27 NOVEMBER 2003

Prince Harry has been showing off his newly-learned skills as a "jackaroo" in the Australian outback. The 19-year-old, who is spending part of his gap year working on a cattle ranch, took to the plains with a team of his fellow cattle hands as the world's media looked on.

The prince, a keen polo player, is already an accomplished horseman, but herding cattle is a far cry from winning chukkas. Harry looked to be thoroughly enjoying himself, however, as he and his mount Guardsman helped herd 30 bulls into a mustering yard.

"It's a great country," said the young royal. "I have had a great time working out here, meeting people and learning a bit about how to be a jackaroo."

Dressed in a brown Akubra hat, open-neck blue shirt and jeans, the teenager laughed and joked with the other jackaroos as they steered the cattle around the property.

Harry has been staying on the 16,000-hectare Tooloombilla Station ranch in southern Queensland. His long working-day starts at seven in the morning and doesn’t end until six in the evening.

The cattle station is owned by Annie and Noel Hill, who were long-time friends of Princess Diana. And Noel, the son of millionaire polo star Sinclair Hill, once coached Prince Charles.

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Wearing reflective shades against the strong Australian sun, Harry takes to the saddle on Guardsman to help with a round-up on the ranchPhoto: © PAClick on photos for gallery
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The young royal said he's been having a "great time" working on the outback ranchPhoto: © PA