The award-winning Australian television series McLeod's Daughters
aired from 2001 – 2009. A drama, the story begins by following the lives of half sisters Claire and Tess McLeod, reunited after they inherit a vast outback cattle farm (“Drover’s Run”), that has been handed down through the men in their family for generations. 224 episodes were produced, and all are available on YouTube. [more inside]
Burke & Wills
is a 1985 movie depicting the ill-fated 1860 expedition by Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills
across the interior of Australia from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria, a distance of 2000 miles. To date, it has never been released on DVD and is currently out of print. In 14 parts [140m]: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 [more inside]
- take one tricked out mountainboard
, a kiteboarding rig
, and the windy season in the Australian Outback. Mix together for Earthflyer Dirk Gion's whirlwind 17 day 3,000 km tour of Western Australia
However you spell it, it sounds like good news.
After five years of lobbying by the Aborigines, Australia set aside a huge chunk of the central Outback yesterday as the country’s largest national park. At 38,000 sq mi (98,000 sq km), Ngaanyatjarra is twice the size of Switzerland. This comes on the heels of the Canadian government's plans
for ten new national parks and five new marine conservation areas over the next five years, a move greeted with skepticism
by some. (And then there are those that say national parks are obsolete anyway)
. Has anyone been to any of these places?