Spontaneous, audacious Tess meets reticent, stubborn Claire when the half-sisters are reunited by their father Jack's recent death and an "odd couple" situation is born. A simple mistake by Tess leads to Claire making some difficult decisions.
It's shearing time and one of the men arrives with a reputation as a killer. Tess witnesses strange goings on and uncovers a secret, as Claire struggles to maintain her authority over the shearers, desperate to meet the deadline for selling her wool.
Jealousies arise as Claire competes in the rodeo while Nick and Alex compete for Tess's attention. Becky's reputation lands her in serious trouble, and the two sisters forget their differences and come to the rescue.
When Claire buys a pen of undernourished sheep from the stock sales, Tess questions her judgment. The truck transporting them breaks down, leaving the girls to drove the ailing sheep home on foot. Jodi's exam results bring a surprise conclusion.
Tess's confidence is shaken when she falls from her horse. She wonders if she truly belongs at Drover's Run, but finds her skill as a rider when Claire is in need. Claire makes her toughest decision since Jack's death.
When Claire finds evidence that her father loved Tess, she feels threatened. Meg and Claire discover more about Becky's home life when she temporarily returns to work at her parents' truck stop.
A feral bull is wreaking havoc on Drover's Run, and Harry Ryan uses the opportunity to stake his own claim on the girls' property despite Alex's opposition.
A steamy night gives away Meg's secret lover, and Claire puts her life on the line against a wild stallion that comes in the night to steal her prized mare.
Tess puts herself in danger when she comes between a dangerous wild boar and Claire's beloved cattle dog.
Emotional and traumatic events of past and present return to haunt the lives of the women of Drovers Run.
Meg struggles to cope with the reality of Jodi's coming of age and during the ensuing surprise party relationships are put to the test.
Tess learns the impenetrable rules of what to say and not to say in the country and an innocent remark re open a very ugly wound, which divides the Ryan brothers.
When the McLeods' neighbour, Bill Tilson decides to sell up and move to the city, Claire sees the precariousness of her own situation on Drover's Run. Meg meanwhile is preparing to make her annual tomato chutney. Despite her best efforts it tastes awful and she doesn't understand why.
Cattle duffers working in the district. Killarney has been struck and a flock of Claire's sheep have gone missing. The arrival of Senior Constable Cook to inform Claire the sheep have been found in the national park puts the wind up Becky and Jodi who suspect he knows more than he's saying about Becky's altercation with Brian.
Tess is left in charge of Drovers Run when Claire attends an AI seminar. Sparks fly when she meets Peter Johnson. Tess proves herself by saving cows from a polluted river.
The sudden death of local farmer Max Martin alarms Harry, prompting inner fears of his own mortality, and a sudden outward drive to defy whatever fate may have in store by pursuing instant and rapid expansion of his property. Meanwhile Claire and Tess come across an accident involving one of their own with dramatic consequences for the Ryans.
A good sale at the sheep sales and the girls are ready to celebrate. A night at the pub, a bit of Karaoke perhaps, all the signs of a great "Girls Night Out". But things don’t go as planned when it is revealed that the new barmaid, Kimmy, has been copping the same abuse Becky fell victim to at the hands of Brian. Resolving that something must be done, the decision is made to wait until closing and see if they can catch Brian fair and square.
Claire is finding it difficult to come to terms with Tess' new found relationship with Alex. Her dream of developing a quarter horse breeding program at Drover's Run looks as if it may be close to coming to fruition and she's using it as an excuse to push Tess away. Claire is about to achieve her dream, and wants Tess to have hers - that little cafe in Brunswick she used to talk about.
Love is in the air over Drovers Run. When Alberto, an itinerant, good looking young Italian rescues Jodi from a rampant steer she falls hopelessly in love with him.
Tess is obsessed with her new psychology theory - the three levels of why. But all the psychology in the world can't explain why Alex isn't as romantic as she would like him to be, why Becky and Jodi are at each other's throats, or why Loverboy - the bull Claire sells to Nick - keeps breaking out of Nick's yards and returning to Drovers Run.
After a grubby day mustering cattle, Tess is thrilled to see two friends turn up unannounced at the homestead. Simon and Briony are her best mates from TAFE. While they're still hugging hello they drop their bombshell. They've got a lease on the cafe they all dreamed about and they want Tess to come back to the city with them ASAP.
Jodi is excited by the upcoming charity polo match she's organized to be played at Drovers Run - part of her fund-raising efforts for the Miss Gungellan quest. Becky finds Brian ransacking her room and he informs her the charges against him have been dropped. Becky is devastated. Everyone is alarmed when Brian's body is discovered in a dam.
Alex teases Tess about her new venture, a hemp crop. Becky gets a visit from Sean escaping another of their father's benders. Becky is secretly thrilled, seeing her chance to stop Sean going down the same path as Mark, her jailbird older brother.
Drovers Run has a rabbit infestation and rabbit habits seem to be contagious. Claire can't get Peter Johnson out of her mind, and is worried that, having made the first romantic move towards her, he's got cold feet.
Claire's relationship with Peter is deepening. They are spending virtually twenty-four hours a day together as they seek out horses for training, and the time spent together only confirms how much they are starting to feel for each other.
It's a dry spell and the women are suffering the consequences of water shortages. Claire cleans out an old bore to water her stock, but the newly discovered water soon dries up when Nick irrigates his cash crop at Wilgul. Initial attempts to resolve the situation amicably fail, so a water licencing representative is called in to adjudicate on who is entitled to the water.
Meg's world is thrown into turmoil at the arrival of her first love, the man she gave her heart to and the man she's told everyone walked out on her. Kevin didn't walk out on Meg, he asked her to go with him and she refused. Jodi finds her dad simply delightful. As Meg and Kevin spend time together Meg remembers all the reasons she fell in love with Kevin in the first place.
As final preparations for the Miss Gungellan ball continue, Meg is faced with a difficult decision; to stay at the place she loves or to leave with the man she loves. Jodi is desperate to go with her father and is over the moon when Meg decides to take a chance for once in her life.
