Author and cattle station owner Alice Greenup.
Author and cattle station owner Alice Greenup. Contributed

Love of farmer life changing

GYMPIE regional women will have the chance to celebrate the contribution of women in agriculture next month, at a special International Women's Day luncheon.

Beef Cattle Showgirl entrant Kellie Gear is hosting the luncheon at Kingston House Impressions on March 8, where the co-owner of Greenup Eidsvold Station, Alice Greenup, will launch her book, Educating Alice.

Alice was once a footloose city backpacker who couldn't tell a bull from a cow and was hardly the ideal candidate to answer an ad for a governess on a Queensland cattle station.

She was game for anything, until she was bowled over by a handsome young jackaroo with a devastating smile.

It was the start of a whole new way of life as Alice gave up her city-chick persona to embrace the bush and all that came with it - horses, cattle, the obsession with rain - and the correct way to wear a hat.

After overcoming more than a few obstacles, the unlikely couple eventually married, then gambled their dreams on a vast property called Jumma.

It was a huge risk but with a lot of love, blood, sweat and tears, they were on their way. Until one morning a routine muster went horribly wrong. What followed tested their love to the limit. But you will have to hear Alice talk to find out what that was.

Today, she is living her dream on Cardowan at Kumbia, with her husband Rick.

Together they own Greenup Eidsvold Station, a beef cattle enterprise, which runs more than 5000 santa gertrudis cattle.

Tickets are $50 a person and numbers are limited to 80 guests.

The luncheon starts at 12-12.30pm, with a glass of champagne on arrival.

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