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The ABC's team of specialist reporters introduce you to the people and places that make up country Australia.

The ABC's team of specialist reporters introduce you to the people and places that make up country Australia.


Brisbane, QLD


The ABC's team of specialist reporters introduce you to the people and places that make up country Australia.




ABC Radio National GPO Box 9994 Sydney 2001


Milking happy camels and beer lovers canning craft brews

Camel farmer finding growing demand for milk; beer loving mates get to work canning for microbreweries; boarding school dealing with challenge of remote learning for students in remote communities; egg producer sees increase in customers seeking eggs from pasture grazing hens.


Spreading joy with sunflowers and making music with exquisite upcycled organ

Farmer spreading joy by giving away sunflower blooms; final, sublime performance for handmade chamber organ; harvesting Australia's biggest organic hemp crop; students return to learning outdoors at nature school.


Entertaining staff on remote cattle station and crafting pink gin

Event planner keeping remote station staff entertained after returning home to parents' cattle property; distiller turns to bushtucker to create unique pink gin; tractor lovers take their machinery show online; tasting sweet, crunchy apples as the harvest wraps up in the Adelaide Hills.


Digging for fossils and artist gives country town a colourful makeover

Finding fossils in underground cave dig; street artist turning country town into open air art gallery; friends turn super sleuths to solve historic mystery; tricks to growing tasty tomatoes on huge trellises.


Pulling together through pandemic and caring for wildlife in lockdown

Feeding the village, tourist town helping residents get by with hampers of good grub; wildlife sanctuary staff making sure animals get lots of attention during lockdown; bustling market falls quiet as stalls stripped back to bare essentials, end of an era as nuns leave former convent, turned ecology site.


Restoring relics of the past in regional Australia

Meet some of the people undertaking painstaking restoration work to bring beauties of the past back to life in this episode featuring some of our favourite stories from the A Big Country archives.


Teaching traditional chair making and reviving ancient art of blacksmithing

This week, we bring you a special episode featuring some of our favourite stories from the archives. We're taking you inside workshops and sheds in regional Australia where skilled craftsmen and women are working with their hands and keeping traditional trades alive.


Feeding smoke-tainted wine grapes to wildlife and sunflowers brighten up drought landscape

When Natalie Tindale lost an entire year's worth of winemaking grapes to lingering bushfire smoke, the last thing she wanted was to see them go to waste. Ms Tindale offered the grapes for free to anyone who could come and pick them and wildlife groups snapped up the offer to feed their fruit loving rescue animals.


Green sea turtle returns to the wild and finding forgiveness for accidental fire starter

Green sea turtle returns to the wild after being nursed to good health; compassionate community finds forgiveness for accidental fire starter; the story behind quirky roadside mailboxes; and farmer comes up with crafty contraptions to reduce back-breaking load.


Reviving Indigenous fishing tradition and working dogs sniffing out jobs for owners

Indigenous fishermen launch new fishing boat; working dogs proving an asset for wannabe farm workers; family of toymakers bringing joy of traditional toys to new generation; outback horse race goes ahead without spectators.


Outback station life for foster kids and 'tough mob' of women running remote town

Outback station family welcoming foster kids to their fold, the remote country town where women are in charge, macadamia growers opening farm to tourists with an onsite cafe and fruit grower picking the native citrus likened to 'bush caviar'.


Music lovers embracing the 'happy' instrument and growing massive mangoes

Why popularity of the ukulele is continuing to grow; singles night aiming to transform farming town; fruit grower on a mission to beat record for biggest mango; riding again - new home for horses after trail riding business goes bust.


The many roles of an outback cop and help for drought affected communities

Meet the outback cop wearing many hats in her tiny town; country priest providing essential aid to drought community; revegetation project bringing island back to life; visit the foster farm taking care of retired racehorses.


Foraging for wild herbs and crafting bespoke cricket bats

Chef getting a taste of island life in the Bass Strait; making bespoke cricket bats a labour of love for long-time craftsman; first-time farmers finding success with companion planting; goat dairy a perfect lifestyle fit for farming family.


Yacht skipper's spectacular workplace and creeks flow after long dry

Tasmanian yacht skipper could have the best job in the world; farmers celebrate the return of running creeks and rivers; Fijian army take time out from bushfire recovery to visit Aboriginal community; and working dog breeders welcome new pups.


Harvesting microgreens and reclaiming the beach with surf therapy

Family farm filling demand for leafy greens and edible flowers; surf therapy helping bushfire town reclaim beach; 'magical' wetlands supporting biodiversity and crocodile farmer changes focus after 40 years.


The long ride to school and returning home after bushfire

Meet the bush kids commuting thousands of kilometres each year on the school bus; artist walks back to what remains of her home and studio after bushfire; puppy appointed school's 'director of happiness'; slow charity trip fuelled by coffee and art.


Bottle feeding baby wombats and hay donation for drought areas

Rescuing wombats after bushfire; hay run delivering animal feed to farmers in need; long-time crabber continuing family fishing tradition and expat community builds a little piece of Egypt in regional New South Wales.


Epic horseback adventure and collecting crocodile eggs

Adventurer's 4,500 kilometre journey from the country's east to west on horseback; venturing into the crocodile enclosure for tricky job of egg collection; new generation learning art of taxidermy; volunteers help with effort to protect native grasslands.


Finding happiness picking mangoes and baking helps drug addicts' recovery

Finding happiness in picking mangoes; vintage tractor collection goes to auction; rehabilitating drug addicts with sourdough baking; and 'sea asparagus' could be a winning crop for farmers with salty land.