Tess is finding herself increasingly isolated from Claire because of Peter. Tess tries to patch things up between Alex and Nick but mistakenly reveals the truth about the rodeo accident ... that Harry could've stopped the boys going but chose not to. Alex storms out of Killarney, leaving his distraught parents, and goes to join Nick.
Claire and Peter appear to move one step closer to marriage when Peter holds a romantic dinner for her, presenting her with a valuable ruby pendant and declaring he wants to spend the rest of his life with her. Meanwhile Becky plays detective and armed with a phone number, discovers what she vainly hoped was not true, that Peter is in fact married. She struggles with the problem of telling Claire, knowing it will destroy Claire's life.
Claire's relationships are fragmented ... Becky and she barely speaking, and Tess is living in Melbourne. When Peter arrives, unsuspecting, she asks him straight out whether he is married, and on learning that he is, she sends him packing, telling him the relationship is over.
Claire is taking the loss of both Peter and Tess badly. Unable to raise energy or enthusiasm for anything, including the imminent birth of Blaze’s foal, she nonetheless refuses to accept she is suffering from emotional stress. Things reach crisis point when she decides to cancel her contract with Australian Bloodlines and sell Drovers Run. She offers it to Harry who agrees to buy.
Tess meanwhile is being kept busy by the success of the café in Melbourne and is unaware of recent events back at Drovers, and Simon is trying to see that things stay that way.
Despite being cautioned against it, Nick starts riding again, but getting back in the saddle proves to be the easy part. Alex returns to Killarney.
Things appear to be going well for Becky's young brother Sean who is. However, when older brother Mark returns to the district, he determinedly sows the seeds of temptation for Sean. Sean soon finds himself unwillingly drawn into Mark's plans against the Ryans.
There's a fox on the prowl. Tess can understand the need to shoot the animal, but if there's a better way to handle the pest, Tess will find it. When Terry buys some wethered Alpacas it seems the perfect solution until Tess learns that one of her Alpacas is a stolen $200,000 Peruvian stud.
With the drought continuing, and no money to buy feed or truck in water, Claire, Tess, and Nick join forces. Like the drovers of old, they take their amalgamated herds out on the Gungellan track. Meg is quietly delighted when the Ryans send Terry along to help and sees a chance to win him back from Jane. The attraction between Nick and Tess grows.
Tess motivates Claire into rekindling her dreams of becoming a stock horse trainer and breeder. Drovers Run needs the money and with Peter safely out of the way there is slim chance of crossing paths with him again. There's no reason why the dream can't be pursued.
A stranger knocks on their door in the middle of the night claiming a broken down van, and suspiciousion are aroused. When it is discovered occupants of the van are strippers. Jodi is thrilled and volunteers to cook them dinner with disastrous results.
Everything from Drovers in stolen as Jodii and Craig are have a secret rendezvous in the spa. When Wilgul is burgled, Tess and Nick set a trap to catch the thieves.
Claire is irritated over Tess's three homestay guests. They're starting to shear today, and the last thing she needs are tourists, getting in the way. Jodi is surprised by Alberto's return from Italy.
Claire and Alex are finding potential clients are being put off by rumours circulated by Peter Johnson that 10 years ago Alex was responsible for crippling an ex-local boy, Stefan Van Amstel, when he ran his car off the road. The incident was hushed up by Harry's blood money.
Tess meets Sandra Kinsela at the cattle sale yards and likes her instantly, only to discover Claire dislikes her intensely. Their childhood dispute is renewed when a herd of calves is stolen from Drovers and Claire is convinced Sandra is responsible.
Sexual tension is mounting between Nick and Tess. Tess is ready to take a step forward but is interrupted when Alex's chopper flies over Killarney and dusts with chemicals, which threatens the freshly sewn Wilgul organic wheat crop.
On the eve of the Gungellan Show, Claire is presented with repossession papers, a result of her defaulting on her contract with Australian Bloodlines. Claire is shattered when she discovers she is pregnant. Becky is devastated when Brick doesn't return. Nick and Tess become estranged.
Peter offers to stop Australian Bloodline's repossessing Drovers if Claire agrees to marry him. After rejecting Peter's deal, Claire takes him on in the Stockman's Challenge and falls. Her accident reveals her pregnancy and Alex claims paternity.
Claire arrives home and must face the truth about her baby's father. When Claire is picked up by Alex from hospital, her desire is to pick up her life where she left it. But hanging over her head is the lie she told months ago, that Alex is the father of her unborn child.
Claire and Alex's lie about the baby causes a major upset between the sisters. Claire is in control, or she thinks she is. She is limping around the farm, refusing help, ignoring her physiotherapy routines and keeping Tess at arms length.
Becky's search for Brick comes to an end while Jodi's dreams of a big wedding cause tension. Jodi is planning an elaborate wedding and Meg's right behind her. Initially, they don't notice that Alberto has reservations.
Tess believes Sally is cheating on Nick, while Alberto calls off the wedding after discovering Jodi had a fling overseas. When Tess sees Sally hugging a stranger and then overhears an apparently compromising phone call, she starts jumping to conclusions.
When Becky and Jake are forced to steal a horse, they find new depths to their relationship. Alex is dismayed when Claire starts buying up old nags from the saleyards to save them from going for dog food. This isn't a good investment in time or money for their horse training business. But Alex can't win with Claire at the moment.
Unexpected events result in an unlikely outcome on Jodi and Alberto's much anticipated wedding day. It is the night before Jodi's wedding and a powerful electrical storm rages.
When Becky and Jake are forced to steal a horse, they find new depths to their relationship. Alex is dismayed when Claire starts buying up old nags from the saleyards to save them from going for dog food.
Claire discovers a hidden treasure which brings back ghostly memories of her mother and unleashes a gnawing fear that she too will die in childbirth.
When Becky and Jake are forced to steal a horse, they find new depths to their relationship. Alex is dismayed when Claire starts buying up old nags from the saleyards to save them from going for dog food.
As Harry and Alex battle each other, Tess finds it hard to resist her attraction to Dave the vet.
When a heartbroken journalist friend of Tess comes to Drovers Run the private lives of all the women and their men become very public.
