American tourist says being mugged at knifepoint in outback WA ‘lowest point of my life’

American tourist says being mugged at knifepoint in outback WA ‘lowest point of my life’

Posted May 16, 2018 18:12:27 Photo: American tourist Richard Kezer was mugged at knifepoint on his first night in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. (ABC Goldfields-Esperance: Jarrod Lucas) An American tourist who was mugged at knifepoint in outback Western Australia says thieves left him stranded with just the clothes on his back and one …

How a lad from the outback took US president Theodore Roosevelt on an African safari

How a lad from the outback took US president Theodore Roosevelt on an African safari

Posted May 13, 2018 08:21:10 Photo: When the Boer war broke out in 1899 between the British and Dutch settlers in South Africa, Victor Newland joined the South Australian Mounted Rifles. (Supplied: Leonie Matheson) This is the unlikely tale of how a young man from the Australian outback took US …

Outback racing gets a $750,000 makeover in a boost for Barcaldine, Western Queensland

Outback racing gets a $750,000 makeover in a boost for Barcaldine, Western Queensland

Posted May 06, 2018 08:54:21 Photo: Barcaldine locals welcomed the first horse race on their new turf track. (ABC Western Queensland: Aneeta Bhole) Outback racing has been given a makeover with the opening of the first turf track in Western Queensland. A typical picture of horse racing in the bush …

The great Australian outback flying mail service

The great Australian outback flying mail service

Posted May 06, 2018 05:32:47 For people living in some of the nation’s most remote and disadvantaged communities, a weekly air delivery service is a lifeline. Photo: Remote mail pilot Harvey Salameh says the best part of the job is meeting people along his route. (ABC Goldfields: Tom Joyner) As …

Seaplane pilots fly and splash across outback chasing the perfect adventure – ABC Rural

Seaplane pilots fly and splash across outback chasing the perfect adventure – ABC Rural

The parched centre of Australia might not seem like an ideal place for a seaplane. But for pilots Bob Priddle and Bill Handley, the outback sky has a magnetism that’s not found on the coast. All that’s needed for landing is a small stretch of water and a few friendly …

Outback NT homestead slammed for ‘short-changing’ backpackers ‘for its own benefit’

Outback NT homestead slammed for ‘short-changing’ backpackers ‘for its own benefit’

Updated May 02, 2018 08:13:59 Photo: The Barkly Homestead underpaid 17 workers between October 2015 and April 2016. (Carl Curtain: ABC Rural) Related Story: Backpackers top ombudsman complaint list Related Story: Backpackers ‘targeted by dodgy labour hire companies’ Australia’s workplace watchdog has sunk its teeth into a remote Northern Territory …

Outback footy clubs spending thousands to play in their local competitions

Outback footy clubs spending thousands to play in their local competitions

Posted April 28, 2018 07:47:14 Photo: Benedicta Pindan says the cost of running a remote football team is huge. (ABC Kimberley: Emily Jane Smith) Related Story: How AFL is bringing new opportunities for women in remote Kimberley Related Story: Meet the Aboriginal women kicking goals Remote communities in Western Australia …

‘We’ve had a lot of young deaths’: Outback WA men’s shed warns younger men at risk

‘We’ve had a lot of young deaths’: Outback WA men’s shed warns younger men at risk

Posted April 23, 2018 10:48:03 Photo: Chris “Blinky” Francis says he does not want to have to attend any more funerals in Kambalda due to the suicide of young men. (ABC News: Tom Joyner) A men’s shed in Kambalda in outback Western Australia hopes to recruit more younger men to …

Iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre rebuilt in Winton in outback Queensland

Iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre rebuilt in Winton in outback Queensland

Updated April 20, 2018 12:26:57 Video: The new Waltzing Matilda centre opens in Winton (ABC News) The outback Queensland town of Winton is rising from the ashes and positioning itself as an upmarket outback destination, with its key tourist attraction — the Waltzing Matilda Centre — now rebuilt after going …

Outback weather watchers use local knowledge to record private history of rain events

Outback weather watchers use local knowledge to record private history of rain events

Updated April 21, 2018 08:38:24 Photo: Monitoring the river has always been part of Mr Moffatt’s life, with records stretching back 70 years. (ABC News: Nicole Bond) When your livelihood depends on the weather, predictions, patterns and planning are paramount, which is especially true for farmers and graziers in western …