The usually dry and dusty paddocks of south-west Queensland have been transformed after long-awaited rain drenched the region last month.

For some, it was the wettest November in 10 or more years.

Wendy Sheehan from Trinidad station, north-west of Quilpie, says the 100-plus millimetres that have fallen across the property since November has been “lovely”.

A young boy runs in a muddy puddle after man and a dog

Wendy’s family celebrating in the puddles after 60mm of rain in early November. (Supplied: Bulldust and Mulga)

“I can’t remember the last time we had such an early start,” Mrs Sheehan said.

A dry and dusty property photo taken from a drone

In early October, this was how Trinidad looked from the sky. There had been no useful rain for six months before this.(Supplied: Bulldust and Mulga)

The Quilpie Shire has been fully drought-declared since 2013.

A nearby station, Goombie, has been a monitoring station for the Bureau of Meteorology since 1925.

A flock of sheep in a full dam cooling off

The sheep at Trinidad making the most of the extra water in the dams around the property.(Supplied: Bulldust and Mulga)

In the past 21 years, the only year that’s had a wetter November at Goombie is 2010 when 146.6mm was recorded.

Consistent follow-up rain is key for good pasture growth, particularly when the rainfall can be variable and patchy.

Two sheep stand in a dry paddock before rain

Before the rain in October, Trinidad was incredibly dry. (Supplied: Bulldust and Mulga)

Luckily, Mrs Sheehan says, there was enough follow up for the rain to make a good difference.

“Storm rain is very variable,” she said.

A drone shot of a gully filling with water after rain

A feeder gully at Trinidad after one of the first falls of rain.(Supplied: Bulldust and Mulga)

“But in general we’ve had useful rain right across the place. There have been a few falls through November. It’s all starting to meet up.”

With the La Niña declaration in mind, Mrs Sheehan says more follow up rain is needed to get a good kickstart to the season and ensure the growth from this rain survives.

Heavy dew on small shoots of button grass

Heavy dew on button grass at Trinidad Station, Quilpie.(Supplied: Bulldust and Mulga)

“We’re always looking for the next bit of rain because it’s only as good as the next rainfall.

“At the moment, the temperatures have been good. Hopefully the rain keeps coming out here.”

Along with the rain, Mrs Sheehan says some welcome and not so welcome guests have arrived at Trinidad.

Sheep grazing on green grass in a paddock

The sheep are enjoying some extra green pick thanks to all the rain since the end of October.(Supplied: Bulldust and Mulga)

“It’s good for the dung beetles,” she said.

Graziers hopeful ‘the rain keeps coming’ after years of drought
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