Becky and Jake's relationship is tested when his real background is revealed, causing shock waves which impact on everyone at Drovers' Run.
The charade of being the father of Claire's baby is causing Alex problems especially when Sandra Kinsella appears on the scene.
When Jodi receives a chain letter, she tears it up and throws it away, and then misfortune strikes Drovers. Has she unleashed a curse?
Nick and Alex must face the awful truth of Harry’s new girlfriend whilst they argue over Harry’s proposal for a stock route through Drovers Run.
Min Min lights are seen by Claire and Tess over Drovers. Tess is determined to believe they are a good omen, but Claire, restless and uneasy in the last stages of pregnancy, insists they’re natural phenomena but trouble awaits.
It’s been a week since Baby McLeod was born, but she still remains nameless. Claire isn't too worried - she’ll know the right name when she thinks of it. But she is suffering a bad case of cabin fever as she struggles to balance motherhood with running Drovers.
Claire is having a naming ceremony for Charlotte Prudence McLeod with her friends and family when Peter arrives. Claire has written to him after the birth, telling him he is a father. Peter is justifiably angry. Not only did Claire and Alex lie to him as to who was the father, but Claire did not advise him until after the birth.
Meg is dedicating herself to her studies in order to prove herself at TAFE, and is thoroughly immersed in ‘Pride and Prejudice’. The misjudgements and misunderstandings of character that drive that classic echo through everyone’s dealings at Drovers Run.
Jodi is determined to succeed at the CFS training weekend despite feeling that Nick is not doing anything to help her. Her original enthusiasm is slowly destroyed as she is put through her paces and exhaustion sets in. A flirtation with another trainee, Toby, turns to animosity when she realises he does not want to be teamed up with a girl. She begins to feel that Nick is unfairly picking on her and pushing her to fail. Overnight she confides these feelings in Becky and Tess. Tess is quick to jump to Nick’s defence much to Dave’s bemusement. Becky gives a pep talk encouraging enough to propel her back to the second day of training determined to succeed.
Becky and Jake use Stormcloud to set up a stud on Drovers, going into partnership with Claire and Tess for the use of their land and reputation. Claire finds it hard not to be involved, a horse stud has long been her dream; and it's especially hard when Jake wants to do business with people she does not approve of.
Alex and Nick come to the rescue of an attractive woman named Ellie when her car breaks down on a country road. Almost instantly they're pitched into a competition to woo her, and the lead quickly shifts from one to the other as each shines with his own charm.
When Drovers is quarantined and the future of the stock placed under a cloud, true friends seem few and far between.
Vince, who is keen on Claire, convinces her to nominate for the vacant position on the Gungellan Farmer's Council. Tess volunteers herself as her campaign manager and speechwriter.
Claire's role as spokesperson for the local farmers' association requires her to visit Melbourne and meet with their MLA, Charles Bateman, who is attending a national forum with other MPs. Alex is insistent that he comes along to look after mother and baby while he pursues some Wilgul matters but the real reason is that he wants to meet his biological father, an eminent barrister Bryce Redstaff.
Claire and Alex are still in Melbourne with Charlotte, blissfully in love, and making plans to extend their stay another day. At Drovers, Tess and Dave are also happy and making plans for their wedding day. When Tess, in the shower, discovers a lump in her breast, she fears her mother's fate and goes into denial, telling no-one, not
Prompted by Becky, Claire asks Harry if she can use King Harold in a new breeding program on Drovers. Harry agrees, only to renege on the deal when Sandra claims he’d promised King Harold to her. Claire’s furious and Harry is embarrassed, but there’s nothing either of them can do. Sandra is looking for proof that she’s now part of the Ryan family, King Harold was the first test but now she wants Harry to pass another, will he organise a family lunch and introduce her properly as the new woman in his life? Claire, Nick and Alex accept Harry’s lunch invitation before they realise that it’s in honour of Sandra.
The Young Farmer of the Year contest comes to Drovers Run, bringing difficult choices for both Claire and Becky about the men they love.
Drovers Run hosts the Regional Young Farmer of the Year Award, and Becky is surprised to learn that Jake has entered. He tells her he’s going to win her back. They compete neck and neck and slowly Becky is won over by his persistence and charm and the old spark between them returns. When Jake asks her to come and live with him on the property he’s leased, Becky is truly torn between the man she loves and Drovers Run.
Tess’s upcoming operation has thoughts of mortality creeping in and Tess begins to write a letter to Charlotte so that her niece can know her should Tess no longer be around. Claire reminiscences when an old friend turns up unexpectedly.
In a dramatic and emotional episode, heartbreak hits Drover's Run. Tess anxiously awaits the results of her breast cancer tests convinced that her time is up while Alex and Claire decide to move in together. Tess's premonition of death appears to be unfounded when she receives good news but planned celebrations are cut short when a sister's worst nightmare come true and the ultimate sacrifice must be
Claire’s death has everyone is dealing with it in their own way. Tess tries to keep her emotions in check, unable to deal with her grief and burdened by survivor’s guilt. A surprise visitor at Drovers Run helps Tess when she needs it most.
In the 2003 season finale, Tess is finding it tough going with Stevie. She's insolent and competitive and as far as Tess is concerned, not a team player. When a private investigator comes looking for Stevie, Tess is convinced she has something to hide. After being confronted by Tess, Stevie packs her bags but when Charlotte's life is threatened, Tess and Stevie must put aside their differences to save her.
A stolen horse, a raging bushfire, and Stevie defying orders push Tess to the limit now she is in charge of Drovers Run.
It’s high noon at Drovers when Tess and Stevie get caught in a sting by Sandra.
Tess’ world is turned upside down by the arrival of a man claiming to be Jack McLeod’s long lost son. Guest stars Jeremy Lindsay Taylor. Stars Bridie Carter and Sonia Todd.
Sandra has a surprising solution when Alex and Nick face a heart wrenching decision, while Tess tackles her own problems with a charging bull and a gate.
Stevie uncovers a dying man's secret, and some secrets of her own are ready to rock Drovers Run.
When Tess's fantasy world collides with reality, she finds herself pulled in two different directions, and must decide between the two men who love her.
