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Outback Mobs Module Map
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Outback Mobs Overview
This overview provides a snapshot of the module's sections with corresponding essential questions, key understandings and learning outcomes. [pdf 609.5 kb]

Why is cattle grazing a key issue in northern Australia?

Savanna Windows provides comprehensive resources about the challenges and significance of cattle grazing in northern Australia's savannas.

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Cattle outnumber people 7:1 in northern Australia with an estimated herd size of 7.3 million beef cattle. Cattle grazing is the most extensive land-based industry in Australia's tropical savannas so it needs to be managed sustainably.

Grazing cattle was one of the first industries to be established in northern Australia by early European settlers in the late 1800s. This region, north of the Tropic of Capricorn, covers about 180 million hectares of land with 84% of the total area native pasture (Source: Meat & Livestock Australia).

Overarching questions

Why is the pastoral industry so significant in northern Australia?

How has history shaped the cattle industry in northern Australia?

Compare past and present grazing practices. Were they and are they sustainable?

Outback Mobs focuses on the past, present and future of the pastoral industry in northern Australia. It also explores the events, people and practices that have shaped cattle grazing.