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Less stressLess stress
Issue 97 - Oct/Nov 2014

Jim Lindsay straddles the rails of a stockyard in northern Australia and, with microphone slung around his neck, explains the benefits of moving cattle using Low Stress Stock-handling (LSS). To his...

Dancing in the rainDancing in the rain
Issue 97 - Oct/Nov 2014

Imagine it is Boxing Day and you are celebrating the post-Christmas indulgence with family and friends. Fat and shiny campdraft horses peer over the fence, bored working dogs round up the chickens,...

A vision splendidA vision splendid
Issue 96 - Aug/Sept 2014

It doesn’t look like much – just a big hole in the ground – but this excavation on the original opal fields at Lightning Ridge, NSW, represents the ambitious plans of the Australian...

Inspiring characterInspiring character
Issue 96 - Aug/Sept 2014

 If the handsome hero in Fiona Palmer’s latest rural-romance novel seems familiar to the readers in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt shire of Lake Grace, it’s because much of the...

A leg up for your next eventA leg up for your next event
Issue 95 - June/July 2014

It’s a familiar scene in almost any rural community: a large dusty paddock, a few tin sheds, rows of white Toyotas, swags rolled up on utes, expectant horses, a few happy dogs, lots of blokes...

Still about sheepStill about sheep
Issue 94 - Apr/May 2014

There is an absolute buzz about the Muttaburra show. Unlike many rural-town shows, it continues to flourish and will celebrate its 50th show in June. A marquee lunch kicks off proceedings. Keen...

Diverse routesDiverse routes
Issue 93 - Feb/Mar 2014

Conservation specialist Bryan Walsh has spent 12 months travelling over 80,000 kilometres from the top to the bottom of Queensland, navigating desert dunes, river crossings and boggy floodplains that...

Harvesting hopeHarvesting hope
Issue 92 - Dec/Jan 2014

 Fundraising for a tiny country school has revived a community celebration that died out more than 50 years ago. The celebration is the Chapman Valley Harvest Ball and it was resurrected this...

Family tiesFamily ties
Issue 91 - Oct/Nov 2013

When Simon Breeding started his new job on Konetta Station at Greenways in South Australia in May, it marked the continuation of one of the great relationships between two families in modern...

Kings of the castleKings of the castle
Issue 90 - Aug/Sept 2013

While John Macarthur, the English army officer, is regarded by most as the “father” of Australian wool, a woman – Eliza Forlong, a resolute Scot from Glasgow – is now emerging...

Shear strengthShear strength
Issue 90 - Aug/Sept 2013

Eighteen months ago, shearers Bec Flynn and Sam Westcott decided to get an all-female shearing team together. “We were talking about how it would be good to work in a shed with all girls,...

Sandy\'s legacySandy's legacy
Issue 89 - June/July 2013

Alexander 'Sandy' Arbuthnot lives on the banks of the Murray River at Koondrook, Vic, and so does the timber operation he founded there 124 years ago. A red gum carving of him stands under the gum...

Healthy futures Healthy futures
Issue 88 - Apr/May 2013

Health students across the country are visiting hundreds of rural schools to inspire kids to think about careers in health as part of a long-term scheme aimed at solving the lack of medical...

Having a ballHaving a ball
Issue 87 - Feb/Mar 2013

You’d almost certainly miss it if you didn’t know it was there. It’s neither bright enough to mar your view of the Milky Way on a clear night nor loud enough to travel...

Wishing upon the starsWishing upon the stars
Issue 86 - Dec/Jan 2013

There is a curious artwork at the Murchison Roadhouse; a line of computer circuit boards strung together into a wall hanging that just doesn’t appear to belong with the normal...

Recovery blueprint Recovery blueprint
Issue 86 - Dec/Jan 2013

In the immediate aftermath of the Black Saturday fires that ravaged rural Victoria in February 2009, the communities were in chaos – 173 people had died, countless homes had been...

Away with the birdsAway with the birds
Issue 85 - Oct/Nov 2012

There's an explosion in the dark water below as a three-metre long crocodile, startled by the roar of the small engine passing above it, dives into a swaying reed bed and disappears into the deep...

Rogue whisperer Rogue whisperer
Issue 84 - Aug/Sep 2012

Wild young men. A pack of dogs. It sounds like a nasty news item waiting to happen. But when the Paws Up crew turns up to the Gunnedah Show, in northern New South Wales, in bright red shirts,...

Floating lifeline Floating lifeline
Issue 84 - Aug/Sep 2012

Paul Cox scans an ominous blue-black sky from the wheelhouse of the MV Jane Virgo and talks of his “beautiful girl”, his “lady with long legs”. The object of his pride is...

Bearing fruit Bearing fruit
Issue 83 - June/July 2012

It's early morning on Queensland’s Darling Downs. The liquid notes of a magpie trickle from a lemon-scented gum and the breeze carries the bouquet of freshly tilled earth. Frank Hubbard is up...

