OUTBACK AUSTRALIA

Part 1

The Australian Outback has no specific boundaries. It’s a part of inland Australia where people are spread over vast distances and horizons extend without a fence or building. Where sun and rain can both sustain life, yet also take it through drought. It’s a place of immense beauty and its people are like no other in the world.

Glenn Ridge starts his adventures in South Australia at the Oodnadatta Cup – a horse race considered the Melbourne Cup of the outback. There he meets a touring band of whip-makers, calls in on one of Australia's most successful artists Pro Hart, visits Charleville where a team of scientists are undergoing a preservation program to save the endangered bilby and travels along the Birdsville Track by horseback with ‘The Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive’. And to top it all off Glenn finishes this leg of the trip with a dawn hot air balloon flight over the outback.

Outback adventurer Ron Moon also gives some tips on 4-wheel driving through the outback.

Part 2

In Outback Australia Part 2, Glenn begins at the central Queensland town of Adavale where once a year the town comes to life as its population multiplies 40 times as tourists gather to watch the annual Adavale Rodeo.

Glenn stops off at the ghost-town of Silverton, looks at The Great Artesian Basin – an underground water supply that comes from a vast subterranean reservoir hundreds of metres below the earth’s surface, and takes a dip in the Dalhousie Springs.

The journey continues as Glenn visits the Stockman's Hall of Fame, travels the local mail run in Broken Hill, goes quad-bike riding through Undoolya station – the oldest cattle station in the Northern Territory, and also meets Richard Magoffin, a man who has spent over 20 years unravelling the mystery of Banjo Paterson’s ‘Waltzing Matilda’ song, who takes Glenn to the billabong to expose the real story behind our National song.

Part 3

For the past 75 years the Royal Flying Doctor Service has been making house calls right across outback Australia and Glenn joins the crew at Wiawera station just west of Broken Hill to find out what happens during a day in the life of a flying doctor.

Glenn also drops into Plumbago Station in north-eastern South Australia during their annual shearing and takes a 64 hour train journey over 4,352 kilometres across the Nullarbor on the ‘Indian Pacific'.

Outback adventurer Ron Moon also gives some tips on 4-wheel driving through the outback.

Part 4

In Outback Australia if you can’t get to school, the school comes to you. Glenn visits the School of the Air in South Australia and meets the teachers and students who communicate via radio and the internet.

Glenn also finds out about the famous RM Williams – the name behind the boots, stops off at Plumbago station where the biggest colonies of endangered yellow-footed rock wallabies are living, visits the tree of knowledge, checks out the Winton formation – one of the richest areas of fossils in the world, and drops in on outback legend and pioneer Molly Clarke at Old Andado and learns about her life on a Simpson Desert station.

Finally Glenn takes to the air for a last look at the vast outback.

Outback adventurer Ron Moon also gives some tips on 4-wheel driving through the outback

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