and time to socialize with the other students and improve your whip cracking and lassoing skills. On the last Thursday nght we end the course reminiscing about the days spent, lessons learnt and fun that was had over the 11 days whilst sharing photo memories.

    Although the course is basically a training course, we like to make the sessions as much fun as possible. Students who have already attended the course all agree that they have learned a lot about the land but also have had great fun. For anybody wanting a country holiday where they will be participating in the running of a grazing property, we can thoroughly recommend this school.

    All students receive a certificate stating areas of training and general proficiency attained. We will also try to assist in the placement of students seeking employment.

    Transport to Tamworth
    By Train (Country Link)
    Plane to Tamworth Airport
    Greyhound Pioneer runs a daily service from every major city - Ph: 13 20 30
    We only pick up from the YHA Hostel Tamworth on the school start date at 10am so we reccommend staying there on the Sunday night before your school start date. YHA Hostel Tamworth: Ph (02) 6761 2600

    HAVE YOU EVER DREAMED OF BEING A JACKAROO OR JILLAROO IN THE AUSSIE OUTBACK? STOP DREAMING AND DO IT!
    "LECONFIELD" IS A WORKING PROPERTY. LEARN THE SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES
    "Leconfield" is a working property of 4600 acres set in the beautiful hillside country on the Mulla Creek, located in Northern New South Wales, Tamworth region. This property has been in the Skerrett family for well over 100 years. Brian Skerrett, the current owner, wanted to give people a chance to experience life as a Jackaroo or Jillaroo, so he started a training school. The school has been running since 1983, and has given hundreds of people the chance to learn these time honoured and traditional skills.
    jillaroojackaro@gmail.com
    02 6769 4230

    Jillaroo Jackaroo - EST 1983
    jillaroojackaro@gmail.com
    02 6769 4230

    Jillaroo Jackaroo - EST 1983