Tess and Nick try to put their faltering relationship back on track, but there is an explosion that neither sees coming.
Alex's first love arrives in town with a proposition for Alex – which turns out to be a lot more complicated than it seems.
Tess has a fight on her hands when Peter claims custody of Charlotte. Alex enlists the help of his barrister father, Bryce.
An old well on Drovers Run holds a forgotten secret for Tess, leading her to a devastating decision about the future. Myles and Aaron receive some surprising news.
Stevie's ex husband arrives at Drovers with some surprising news - their divorce never went through, he's here to win her back.
Tess trusts the wrong stranger and has to rescue Jodi from a dangerous situation.
Drastic changes are about to happen when Meg's sister, Celia, pays a visit and Meg takes a long hard look at her future.
Jodi battles with what seems like the biggest decision of her life after Kate Manfredi marches into Drovers Run, while Sandra's pregnancy causes more sorrow than joy.
The girls hit the road, decked out in their finest for a big night at the B & S ball, but Stevie has a secret agenda that the others are about to uncover.
When Stevie's daughter Rose arrives unannounced, life at Drovers is thrown into turmoil for everyone - and Stevie is faced with revealing the biggest secret of her life.
An innocent flirtation turns into something more dangerous for Kate as Stevie and Alex finally realise their dream of starting a rodeo school.
Stevie falls for the charismatic Kane, while Alex's growing friendship with him creates estrangement between the Ryan brothers.
Tess's birthday forces her to take a long, hard look at herself, but she "sees" more than she bargained for and unwittingly creates some midsummer night's madness.
Alex and Stevie’s friendship is put to the test when Kane comes between them.
Tess's plans to propose to Nick go haywire when Dave makes a discovery that threatens to derail the proposal permanently.
When Stevie's past catches up with her, she decides to run again - and this time she asks Kane to come with her.
As marriage looms for Tess and Nick, Tess finds herself in over her head.
Jodi's new position in the Country Fire Service is compromised when Luke becomes the prime suspect in a series of fires.
An earth tremor makes Tess worried about the omens for her wedding to Nick, but when the earth moves for Stevie and Alex, they try and pretend that nothing happened.
Nick and Tess approach the altar at last, but there’s family heartache to endure before any glimpse of a gold ring.
Stevie and Kate let pride get in the way as they both try to prove themselves in preparation for Tess and Nick's return from their honeymoon.
The Drovers girls have a tough time adjusting to Nick as the new 'Man of the House', and when Dave makes a career-threatening mistake, love, loyalty and family ties are called into question.
Past passions are whispering around the halls of Drovers Run as Tess's cousin Jasmine arrives with her father’s ashes and a few other skeletons besides.
Alex helps Jasmine McLeod overcome her fear of riding and in the process finds himself falling in love with her.
Nick's ex girlfriend Sally arrives at Drovers Run with news that will shatter the newlyweds' happiness.
Stevie suspects Kane's not as straight as he makes out, while more surprises from Sally are set to change Tess and Nick's lives forever.
Sally and her baby move into Wilgul with the help of Nick and Tess, who are trying to keep a sense of normality about the whole situation. Tess has to head back to Drovers Run to take part in a muster, and Nick leaves at the same time, in separate cars. When Nick gets a call from Sally back at Wilgul to help her with the hot water, he heads back, leaving Tess with a sense of foreboding.
Struggling to deal with the continued presence of Sally, the mother of Nick’s newborn child, Harrison, Tess throws herself into various preparations for an upcoming Wool Board Expo, placing all her hopes for a successful Expo showing for Drovers in the Colonel, and their plans to create a new line in organic wool with his progeny—plans which come under jeopardy when the Colonel develops a serious infection.
Jodi is very excited about the event—she has been selected to model some creations by a local fashion designer. Stevie, who at the last minute is also asked to model, is less enthusiastic—she’s a stranger to high heels, and even more so to parading her stuff down a catwalk. Kate’s put out that she’s not been asked to walk the carpet, but has her own pet project to present at the Expo—sheep coats, designed to improve quality and yield.
Meg heads home early from the city in the hope she can be of some comfort to Tess during her time out with Nick. But Meg has little success trying to get Tess to open up and talk about her problems. Jodi continues to be head over heels for Luke and her life-goals seem to have changed so that they all revolve around him. Meg is shocked to learn of Jodi’s newfound enthusiasm for drag racing and is unimpressed when she learns Terry appears to have done little to dissuade her. Drawn into the family conflict as he tries to mediate between Meg, Jodi and Luke, Terry finds himself between a rock and a hard place.
The passionate, stubborn side of Dave is exposed when he stumbles across an injured horse and believes he has found a descendent, a Waler, of the first settlement horses.
In taking it back to its owner, Jeremy Quaid, who is running for pre-selection in the area, Dave discovers other Walers and is appalled to find they have been neglected. Quaid goes into damage control mode and immediately lies about his intentions, fobbing Dave off with a story about a vet friend who is there from interstate and will be looking after the Walers. As soon as Dave reluctantly leaves, Quaid orders his manager, Tim, to take the horses into remote scrub and shoot them.
Harry is secretly thrilled when he hears Sandra is back in town, however their initial meeting doesn’t go well with neither capable of confessing their love to each other. Jeremy Quaid is interested in Sandra’s property, and when Harry catches them discussing business together, he acts like the typical jealous husband. Encouraged by this sign that Harry may still have feelings for her, Sandra strings Jeremy along, hoping it will lead to Harry declaring his feelings for her. Sandra conspires to be "caught" again with Jeremy at the pub, where Harry reacts by overbidding on Neil Thompson’s Polled Herefords, led to believe that Quaid is interested in purchasing them. Meanwhile Sandra is able to do a fantastic deal on another breed of cattle.
Incapacitated by an injured foot, a bored Stevie has become addicted to the two-way radio. What was supposed to be a way of her keeping in touch around the farm has become an opened Pandora's Box. If she isn't bossing Kate like Big Brother, she's snooping on the conversations of everybody from South Gungellan to West Fisher. When she overhears Renegade, a two-way radio romeo, doing his line with other females, Stevie can't help but get on the air and give him a serve. He suggests she meet him for a date She has no intention of doing so but circumstances conspire to place her in the pub when he's there—they meet, and sparks do fly. He seems to be good fun and good looking!
