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Destination AustraliaDestination Australia »
From station stays to epic walks and iconic watering holes, the freedom to discover far horizons and distant seas is proving to be a major drawcard for overseas visitors; last year’s nearly seven million tourist arrivals marked an 8.2 percent jump on 2014 figures, with an extra 561,000 people heading Down Under. International visitors spent $36.6 billion on their trips, representing a rise...

Field of lightField of light »
More than two decades ago Bruce Munro stood in the sands near Uluru and was struck by an idea. He saw in his mind’s eye a multi-coloured field of light spread out before the rock – an ephemeral homage to the great monolith. He jotted the idea in his sketchbook and moved on through his life. Now Bruce is back at Uluru and the idea has become reality. Uluru is home to his Field of...

Vision SplendidVision Splendid »
“The landscape plays a character in Australian films in a way that other cinema doesn’t. It has a magical power over the protaganists. It’s often malevolent, but also gracious – it gives and takes away.” These are the words of Greg Dolgopolov, the curator and artistic director of the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival held in Winton, Qld. Starting in 2014,...

Secret baseSecret base »
As a young apprentice aircraft engineer learning his trade in a hangar at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane in the mid-1980s, Mark Robertson was enthralled by the tales he heard from the older men working around him. Many were sheet-metal workers who shared yarns about going out to the American Air Base in Charleville in 1942 to repair United States Air Force (USAF) bombers and fighter planes....

Rural SaviourRural Saviour »
The mob of Suffolk ewes scurrying towards the ute knows the routine. It’s tucker time. The paddocks of the Golden Plains Shire, between Ballarat and Geelong, Vic, are barer than usual and the sparse ground feed is being supplemented with rations of hay and grain. One local stock owner engaged in the regular summer feeding regime is 60-year-old Martin Butler, of Teesdale. His flock is...

Babbiloora beefBabbiloora beef »
Kelvin Webber points the ute towards a brightly shining Venus, low in the eastern sky. He and his hard-working young crew – most just teenagers – had brekkie at 4.30 this morning and are making their way under the cover of darkness to Black Springs yards, almost an hour’s drive away from the homestead on 1450 square-kilometre Babbiloora in central Queensland. They won’t...

How to ace Year 12How to ace Year 12 »
Sam Eadie has a few good tips to give students tackling Year 12. And it’s probably worth listening to him. When Sam finished school last year, as a boarder at Brisbane Grammar School, he received the highest national ATAR score of 99.95, and was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship at the University of Queensland. He and his twin Jack also scored Overall Position rankings of 1,...

Northern exposureNorthern exposure »
Until 1983, few people had heard of the Bungle Bungle Range in Western Australia’s east Kimberley. Tucked up against the Northern Territory border on the outer reaches of Mabel Downs cattle station, with only a narrow dirt access track, the 2400-square-kilometre site of spectacular sandstone domes and canyons was largely hidden from the world’s view. Enter the Wainwrights: father...

On our selectionOn our selection »
It’s a stormy Thursday evening on the Darling Downs and the front bar of Rudd’s Pub is buzzing. A warm breeze blows through the open front doors and talk centres on the latest rugby league scandal. A young bloke waltzes in and before he’s had time to say “G’day” publican Sam Little has a frosty glass of beer in his hand. “Thanks Sam,” says the young...

Borderline rugbyBorderline rugby »
Only three years old, the Border Cup brings some of the best rural club rugby players to Rowden Park in St George, south-western Queensland. The showdown, between Central North New South Wales and the Darling Downs in Queensland, was held in late March this year in front of an appreciative crowd of about 500 locals and visitors. Both sides have representative players in the Queensland County...
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