Doongan and Theda Stations

Doongan and Theda Stations are located on the Gibb River-Kalumburu Rd in the far north Kimberley, and together comprise over 610,00Ha of savanna woodland, rocky escarpment, grassland and rainforest.  

Our operations in the Kimberley are focused on carbon abatement and sustainable land management. Dunkeld Pastoral Co Pty Ltd runs a savanna burning emissions avoidance project under the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund, in which we abate carbon emissions through implementing a managed fire regime across the properties.

The properties house an immensely rich biodiversity, and the protection and management of this asset remains a key focus of our operations.

In addition, the company is involved in a number of significant research projects in the north Kimberley region, with a variety of research partners. These include, the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland.


John and Tracey Gibbs – Managers

John and Tracey are originally from a small coastal town in New Zealand, called Scotts Ferry. Previously, Tracey worked for 12 years at New Zealand’s oldest winery, Te Mata Estate, while John managed Martin Roofing for 10 years. Together they have ran their own roofing business, a dairy farm, worked at the iconic Mount Nicholas Station, regenerated farm land, built two houses and renovated four.

In 2012 they started working at Doongan Station and in 2019, John and Tracey became the managers of Doongan and Theda Stations. They have taken the reigns from Susan Bradley who ran the stations for close to 20 years. Excited about living and working in the Kimberley, John and Tracey's wide range of skills will be a useful addition to Doongan and Theda team.

Current Projects

The Cane Toad Coalition
A group of research, conservation and land management organisations trialing the largest Cane toad mitigation strategy to date...
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Dating Aboriginal Rock Art
An extended dating project “An absolute timescale for the Aboriginal rock art of the Kimberley region – landscape processes and multiple chronometers” follows the pioneering work undertaken in the first Kimberley Rock Art Dating project (2014-2017). The project will run for four years from 2018 and has been awarded a major Linkage Grant by the Australian Research Council with support from the Kimberley Foundation Australia. Find out more.

Kimberley Visions
Kimberley Visions is a five year landmark study mapping the rock art and occupational history of the Northern Kimberley. It examines shared art styles across northern Australia and explores questions of regionalism and identity. Find out more.

Unlocking Environmental Archives
Research to establish a series of long-duration paleo-environmental and paleo climate reconstructions for the Kimberley region spanning the last 60,000 years has been awarded an Australia Research Council grant of $460,429. The project was seed funded by the Kimberley Foundation Australia. Find out more.