Back on track Back on track
Issue 82 - Apr/May 2012

Courage, endurance, mateship, sacrifice. Carved into four black granite pillars that form the Isurava Memorial to Australians and Papua New Guineans who served and died on the Kokoda Track in 1942,...

In good hands In good hands
Issue 81 - Feb/Mar 2012

Aboriginal boys were kicking a footy in the dirt in the Northern Territory township of Hermannsburg when they stopped to show Chris Harms their tatty, ripped ball. “They said, ‘Ah...

Love stories Love stories
Issue 80 - Dec/Jan 2012

Outback romance, rural romance, farm lit, chook lit, call it what you will, this is a book genre going gangbusters. And it isn’t only in rural and regional Australia that readers can’t...

On the horse\'s back On the horse's back
Issue 79 - Oct/Nov 2011

Scattered campfires punctuate the inky pre-dawn sky as swags are rolled, billies are boiled and breakfast is prepared between horse floats and gooseneck trailers. A cool easterly cuts across the...

Health\'s frontline Health's frontline
Issue 78 - Aug/Sept 2011

Not so long ago nurse Robyn White used a wheelbarrow to move immobile patients around. Now the supervisor at Yorke Island Primary Health Care in the Torres Strait, Robyn says that 13 years ago...

Across the airwaves Across the airwaves
Issue 77 - June/July 2011

If it has rained overnight in the West Australian mining town of Newman, radio broadcaster Andrew Collins is quick to find out. Sitting in Karratha’s ABC bureau, he receives an early morning...

First family of wineFirst family of wine
Issue 77 - June/July 2011

One of Ross Brown’s earliest memories of the family vineyard at Milawa, in north-eastern Victoria, is riding his bike home from primary school as fast as he could to help his father press...

Angels with fixed wings Angels with fixed wings
Issue 76 - Apr/May 2011

Marian Jowitt is an angel. She is a pilot who lives in Armidale in New England, NSW. Glen Smith, a farmer running properties on both sides of the New South Wales–Queensland border, not far...

Kingdom of soldier settlers Kingdom of soldier settlers
Issue 75 - Feb/Mar 2011

King Island has a deserved reputation as a place of rolling hills covered in year-round verdant pastures that produce high quality beef and dairy products, surrounded by a bountiful sea. But what...

A second windA second wind
Issue 74 - Dec/Jan 2011

From high on a wind-blown ridge on his family property “Gundowringa”, Charlie Prell can see the future. On the other side of the road linking Crookwell and Goulburn, on the New South...

Kidman countryKidman country
Issue 74 - Dec/Jan 2011

Life-giving water lays like liquid gold in the folds and swales of the Channel Country. Flying across this beautiful and remote place, seeing it garbed in the green and fertile splendour that the...

From wheat to the cockpitFrom wheat to the cockpit
Issue 72 - Aug/Sep 2010

Long-awaited rain has descended on sheep and wheat communities in the southern parts of South Australia and for Felicity Brown, a commercial pilot and co-owner of Chinta Tours, the downpour is both a...

Canadian connectionCanadian connection
Issue 71 - June/July 2010

A Canadian and an Australian who both have a love of farming and travel have put their expertise together to create an agricultural-recruitment business in both countries. Cascade Recruitment (the...

Campdraft centralCampdraft central
Issue 70 - Apr/May 2010

Travellers heading west on Queensland’s Warrego Highway across the plains from Chinchilla pass through small towns dominated by huge wheat silos. Clustered around the road crossings and the...

The last coach rideThe last coach ride
Issue 69 - Feb/Mar 2010

Fred “Tommy” Thompson, bundled up against the morning chill, took aim, kicked the rear wheel and dislodged a dusty, yellow clod. There were only a few of Yuleba’s 300 residents up...

Home sweet homeHome sweet home
Issue 68 - Dec/Jan 2010

 Dawn breaks gently over the desert landscape south of Alice Springs, its sunlight finding Charlie Forbes and Wayne Brady already on their feet preparing for a task they’ve travelled 1300...

Between Heaven and HellBetween Heaven and Hell
Issue 67 - Oct/Nov 2009

Banjo Paterson wasn’t impressed all those years ago when he turned his attention to the seemingly never-ending plains that surround Hay in the western Riverina of New South Wales. He wrote...

By the people, for the peopleBy the people, for the people
Issue 66 - Aug/Sept 2009

From the moment he arrived at Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island, in north-east Arnhem Land, Michael Martin was right at home. “I felt so welcome and straight away I clicked with the Yolngu...

Saving the stock routesSaving the stock routes
Issue 65 - June-July, 2009

Robert Groth is a drover. Hugh Possingham and Henry Nix are professors. Cecile van der Burgh is a Wilderness Society campaigner. John Williamson is a well-known country-music singer. Allan Scammell...

Positive FuturesPositive Futures
Issue 64 - Apr/May 2009

Liam Cox revs the engine to break free from the 50-centimetre-deep mud that has bogged the bright orange digger beneath a Tasmanian sky of black and grey. His mates cheer as the little machine jolts...