The women of Drovers run are no longer a team of four. Kate, after being head hunted by Sandra, is working as overseer at Kinsella's. Jodi, after being fired by Stevie, has gone into business for herself, selling cosmetics, the hard way. Tess and Stevie are managing alone, but only just. Sandra lets slip that she's eager to buy some cattle. Kate, wanting to impress her new boss, tells the Drovers women about the deal although no price is discussed. Tess is interested… the cash would be handy, but Stevie's not keen to sell to Sandra, especially at the price she's offering. It's ridiculously low. But Tess agrees and sells to Sandra.
When Kate organizes a reunion walk of the high school hiking club, she isn’t prepared for the old feelings it’s about to stir up. Jodi isn’t thrilled to see her nemesis, Natalie, again, but it’s Kate herself who’s in for a shock when her first love and ex student-teacher, Daniel Ponter, arrives.
Alex is feeling frustrated. When he and Nick returned from Wilgul after Harry’s heart attack it was on the understanding that they would be there to help Harry run the place. Alex is under no illusions. Because of his blood ties to their father, Nick is obviously the favoured son.
Sandra is at loggerheads with Alex over the running of Killarney, and, hurt by being overlooked by Harry, finds fault with everything Alex does, including his decision to agist Drovers Run cattle on Killarney. When she complains to Harry, he dismisses her concerns, making it clear that Alex is in charge. This leaves her seething, and quietly plotting revenge.
A powerful and successful ex-local now made good in America, John Murray, is due to visit Gungellan. Murray runs a chain of steak houses in the USA and with the rumour that he is opening his franchises Down Under, the district cattle owners are keen to secure the lucrative contract for supplying the beef to Murray’s restaurants.
When one of Murray’s employees arrives to ensure the big event goes as planned, Stevie is stunned to see he is none other than Will Hamilton, an old boyfriend from her school days in Broken Hill. He is also the father of Rose, a daughter he has no idea exists.
Jodi is excited about her growing love for Luke, unaware that at the same time he is making a deal with a local criminal to deliver stolen cigars. Luke is forced to transfer the contraband to the back of Stevie’s ute and she unwittingly takes off with it before Luke can stop her.
When Stevie discovers the cigars she burns them immediately. Kate and Stevie are put in the uncomfortable position of keeping this mess from Tess. And Stevie, her own relationship with a Morgan not far from her mind, clashes with Jodi over Luke—he’s no good as far as Stevie is concerned. When Luke finds out the cigars are gone he knows he is in trouble—he now owes eight grand to Rick Burns. Luke promises a concerned Jodi that he will extricate himself from the criminal’s grasp, but his problems escalate and he becomes trapped in the criminal web.
A new member of the McLeod clan is on her way and Tess is naturally excited about the prospect of meeting her cousin Regan.
Unfortunately the meeting sours. By the time she gets into the homestead and feels the full weight of history, her resentment surrounding the treatment of Hugh takes over and she storms from Drovers Run, telling Tess she could never stay in a place where her father had been so cheated and dispossessed. After confronting Regan over her rudeness, Stevie finds herself laughing with the visitor. Regan comes to stay with Stevie, who is disarmed by her blunt manner of speech and quick wit.
Working in the new wildlife corridor, Stevie notices a beautiful horse amongst a herd of Brumbies. When Tess points out that the horse is Phoenix, Blaze’s foal, Stevie decides to bring Phoenix home, despite Tess’ misgivings.
Dave and Regan’s flirtation steps up a level, when Dave offers to help cure her of her animal phobia. Kate’s attitude towards Dave’s new love interest is starting to drive Jodi mad. Concerned for her friend’s niggling jealousy, she kindly hints to Kate to get and grip and move on from her crush on the handsome vet.
With Tess and Regan developing a close friendship, Stevie feels cast adrift on the property. She jumps at the chance to help take care of Charlotte, but after a momentary distraction, must face the most harrowing hour of her life when the little girl goes missing. Panic grips Drovers Run when one of Charlotte's toys is discovered floating in the dam. The long day only gets more difficult when Tess and Stevie turn on each other in the heat of the moment, and Stevie must rely on Alex to help get her through.
Nick is offered a job in Argentina and Tess is torn between her husband and the farm.
Drovers and Killarney are in a state of flux, if not panic, with the imminent departure of Tess and Nick. While Tess is busy handing over the reins to Stevie, Rob Shelton arrives at Killarney. Rob is Killarney’s new overseer: clean cut and well mannered, if a little reserved. He’s not Alex’s first choice and Alex’s opinion seems confirmed when Rob fails to bond over a beer and generally keeps to himself.
It's McLeod versus McLeod as the battle to save Drovers is on. After throwing Regan off the property, the Drovers girls fight to stop Regan strip mining for gold. However, Tess feels doubly betrayed when she discovers Dave is still in Regan's bed . . . and appears to be helping her stake her claim.
Today is Harry's birthday and he's in a foul mood. Sandra is also in a mood, and Alex is stuck giving her a lift to Gungellan. She'd drive herself but she injured her arm, preventing her from driving. Neither is happy about the set up, but it's only to Gungellan, from there Sandra will catch the coach the rest of the way to Fisher. Until she discovers the bus is full and is forced to beg Alex for a lift.
Kate's grandmother, the powerful matriarch of the Manfredi family, is on her way to Drovers Run and Kate is mortified. She is forced to come clean to her friends - she has been exaggerating parts of her life to her grandmother, implying that she is the boss of Drovers and that she has is practically engaged to the local vet.
As a raging dust storm approaches, Stevie battles to save a life.
The full moon over Drovers stirs old fears and new jealousies resulting in near catastrophe.
Meg makes a surprise return to the Truckstop only to find Terry and Moira are getting on better than expected. And with no job, Meg can't help but feel left out. The discovery of notes about Jodi in Jack's old ledgers only put Meg more on edge. Is there something she's not telling her daughter?
