About

Howdy! My name is Jess. When I started this blog I was living in a small country town in Queensland, Australia. I got dragged there kicking and screaming by my parents in 2006 when I was 16, but after a short stage of denial, I immersed myself into everything horsey and country! It was only natural, my parents banned me from using the ‘h’ word, (‘horse’), from a very young age.

In 2012 my family moved to the Pilbara in Western Australia. After a couple of years ripping it up in country Queensland, I have now moved to the Pilbara too.

After a time driving road trains through the desert, I’ve now returned to the land where I’m working on a 250,000acre cattle station.

If you would like to get in contact with me for any media opportunities or for any requests, pop me an email at jess@jillaroojess.com.

Enjoy!

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90 Replies to “About”

  1. Happy to have found your blog! Hope you don’t mind if I reblog some stuff occasionally and would love for you to enter the agventure competition!

  2. Hey Jess,
    Your blog looks fantastic – right up my alley. Only time for a quick squiz right now, but I’m really looking forward to spending time getting around it. Congrats on NOISE too – great paper.
    Thanks for following my blog. Hope its a blessing to you!

  3. Thanks for your “like” on my blog. I went through most of yours and am now thinking I need to acquire an Aussie slang dictionary in order to get full benefit from your stories!

  4. Your blog look great I have been looking around it this afternoon. Will browse around again. Our slang is unique and I love it. My Dad grew up in the bush and we inherited a lot of his sayings. Like your blog

    1. Thank you 🙂 Yes it certainly is! You don’t realise it until you speak with people from different countries. Bush sayings certainly are funny! Thanks for having a squiz at my blog.

  5. Thank you for liking my post and leading me here. Your life sounds rather beautiful: Australian countryside – could there be anything prettier in the world? Your “kicking and screaming” made me laugh.

    Cheers,
    Ilona

    1. No worries, I absolutely love the photo of the monkeys! Would be amazing to meet one 🙂
      Yes, I am fortunate to live in such a beautiful country. Now I’d be kicking and screaming to go back to the city! Lol!

  6. Cool blog Jess, my life seems to be the opposite of yours – I grew up on a horse farm, and moved to the city in the early 2000s. It’s been fun living the city life, but I’m longing for the country vibe more and more.

  7. Hi Jess. Love your blog. I have just liked your page. You and friend have an awesome Facebook page. I love your blog banner. Is that you riding the horse on it? Superb. I love horse riding but unfortunately being an IT job holder and living in Pakistan’s rushy city area I cannot much fancy being a horse rider. I envy you. Do visit my blog and let me know how can I make it more better and what kind of writing I should do. Would love your feedback and criticism. Thanks. TC

    1. Hi TC, thanks for visiting! And thank you, we should get back to posting on it, have been slack! Yes that is me riding in that picture. Thank you, I love it too! Yes it would be hard living in the city to go riding. I actually work in IT too- though I’d love to work outside! Of course, I’ll keep an eye on your writings. Thanks for visiting 🙂

      1. Superb. then. I am about to start a community page for friends and friendship quotes on Facebook. Also thinking about blogging its posts in a different blog and tweeting about it. I’ll let you know soon about it. Let me know about your other projects and interest too which you are posting online anywhere. Thanks for prompt reply. Blessings and take care Jess.

      2. Most welcome. and I’d always love to have your comments, good and bad feedback and all. I am in Pakistan nothern areas for a long vacation right now. Shall be back to blogging world after I come back and which is in May 1. 🙂

      1. Everybody leaving a comment has the same chance to win, and Hayley picked You 🙂 No trouble at all. I really enjoy reading your blog. Have a great weekend!

        ~ Maria

  8. The countryside-Australia-life that u are living seems beautiful and vibrant through your blog, thanks for sharing. I enjoy your connection with the dogs, horses, cows…they are fantastic:)

  9. Wow, love the name Jillaroo. I had a friend who had a couple kangaroo living at home with him in Tampa, FL. Your bio reminded me of them in reverse. They seemed quite comfy where they hang their hats these days. Thanks for your time as well friend, God bless you and Perseverance.

