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IN THIS ISSUE...
|Agriculture advocate »|
On a humid June afternoon in the Top End, Martina Matzner is surrounded by mango trees and hoping for a cold snap. “At this time of the year we want the cooler weather because it initiates a good flowering,” says the general manager of Acacia Hills Farm, 60 kilometres south-east of Darwin. “We need it below 18 degrees, preferably, for a week or so, and then usually the trees...
|Planted history »|
In 2010 Vicky and Mark Stewart moved back from London to South Australia to take over the running of historic Bungaree Station from Vicky’s parents. “One of the things that drew us back here was the idea that we could have our own vegie patch and wide open spaces again,” Vicky says.
Central to the station complex, with its own church, stable, yards, blacksmith shop and...
|Three capes »|
Unlike pretty much every other bushwalk in the wilds of Tasmania, the Three Capes Track has been designed for non-walkers. The public huts – loosely modelled on some of the best public huts in New Zealand – almost feel like a resort in the bush. They have comfy mattresses, deck chairs laid out on wide, fine-grained timber decks with lavish views, board games and a library, and indoor...
|Across cultures »|
According to Broome-based project coordinator Philippa Jahn, many travellers are looking for a cultural experience in the Kimberley, a region in which 40 percent of the population is Indigenous. “But unless you’re an art aficionado, not many people know where to start,” she says.
Hidden in plain sight across the accessible heart of the Kimberley is a cultural journey unlike...
|Back to the bush »|
The outback boomerangers go against many of the current Australian trends. Australians are among the most residentially mobile populations in the world, but we generally migrate out of the bush, not into it.
Statistics aren’t completely clear, and those that exist are based on the last census in 2011, in the thick of the mining boom. But the stats show a couple of things. From...
|Field worker »|
The humble ute has come a long way and covered millions of kilometres since Ford engineer Lew Bandt designed a coupe utility for a Victorian farmer in the 1930s.
For many seasons the Australian ute – also known as a tilly in some parts – was an integral part of the business of agriculture; back in town, tradesmen were just as likely to ply their skills from a panel van.
|Beefing up production »|
On a warm February afternoon on the Darling Downs, Scott McDouall runs a handful of steam-flaked grain between his fingers. Nearby, a front-end loader scoops a bucket of feed from a batch box and drops it into a purpose-built mixing truck. “Our big focus here is on feed conservation efficiency,” says Scott, above the roar of machinery and the murmur of 43,000 cattle waiting for their...
|Call the male midwife »|
Soft-soled shoes squelch on the vinyl floor. Fluorescent overhead lighting flickers along the corridor. The smell of antiseptic is in the air.
Charleville Hospital, eight hours west of Brisbane, seems typical of most rural hospitals.
That’s until Rob Scheerer enters the room, dispelling the sterile atmosphere with a big smile and warm welcome. He is Queensland’s only endorsed...
|The art of flying »|
Christian Fletcher has had a love of small planes and flying since he went to an air show in Perth at the age of 12. Being asked to shoot aerial photographs for R.M.Williams was a dream job.
The work of the landscape photographer, who has two West Australian galleries and a thriving online business, adorned the cover of R.M.Williams OUTBACK in October–November last year, and caught the...
|Spirit in spades »|
Visitors to rural Gin Gin, in Southern Queensland’s sugar country, drive past a roadside sign entreating them to ‘Discover our Spirit’. Half an hour back towards the coast, on the outskirts of Bundaberg, a bigger bolder sign has recently appeared, promoting ‘Tender Sprouted Meats’. It’s the brand of an enterprise launched this year by an inspirational local...
|Fresh Tracks »|
A majestic stallion named Mynstral leads a team of horses galloping across the gibber plains of Wilpoorinna Station, their coats glistening and bellies full from the spoils of five good rainfall years. A black swan and two brolgas have staked their claim on a sparkling dam, and newly delivered lambs are taking their first tentative steps among the wildflowers under the watchful eyes of their...