The middle of a drought, and bad blood threatens to erupt between Stevie and Sandra when, seeking water, some of Drovers Run's cattle push through the fence onto Killarney. Sandra's reaction is out of all proportion to the event. It transpires that, secretly, Sandra has been deeply effected by news of her mother's death. Rather than deal with her feelings, Sandra denies them. She takes her anguish out on Stevie and the women at Drover's Run.
Matters come to a head when Sandra has a meltdown and admits to Stevie that her mother is dead, and she has never understood how her mother abandoned her at an early age. Stevie is able to use her own situation to help Sandra make sense of it. The bad blood between them eases&$8212;but Sandra soon reverts to type.
Stevie faces the biggest decision of her life: should she tell her daughter Rose who her real mother is?
Rose, who adores her grandparents, is curious to know why Stevie won't mend her long estrangement from them. What did she do that was so bad that she never spoke to her own parents again? When Rose's enquiries are deflected, she snoops around to find something that will fill in the blanks. Caught off guard when Rose discovers a baby's hospital bracelet, Stevie tells a half-truth - she did have a baby, but she adopted it out. Rose is shocked, unable to understand how Stevie could be so callous as to give up her baby.
Outside appearances can be deciving. When a parachutist floats down from the sky onto Drovers Run, Kate is swept away. Patrick, Dave's fun loving adventurer brother, has taken a break from bungee jumping in Nepal to make a brotherly visit. Or at least, that's the cover story.
Jodi's world is turned upside down when she receives a birthday gift from the late Jack McLeod.
The gulf between Meg and Jodi widens when she learns that her mother's novel is based on real life… Jodi's own, to be precise. Dave is blackmailed by a student and has to fight to save his career.
Moira's prediction that a ringing bell will herald an accident for someone appears to be accurate as a series of near misses, all accompanied by a ringing bell of some sort, befall the residents of Drovers Run and Killarney.
A wave of mixed emotions washes over Drovers Run with the exciting return of Tess from Argentina. She has some unexpected news - Nick has been offered a fantastic promotion and the pair are considering moving to Argentina indefinitely. Stunned, everyone can hardly believe the news, but their shock is put on hold though when Tess suffers a series of mysterious collapses. Is it just jet lag as she suspects or something else entirely? And while still on the hunt for a sample of Jack's DNA, has Jodi finally found the right time she has been waiting for to let Tess know they may be sisters? All concerns are put aside with the joyous news that Tess' illness is not an illness at all - she's pregnant! Tess' happiness is short-lived though - a call comes from Argentina. A light plane Nick is travelling on has been reported missing. When the watch Tess has been wearing, Nick's watch, suddenly stops Tess can feel deep in her soul that something very, very bad is about to happen.
Tess has been holed up in her room since the news of Nick's death, and Alex and the Drovers women feel helpless, having tried everything to assist her in her grief. Jodi feels that learning she has a sister may help Tess but Stevie is adamant she must wait for the DNA results or risk yet more disappointment for Tess. Tess then surprises them all by suddenly reappearing, strong and composed, throwing herself back into work and declaring she wants to hold a party to celebrate Nick's life.
The girls decide to go along with whatever she wants, but Alex is thrown, apparently not needed for the role he wanted to play of comforter and protector. Of course this is largely because he himself is unable to deal with his own loss and after Tess points this out, he lashes out at Harry, blaming him for Nick's death. Sandra defends her husband, but later feels pushed aside when Sally and Harrison arrive and are doted on by Harry.
It's the morning after Nick's life celebration and Tess has thrown herself back into work. It's time to move on. But when Tess receives a letter from Nick—delayed by the international postal system—she realises she cannot put her past behind her so easily.
Meanwhile, Stevie is worried about Alex; he went a.w.o.l after the life celebration and hasn't been seen since. Despite making many enquiries, Stevie can find no trace of him. Her concern betrays her strong feelings for Alex—feelings she is finding it harder and harder to deny…
Over on Killarney, Sally and Sandra are bearing the brunt of Harry's controlling behaviour. Determined that the Ryan empire continue despite Nick's death, Harry quickly sets about organizing his grandson's future. Sally and Harrison are to stay on at Killarney under his watchful eye. Sally almost accepts his offer, but decides that her independence is more important than Harry's money and returns to Melbourne. But Sandra senses that Harry won't take Sally's 'no' for an answer…
Kate and Jodi are stepping on eggshells around Tess at the moment, and for Kate, Nick's death is uncharted territory. She's never known anyone who died before. And when a batch of newly born chicks dies on her watch she pours all her energy into saving the one surviving chick.
Tess finally gets the courage to read Nick's posthumous letter. From the letter, Tess draws the strength to emotionally welcome the new baby, and heads off to Fisher for an ultra sound, later delightedly announcing to the others that she's having a girl.
Alex and Sandra face death in a blazing inferno, while both Stevie and Tess are tormented by their dreams.
A week has passed since the fire and Alex's mysterious disappearance. Tess is starting to feel human again and is slowly feeling her way towards getting back to work on Drovers Run.
Alex and Fiona's engagement becomes official after a notice appears in the Gungellan Gazette. Fiona is delighted by what she naturally assumes is Alex's romantic gesture and so he takes credit for it, not telling her Harry placed it.
Stevie is trying to deal with the fact that Alex, now engaged to Fiona, will never be hers, but she's not coping with it at all. She ends up bringing home a very young guy for the night, which causes Tess to worry.
In the wake of the crop-dusting incident and the loss of organic status, Drovers has lost all its forward contracts for organic produce. With no cashflow they desperately need to find buyers for their livestock.
Jodi is stunned when Tess offers her half of her share of Drovers Run. Tess feels it is only just that, as a McLeod, Jodi should have equity in the family heritage.
Just as Tess is slowly piecing her life together she receives a phone call that threatens to shatter it again. The Australian Embassy in Argentina advises her that Nick's remains will be repatriated and she will need to make funeral arrangements.
Tess's excitement about Nick's return is tempered by an underlying fear that it's all a dream. Stevie promises the nightmare will be over soon.