  10. Wow I have a new found respect for people that work in the country. After reading your blog it seems you have to be a tough cookie 🙂 Stay well

    1. Thank you! I haven’t always lived and worked in the country. I’ve found that country people are some of the warmest people around 🙂 Thanks for checking my blog out.

  11. Thanks for the likes, darlin!

    Just read through every one of your posts! I am quite jealous. Working the current job I have, as a governess is the first time I have been on a station before! I am absolutely loving it out here and am hoping to pick up a few more skills with each muster I go to help with. I like to help out on the property when I can, and hopefully with the next job I land I’ll be able to actually work as a Jillaroo! Would be a dream! Enjoyed your tales and looking forward to reading more! 🙂

    1. Wow, I am honoured that you read every one! Lol! Thanks 🙂 Working as a governess would be interesting, especially when you get to muster too. It’s pretty easy to find work as a station hand, and at least doing what you do now you are building up experience! Are you in outback QLD? I’m actually jealous of YOU! Unfortunately I’m only a part-time cowgirl, but you are full-time living the dream!

  12. Thanks for the like on The view from my lens.Nice blog, I like your piece about working like a dog. Austrailian Shepheards are used on ranches in this area, because they are good worers and good friends.

    1. No worries, thanks for visiting me too 🙂 I love some of the photos on your blog, especially the country ones! Yes, I would love to own one, they’re beautiful!

  13. Thanks for the like on my blog. It’s fun to check yours out too. Glad you are loving the outback. Such a special part of the country.

  14. Hey, love your style Jess, great work, and stories, and let’s face it we live in the best country in the world! And better still, God’s country – Queensland…!

    And great pictures by the way…!! 🙂

    1. Thanks! We absolutely do! I love Queensland! You can’t have a much more Aussie name too, Baz! Lol. I look forward to keeping up with your adventures 🙂

    1. No worries, I am mostly interested in farming blogs like yours! Yes, I work in Gympie and live a little north of it. Oh really? You might understand some of my stories better than some then! I’ve always wanted to visit country Canada. Maybe I’ll visit Manitoba one day! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  15. Thanks for reading and “Liking” SNORK! I have relatives (my husband’s actually) living in Australia (Perth) and a few readers. I’m just getting started in blogging (I see you’ve been at it a while). Yours is great! Best wishes, Anita

  16. You’ve got a wonderful blog here, I love the design it really is a great backdrop to your subject. And that header – wow! Actually it reminds me of when I was a teenager…I was obsessed with riding. If we could have had those kind of open spaces we would have been in HEAVEN. Your cattle operation is a lot more heavy duty than mine…I’m just in it for the flowers 😉 I’ll be back soon.

    1. Thank you 🙂 I absolutely love the contrast of brown grass and blue sky. I tried to bring that to my blog. Typical teenage girls hey, I got banned from saying horse when I was younger! Haha. Yeah it is some beautiful country around here. Haha nothing wrong with flowers in my books 😉 I’ve been known to jump off my horse to pick a wildflower to stick in my hat! Thank you for visiting!

  17. G’Day Jess,
    I’ve finally found your blog! I have been seeing your picture pop up all over the place but for some reason couldn’t locate your blog (it doesn’t seem to be linked to your Gravatar – or else I’m too dumb to work it out). Anyway glad to have found you and happy to be following,
    Cheers,
    Mandy

    1. Hi Mandy!
      Wow, I’m honoured that you’ve been searching for me! Yes I have the same troubles with peoples gravatars too.. Seems like a silly thing to me! I’ll try to fix it. Thanks for finding me, it seems we share similar interests, I look forward to reading your adventures 🙂
      Jess

    1. No worries. I was searching for other Aussie blogs, and came across your piece on Krudd. Was interesting, I didn’t catch it on the news! Unfortunately, I’m working on the farm until after the news each night lol!

