With a beat bigger than Ireland and a career spanning almost four decades, retiring outback cop Darryl McCormack has rarely had a dull moment.

Story By Nathan Dyer

“I remember one day pulling into the Yalata roadhouse – when I was based at Ceduna – and it was that hot, it was 55 degrees in the shade, that our boots were stuck to the floor of the car,” says Brevet Sergeant Darryl McCormack. “I remember we could only do about 80 kilometres per hour because it was so hot the fuel was vaporising.”
Now based at Yalata, on the edge of the Nullarbor Plain, D’Mac is responsible for a beat covering more than 100,000 square kilometres, taking in the remote community of Oak Valley, 340km north, the Eyre Highway through to the West Australian border, 280km to the west, and much of the region east towards Ceduna and south to the coast.

This Story is from Issue #95

Outback Magazine: June/July 2014