Go Fly a KiteGo Fly a Kite
Issue 63 - Feb/Mar 2009

As sunset colours the airstrip – open again now for traffic – members of the Harden Kite Festival committee take some time to relax and reflect on the day that’s been. There’s no doubt it was...

Just desertsJust deserts
Issue 62 - December/January 2009

Camel racer and sapphire miner John Richardson has a jewel in his front teeth and a twinkle in his eye as he describes the strategy behind winning the $14,000 first prize in the inaugural Sheikh...

Ten Years in the BushTen Years in the Bush
Issue 61 - Oct/Nov 2008

You'll forgive us here at R.M.Williams OUTBACK for being a little nostalgic as we scramble around the country collecting yarns and photographs for another edition of our magazine. As this 61st issue...

Born of the plainBorn of the plain
Issue 60 - Aug/Sept 2008

These days you can’t travel the length of the Nullarbor’s Trans Access Road unless you’re on a train. Since the railway was privatised, public access from the west finishes at...

Sister actSister act
Issue 59 - June/July 2008

"Can we please have money towards a semen tank, Grandma?” requested Nicole and Tania Hartwig, after they were asked what they wanted for their 13th and 16th birthdays. Not your average...

The town that won\'t dieThe town that won't die
Issue 58 - April/May 2008

Lorraine Thomas is busy in her gem shop. Today, there are quite a few visitors, which isn’t always the case. They buy some jewellery fashioned from an impressive range of local stones –...

On their selectionOn their selection
Issue 57 - February/March 2008

Of the 15 men whose names were drawn in the Kilcummin land ballot on October 8, 1957, not one could have anticipated the scale of the legacy they would create for those to follow. After laying the...

Outback in the oceanOutback in the ocean
Issue 56 - Dec/Jan 2008

THREE tiger sharks keep circling the boat, each an impressive three metres long. On board four wheelie bins are crammed with the previous day’s scraps and leftovers from the filleting of...

Adventures in agricultureAdventures in agriculture
Issue 55 - Oct/Nov 2007

When Swedish excavator driver Frederick Palsson heard he was going to Australia, he was delighted. “ When I saw I had the heavy machinery job I knew I hit the jackpot, “ he says, with a...

Rain SupremeRain Supreme
Issue 54 - August/September 2007

In yards and paddocks all around Australia, thousands of volunteers check their rain gauges at 9am every day, recording their findings on a sheet of paper. At the end of every month, all these sheets...

Opportunity rocksOpportunity rocks
Issue 53 - June/July 2007

Jeff Moon enjoys the view from the verandah of his house on a small acreage in St George, southern Queensland. He looks out at the green lawn and lush gardens as his wife, Pam, provides some country...

The right to waterThe right to water
Issue 52 - April/May 2007

It was hailed as visionary, audacious, and a once-in-a-generation chance at the largest modernisation of irrigation infrastructure ever undertaken in Australia’s history. But Prime Minister...

Stumped over originsStumped over origins
Issue 51 - Feb/Mar 2007

‘Beyond the black stump’ is one of the most Australian of all Australian sayings. Although generally considered to be some place far, far away, there are variations in the specific...

Remembering GilesRemembering Giles
Issue 50 - Dec/Jan 2007

You know it’s pretty cold when you have to give the billy a tap to get the lid off in the morning. Just after sunrise, the thermometer registers minus 7.9 degrees Celsius. In 1876, explorer...

Star-crossed ridersStar-crossed riders
Issue 49 - Oct/Nov 2006

The thunder of hooves and the clatter of sticks resounds across the home paddock of Calrossie Station, 70 kilometres west of Eidsvold, Queensland, as the formidable Hartwig family and team-mates...

Shear comfortShear comfort
Issue 48 - Aug/Sept 2006

The Bulls Run general manager Andrew King first started working in a shearing shed at the age of 12 on his family’s property at Mount Gambier, SA. In the 40 years since, he has seen what works...

No distance too farNo distance too far
Issue 47 - June/July 2006

Kylie Harris and Julie Marshall spend a lot of time in their lounge room – but little time at home. This is because their so-called lounge room is the Nissan Patrol they use to travel over vast...

For the love of the Lost CityFor the love of the Lost City
Issue 46 - Apr/May 2006

For seven months of every year, Sandra Schleter lives in a crude tin shed on a patch of the Northern Territory’s Leila Creek Station near the Gulf of Carpentaria. She has no TV or radio, and...

Wongalara WildlifeWongalara Wildlife
Issue 45 - February/March 2006

Dusk settles quickly over the land as the tropical night closes in on Wongalara Station, in the Northern Territory’s Top End. Looking north, towards Arnhem Land, lightning flickers in the high...

Way out westWay out west
Issue 44 - Dec/Jan 2006

Australians identify closely with the features and values that characterise rural and remote Australia. The frontiers of the country have provided us with not only a strong economic base, but also...

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