  18. Thank you for finding our blog and liking it. We had to ask Mom what a horse was ‘cuz we don’t have any of those around here. She told us to think about a really, really big dog so we kind of got an idea. We think it’s so cool that your Kitty gets to play with horses. We all enjoy reading about your adventures. 🙂

    1. Hi there Hemingway and Shakespeare. Thanks for looking at my blog. You would love it over here, so many places for cats to explore and catch rats, and play with big dogs! I must tell Kitty he has some feline fans. Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to hearing more about your stories 🙂

  19. Love your blog! I spent months watching all the seasons of Mcleod’s Daughters on NetFlix. I loved the Aussie accents and figuring out the different slang words/terms. Some day I’ll get to visit the other side of the world! I love the country too and so I think I’m going to enjoy your blog posts:)

  20. Hello to the DOWN UNDER:) I Love Australia. It is on my bucket list of places to go. I have one of my huge fine art pieces hanging in a house there, in a town I forget right now…LOL. South of Queensland??? AND as we speak I am listening to a band I love from there called “The Waifs” Thanks for liking and following The Sundog Drift. Hope I can keep you entertained. Will follow your adventures too.

  21. Thank you for visiting and following my blog “Musings of a Horse Mom.”.. You sound like you lead quite a life amongst the horses and music. Good for you for knowing what you want and going for it. … I was in Australia last year (NSW) and really enjoyed my stay. I hope to return one day. Maybe even to Queensland 😉 … Nurture what you love … Dorothy 🙂

  22. Dear Jess

    The National Library of Australia is interested in contacting the author of this blog with regard to its possible inclusion within PANDORA: Australia’s Web Archive. We were unable to locate any contact details onsite and are requesting that if you are interested in your blog being archived that you contact us at: webarchive [at] nla.gov.au.

    You can see more details on the Archive at the link below. http://pandora.nla.gov.au/about.html

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  23. Hi Jess, I was so happy to discover your blog today, and read about your exciting stories and lifestyle. I was trawling through the internet looking for similar style work and unexpectedly stumbled across your gem of a blog! I’m a 19 year old Australian girl currently searching and searching for stationhand/jillaroo/ringer style work. Have had some previous experience with general farm duties, livestock handling, mustering and fencing, but just can’t seem to find any work, that is suitable for my level of experience. I was wondering whether you knew anyone looking to take someone on. Am very keen to learn, and like to work hard and get the job done. If you do have any information I would really appreciate it!!!
    Thanks, Chanelle

    1. Hi Chanelle,
      Thank you for stopping by 🙂 Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. I’ve moved across the country and life is crazy! There’s always work for ringers if you look in the right place. I’m not sure what state you live in, but keep an eye out in the country newspaper, in Qld that was called The Country Life. Also, there are Facebook groups such as ‘Ringers From The Top End’ and ‘Station Life’ which often post jobs. Even on Gumtree.com.au you’ll find jobs advertised. There were a couple of stations looking for staff not that long ago near me (Pilbara, WA). I have contacts in Qld and NT and can always keep an eye out in the Pilbara for you – depending on where you want to work?

  24. Hi Jess,
    My name’s Erin and I’m an Aussie writer based in a semi-rural area in Chile. I’m writing an article for a Chilean online magazine for English language learners, which will explore the social lives of young people and families in rural Australia.

    I’m interested in hearing about the social side of rural vs city life straight from locals. I came across your blog while searching for female bloggers in rural Australia and wonder if you’d be available and interested in answering a few questions (they shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes of your time!). If you’re interested, please email me at efwaltonATgmail.com

    Hope all’s going well back home in Oz! Erin

  25. Hi Jess,
    Would you be interested in interviewing some (up and coming and established) Australian country musicians on your blog? Please let me know your email address or contact number, and I’ll get in touch about some opportunities.

  26. Hi Jess,

    Is it okay if i use some of your blog information for my research project as my research is based around life as a jillaroo?

    Thanks 🙂

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