What does 'The Drover's Wife' say about Australia?

The Drover's Wife, by Australian author Henry Lawson, speaks of the hardships associated with life in the bush and the different challenges that a woman has to face without the presence of her husband in an unforgiving land. Thus, it highlights what a harsh land the Australian outback can be, full of a range of dangers. These dangers are not limited to venomous snakes, but include other things as droughts, floods, and rampaging stock animals.