Tess learns Nick wants to return to Argentina, but can she ever leave Drovers again?
Jodi risks her life to save Rob from the man who wants him dead.
Dave's brother Patrick loses his sight in an unfortunate farming accident.
Regan returns with a terrible secret and Fiona chooses to conceal her own bad news.
When their stud ram is stolen, the Drovers women unmask an unlikely sheep rustler.
Jody fumbles with her cell phone while driving and gets into an accident that may change her relationship with Alex forever. A Japanese contingent interested in starting a relationship with Drovers Run has some concerns.
While going through Harry's personal effects, Alex uncovers some remarkable information about his father's past.
Kevin Fountain visits Drovers Run, and Jodi must tell him she's not his daughter.
On the eve of Fiona and Alex's wedding, Stevie discovers the bride is lying about her pregnancy
Someone is shooting the brumbies on Drovers - is Riley, the new hothead in town, a killer?
The new brumby-training forces Jodi and Steve to face a major crisis.
Regan makes a simple mistake which has grim results for Drovers Run and her happiness.
Kate discovers frightening evidence linking Stevie to Harry's death.
After accusing Stevie of murder, Kate struggles to deal with the consequences of her actions.
The women of Drovers Run are determined to discover who killed Harry Ryan and thereby clear Stevie's name. Things go from bad to worse when Regan tries to charm a confession out of Leo.
Tensions rise between the Drovers girls when Jodi is forced to make a farm decision based on the possibility that Stevie will go to jail.
Stevie's trial date is moved up, putting further pressure on Drover's Run to discover Harry's real murderer. Someone is leaving the gates open, and Fiona tries to integrate herself into the community.
Stevie's daughter Rose arrives to stay for a month for work-study, but her demeanor toward Stevie is frosty cold.
A celebration on the founding of Gungellan is being planned, and Jodi is determined to prove that the towns foremothers had a large part in history.
A chance roadside encounter with a seemingly reformed Leo sets Rose's heart a flutter.
Stevie agrees to invite Rose's new boyfriend to dinner, having no idea that it's Leo.
Jodi and Riley are accused of stealing a prize-winning stud bull.
When Alex returns from the city, Stevie fears he's changed his mind about leaving Fiona for her. Meanwhile, Patrick and Jodi battle it out over who knows Kate the best while the Boer goats behave strangely by refusing to drink.
Alex is heartbroken after seeing Stevie kissing another man, but has not changed his mind about splitting with Fiona, who now can't wait to get away. Jodi starts having traumatic memories about Rob.
Dave is offered a research job in Africa, but has conflicting feelings about leaving Gungellan. Kate prepares for her speech at the Young Farmer's Award competition and discovers who really knows her best.
A vengeful stalker threatens to destroy Drovers Run, and Dave and Kate find true love at last.
Jodi's life becomes complicated when Matt (who's previous identity was "Rob") shows up at Drovers Run. Tayler's anger is still alive as she refuses help that Regan is offering. The rivalry between Matt and Riley causes some catastrophic problems.
Jodi tries too hard to prove that she can fill Kate's shoes while building a dam for Drovers Run. Marcus continues to cause problems for Alex, and Taylor begins to accept life as a farm hand.
While digging the dam, Jodi unearths some old shackles and develops a mysterious rash on her wrists and ankles. Taylor is concerned about Regan's absence, but her attention is diverted when she adopts a possum.
With friction growing between Alex and Marcus, the future of Kilarney is decided in a boxing match. Riley is less than thrilled when his father comes to visit. Taylor tries to take on a second job to make some additional money.
Jodi questions her sanity when she is haunted by visions of her ancestor Emma McLeod and a murdered convict.
Alex, angry that Marcus lied to him for so long, is doing his best to not deal with the fact that he and Marcus are brothers.
Meanwhile, Patrick accidentally destroys a historic trophy belonging to Drovers Run, and Tayler is injured while secretly training one of Stevie's brumbies
Riley and Matt both declare their love for Jodi, but who will she choose?
Stevie risks losing Alex when she helps Marcus with a secret cattle deal.
Jodi has an overnight vigil in the national park with Matt, when her horse Tucker is bitten by a tiger snake.
Tayler gets the wrong message from Riley.
For Jodi and Matt, love is blossoming, and the Drovers' world as a whole is looking remarkably sunny. Jodi suggests Matt move in permanently, and we find Matt making plans to ask Jodi to marry. But Jodi faces a gut-wrenching decision when Matt is forced back into witness protection - will she choose love over Drovers Run?
It's sibling rivalry gone mad when Marcus and Alex compete to woo Stevie.
Kate returns to Drovers Run for a funeral - but whose funeral is it?
Kate has a hard time coming to grips with the fact her best friend is truly gone and decides to investigate the case herself. When she tries to get Meg to join her cause, Kate is rebuffed. Meg wants to leave the investigation to the police. Kate is increasingly distressed by everybody's attitudes to Jodi's death, they all seem to be moving on.
Meanwhile Stevie has taken over a meeting that Jodi organised with Natural Resource Management, to tackle a weed problem on Killarney and Drovers. Though schmoozing suits is not Stevie's strong point, she is determined not to let Jodi down.
Facing sudden competition from Marcus, Alex takes drastic action to prove how much he loves Stevie.
Regan tries to reconcile with her wild-at-heart sister, Grace, after Grace inherits part-ownership of Drovers Run from Jodi.
New couple Alex and Stevie can't keep their hands off each other, but Stevie convinces Alex that she wants to keep their relationship a secret for a bit longer but they quickly prove themselves to be utterly hopeless at staying low-key.
In charge of looking after Drovers, Kate throws herself back into work with a vengeance, it's obvious she's missed the farm while she's been away. Her zealousness, however, manages to get Marcus off-side.
Meanwhile, Riley is seduced by a sexy cowgirl, with disastrous results.
Alex's plan to propose to Stevie goes horribly wrong when a series of accidents and disasters threatens to ruin their relationship. Meanwhile, Kate and Riley are caught in a game of theft and deception over stray cattle as Moira finds herself on a date with Phil Rakich. Tayler has a crush on Riley, with humiliating results.
