Australian farmers battle drought

Over many years Australian farmers have accepted the "droughts and flooding rains" of our country. Many have devised a method to enable them to continue on their property as the seasons roll by.
This site attempts to bring together in one reference point these systems and government initiatives to enable our visitors to explore some of the options available plus what is happening in the rest of the world.
If you know of another system please advise me at so that it can be included in this site.

Natural sequence farming

Natural sequence farming is the secret to restoring our water-starved continent? For more than a decade, two farmers have shown that parched landscapes can be revived. And finally Canberra is listening. Australian Story explores the potential solution to Australia’s drought crisis.
YouTube video - How Peter Andrews rejuvenates drought-struck land
ABC - Natural sequence farming


The late, P.A. Yeomans and particularly his son’s Allan & Ken have provided a significant influence to producers around the world through their development of the Keyline farming system.
The Challenge of Landscape
The Geographical Basis of Keyline (J MacDonald Holmes) 1960 (Originally) P A Yeomans’ work examined.
Keyline is being continued by the Regrarians
Regrarian, a neologism of 'Regenerative Agrarian'. It is a term first coined by Darren J Doherty in 2013 to describe those who are actively undertaking the serious & timely process of regenerating, restoring, rehabilitating, rekindling and rebooting production landscapes, be they urban or rural, across the world.


Permaculture is an integrated system of ecological and environmental design which Bill Mollison co-developed with David Holmgren, and which they together envisioned as a perennial and sustainable form of agriculture.
Bill Mollison Permaculture Lecture Series, On-Line
Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution — An Interview with Bill Mollison

Landcare Australia

Landcare Australia
Landcare Rescue Stories
Rescue is a partnership between Landcare Australia and UNSW and forms part of a research project into the power of citizen storytelling in environmental communication.

BOM - Australian Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau's Water and the Land web site aims to provide an integrated suite of information for people involved in primary production, natural resource management, industry, trade and commerce.
The website brings together a range of services from rainfall forecasts for the week ahead to climate change and trend maps in an easily accessible and intuitive way.
Drought - Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Climate Data Online Use the Text or Map to view daily and monthly statistics, historical weather observations, rainfall, temperature and solar tables, graphs and data for any Australian weather station.

Drought Mitigation

A search for "drought mitigation" in Google produced these sites.
Try your luck to see what you can locate.

State aerial mapping services

Use these mapping services for an aerial view of your property and other properties mentioned in the above articles.
SIXmaps - QLD
SIX maps - NSW
Vicmap - VIC
South Australia
Western Australia
Northern Territory
These maps and Google Earth all provide GPS location information.
( Download Google Earth )
The Regrarians site also provides GPS data so that you can locate others who are using the Keyline practices.


Carbon farming - ABC Podcast - December 2018
Defying the Drought - ABC Podcast - August 2018
Brown Gold: A surprising ingredient helping to drought-proof properties - ABC Podcast - July 2018

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Across Australia, early Europeans commented again and again that the land looked like a park. With extensive grassy patches and pathways, open woodlands and abundant wildlife, it evoked a country estate in England. This link takes you to details of the book titled -
The Biggest Estate on Earth

Kalgoorlie Goldfields Water Supply Scheme

Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie Goldfields Water Supply Scheme

Snowy Mountains Scheme

Snowy Mountains Scheme hydro electricity and irrigation complex

We are not alone - The World Problem

Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
World Health Organisation - Integrated Drought Management Programme - Australia is not alone with drought problems.
Desert Greening
The Ojos Negros valley, in Baja California, Mexico , has an arid climate and is, therefore, subject to frequent droughts. This site was developed by a group of academics for the farmers of the Ojos Negros valley in Mexico.