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IN THIS ISSUE...
|Tip top »|
It’s no wonder the number of tourists coming to Cape York each year now more than doubles the resident population. As well as the wild, remote and isolated feel of the place, where even Telstra phone coverage is rare, it has some stunning locations. At Captain Billy Landing, a kaleidoscope of colour greets the traveller, with golden bouquets and green heath on red laterite cliffs, tropical...
|Sale makers »|
There are more than 1200 stock and station agencies across Australia, ranging from the larger firms such as Landmark and Elders, to sole traders and local businesses such as McDougall and Sons, who have been operating for 125 years in Warwick in southern Queensland. With banter and flair they may sell anything from traditional cattle and sheep to more obscure creatures, such as alpacas and guinea...
|Beauty rich and rare »|
Face down in the dirt, Dr Robert Raven seems like some sort of bizarre outback chef. “Cheese knife,” he calls, and he’s handed the knife from an eclectic collection of kitchen utensils, such as pasta spoons, graters and an ice-cream scoop. Slicing and scooping, digging and moulding, he follows a spider hole into the ground until he can coax the large chocolate-coloured, hairy...
|Light up your year »|
In selecting photos for the 2016 Calendar and Diary, the OUTBACK team had the unique qualities of Australia’s light in mind. “The play of
light on a landscape is such an ephemeral thing,” says Editor-in-Chief Mark Muller. “It takes a rare combination of skill, timing, patience and luck – and a good eye – to be able to capture it in a photograph.” Scott...
|Solo sawmiller »|
Timber man Ralph Affleck wasn’t made for retirement. At 67, when most people look forward to lawn bowls and relaxation, he decided to design and build a sawmill that he could operate solo. Ralph is now 85, and the man and his remarkable one-man mill are still going strong amid the rolling pastures at Legume, near Killarney on the Queensland-New South Wales border.
It’s a sawmill like...
|Exporting kelpies »|
Mary McCrabb sold her first kelpie offshore in 1968. It went to Norway. Another followed soon after to Nebraska, US. Since then her stud Avenpart Kelpies have gone around the globe to Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland, Sweden, Holland and further, to 23 countries in all.
Exporting was not in Mary’s business plan when she set out as a young married...
|Finding her folk »|
"The transition from a Toe Sucking Cowgirl to a folk-festival chanteuse has been demanding for singer Tracey Bunn; years of constant touring left the Top End musician burnt out, divorced and ready to opt out of the music industry. But she has found solace in songwriting and performing at small folk festivals around Australia.
As the Toe Sucking Cowgirls, Tracey and Gleny Rae were the...
|Off the rails »|
A grey sky hangs low over Oodnadatta’s Pink Roadhouse and the front doors swing incessantly as travellers come and go. A ‘Position Vacant’ sign painted permanently on the pink facade hints at the town’s transient nature: “Tradesmen almost always wanted. Apply within. Accomm supplied.”
Inside, a haggle of travellers make plans over hamburgers and meat pies....
|Texas, Qld »|
Why is this small border town in southern Queensland called Texas? What are those strange log cabins standing silent in grazing paddocks? Why is there a penalty for keeping rabbits, yet a rabbit-processing factory?
|Locals buy their local »|
The ‘closed’ sign had been on the door of Apsley’s historic Border Inn Hotel for more than two years when a group of locals figured it must be their shout. While the small farming community in Victoria’s far west had adjusted to the loss of its general store and service station, the pub was a different story. The town was missing its social hub.
Mike Ryan is part of the...
|Quornish pasties »|
At Quorn, in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, the locals love their pasties. While the town caters for a variety of culinary tastes – it has four hotels and several cafes and restaurants that offer a variety of dining experiences – Quorn has its own pastry delight, the Quornish Pasty.
The traditional Cornish pasty is associated with Cornwall in England, where it dates back...