When Grace makes an unexpected return to Drover's Run, Regan tries her best to convince her sister to make her stay permanent.
When sheep rustlers steal Drovers' breeding stock, Grace and Stevie takes the law into their own hands
Kate becomes obsessed with organising Stevie and Alex's wedding, as a way of mending her own broken heart but when Stevie bluntly reminds her whose wedding she's planning, Kate has a meltdown before making the decision to return to Africa.
Moira becomes more enamoured of Phil but the path of true love does not run smooth, as Moira is too embarrassed to let anyone know they are dating.
Alex asks Marcus to be his best man after Nick can't make it to the wedding. Marcus, however, is offended feeling that he's a poor second choice.
Stevie is not enjoying becoming the new Mrs Alex Ryan. It is clear there are responsibilities that her new position brings, a feeling that is reinforced both by Bryce and Beth Martin, who insists on bringing Stevie on a committee as Killarney's newest representative.
Bryce has arrived for the engagement party, bearing with him a pre-nup for the happy couple. Aware that Alex won't be keen on the idea, Bryce tries to enlist Marcus to help. Marcus refuses to help Bryce, and concentrates instead on buying his dream racehorse, Trailblazer. Bryce offers to put up some cash, in exchange for Marcus doing his bidding with the pre-nup.
Phil surprises Moira with the news he has secretly bought the truckstop. Now they can work together as well as carry on their relationship. What could be better?
Grace buys a billy goat for the herd, choosing a different animal to the one that Stevie suggested despite Tayler's urging.
The girls fight to stop Drovers Run becoming the site of a toxic waste dump, but loyalties are tested when Grace forces Regan to choose between her family and her rekindled relationship with her married lover who is in charge of site testing
Meanwhile, Alex takes drastic action to lodge his marriage licence application in time.
Phil's cost-cutting at the truck stop backfires when he fires Patrick so he can re-hire him on a new workplace agreement.
Grace kidnaps a government official to prevent the toxic dump going ahead. Regan fights to save Drovers Run, as her relationships with Grace and Lyle reach crisis point. Phil thinks Riley is having an affair with Moira, and is determined to fight for his girl. Tayler and Patrick use guerrilla tactics to stop the toxic dump going ahead.
Old wounds are reopened when Stevie's estranged mother visits Drovers Run.
It's Stevie and Alex's wedding day but will Alex get out of jail on time for it? Alex's sister also tries to ruin the wedding and take control of Killarney
It's been five days since the accident, Grace, Patrick and Tayler have survived but Riley is missing, Kate fears that his body was dragged away by the river.
Grace and Marcus become trapped at the bottom of a mine shaft, soon Grace starts to hallucinate and she and Marcus almost give into their passion.
Stevie's wild-harted rodeo friend Sharon comes to Drovers, but the girls soon realise they are no longer on the same wavelength.
Kate decides to leave Drovers Run for good and join a church camp for troubled teenagers.
Moira Struggles with her feelings for Phil and worries that she might have been too harsh when her curse on him comes back to haunt her.
Stevie is over the moon as Alex returns, but her joy is short lived as a heavy piece a curshes him and he dies in Stevie's arms, she later goes into labour on her own, as Moira senses this she finds Stevie and she gives birth to a baby boy, she can't bare to look at him because he remind her too much of Alex.
Stevie decides to move to Killarney with her baby who she won't let go of, and won't let anyone hold him, she's not coping after the death of Alex, the girls try to talk her into returning to Drovers.
Jaz's return to Drovers Run seems to reawaken old tentions amongst the McLeod sisters. Grace and Jaz continue to clash, leaving Regan stuck in the role of peacemaker.
The girls try to stop a massive dam from being built upstream. Jaz is threatened by a pro-dam farmer, who threatens to reveal a secret from her past.
Tayler's mother returns and tries to explain why she left and stayed away for 16 years without so much as a word.
Grace, Jaz, Marcus and Frank head off to the city to confront the politician who is responsible a dam proposal that will take away their ground water.
Stevie and Marcus' lives are put at risk as Frank threatens to detonate a deadly bomb during a town meeting over the controversial dam.
Ben's ex-girlfriend, Monique is playing on his mind. He tries to contact her with no luck, and resigns himself to another day in the district without her. Meanwhile, Marcus has been looking for a new overseer for weeks. Clashing constantly with Ben, neither of them can accept that Ben is right for the job. Marcus isn't offering and Ben wouldn't take it — or so they say.
With the district yard dog trials approaching, Ben is unexpectedly befriended by a border collie dog. Marcus, however, is unaware of this, and unwittingly denies any knowledge about the dog to its irate owner, the burly, heavily tattooed Trevor. When Marcus finds out, he insists they take the highly trained dog back. But when Ben steals the dog back, believing it's being abused, Marcus is furious — Ben has got them into even more trouble.
After finding her show-jumping horse from Europe grazing in the windmill paddock, Jaz discovers she has been personally delivered by Mischa, her ex-boyfriend, who's also a wealthy prince
Mischa confesses to doping Jaz's horse, and although he was doing it for the right reasons, Jaz tells him that they cannot have a future together.
The people of Gungellan believe Stevie ad Marcus are dating when there is a picture of them in the newspaper
Jaz attemps to retrain her show-jumping horse Annie to work on the property, but Stevie thinks it's a waste of time and that she is a liability to Drovers, but is there a secret behind Annie's behaviour?
When Ingrid's husband Paul continues to stalk and harass her, she becomes worried about the safety of Marcus and her friends
Paul becomes more aggressive when he is released from hospital, soon it is discovered that Ingrid's car is at the bottom of a ditch and Ingrid missing.
Phil's musical to Moira 'The Girl from Gungellan' is about to premiere, but Moira overhears a phone message that convinces her that he is having an affair.
Drovers Run is in serious financial trouble. Will the girls be able to find a way out of this crisis?
In the last ever episode of McLeod's Daughters, the girls fight so save Drovers Run. It's Xander's first birthday and there's a surprise reunion as many return to Drovers, including Meg and Jodi - who is pregnant and decides she wants to move back to Drovers Run for good.