Tag Archives: Outback

Don’t Fence Me In

Australia has had three major fences: 1. The Western Australian Rabbit-Proof Fence Completed in 1907, this fence runs roughly north-south from near Port Hedland to the Great Australian Bight, and was originally 1800 km long. It was intended to keep … Continue reading

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Eagles and Duty

(This article originally appeared in the Bobby Dazzler Newsletter #10 in May 2004. To subscribe to the free six-times-a-year Newsletter, send a request to brennan@bba.com.au). Ogden Nash, in his wonderful poem, Kind of an Ode to Duty, wrote: O Duty, … Continue reading

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Ow yu goin mate orright?

Being myself an Aussie bloke, I can walk up to another bloke and say that. If the other bloke is a true blue Aussie, he can ignore the questioning aspect, and simply reply “G’day mate.” And thus it is established … Continue reading

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The Good Oil – Part 2: Emu

Just to set the scene, why not start by listening to John Williamson’s famous rendition of “Old Man Emu” – click here. (If you enjoyed the sound of the didgeridoo in that, you might like some solo didgeridoo music – … Continue reading

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The Good Oil – Part 1: Eucalyptus

For thousands of years, indigenous Australians have used the oil from the “gum” or eucalyptus tree as an antiseptic or healing agent. From the very early days of white settlement in 1788, people started to recognise some of the many … Continue reading

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Introducing the Mound People

There’s no denying that Outback Australia provides travellers with many long stretches of road or track devoid of anything much to make conversation about. It’s also a well-known fact that having something to do or to chat about during the … Continue reading

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Don’t Mess With Skippy

As most non-Aussies know, Australia is full of all kinds of animals which are ready to jump out on you at a moment’s notice and kill you. For example, dingos, crocodiles, snakes, sharks, spiders, etc. They wonder how it is … Continue reading

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