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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


Chocolate maker finds sweet spot with local produce and isolation inspires musician

Making speciality chocolate using berries destined for waste; isolation inspires eighty-eight year old musician's hit song; country music legend becomes accidental beekeeper; former rodeo star breeding bucking horses.


Platypus pursuit and career change to cheesemaking

Rescue mission to help platypus in peril; honeymoon with a difference leads couple to new career in goat farming, cheesemaking; making old-fashioned cosies for tea drinking traditionalists; florist gets to work on flower farm.


Turning timber plantation into wetlands and droving in Tasmania

Ecologists buy 1,000 acre timber plantation and transform it into wetlands; family continues droving tradition; bountiful lychee harvest; tea expert aiming to convert Australians to appreciating a 'slow' cuppa.


Passion for tattooing and goats munching on weeds

Tattoo artist reflects on after 61 years on the needle; goats put to work munching weeds; exotic mushroom growers expand business; retiree finds creative outlet through glass.


The flying vet and taking up the reins on family cattle station

Flying vet taking care of outback animals; young electrician trades power points for running a cattle joint; summer rains provide a bounty for enthusiastic fungi hunters; family celebrates 100 years of pineapple farm.


Recording songbirds for musical inspiration and lifesaving goats

Native birdsong providing inspiration for original orchestral music; how a gift of goats became a lifesaver; saddle maker practising dying art; learning the art of rearing Queen bees.


Hand-crafted Christmas cheer and market garden springs from COVID career change

Crafters providing festive cheer for bushfire survivors; bumper season for fresh figs; classic COVID career change sees actor, photographer become a market gardener; and turning hobby making booze into a family distilling business.


Singing together again and saving baby turtles

Choir beats COVID restrictions to perform Christmas service; conservation work helping endangered turtle species; Christmas tree grower bringing magic of the season to families; farming the old fashioned way with nearly century old reaper binder.


Breathing new life into grand old home and caring for exotic pets

Family's labour of love restoring 160-year-old homestead; 30 years of caring for exotic pets; big plans for tiny homes to help at-risk young people; more young women learning shearing skills, bolstering ageing workforce.


Uncertain future for tiny school and restoring gold rush relics

Tiny rural school with long history faces uncertain future; specialist brick-layers restore gold rush relics; young men in juvenile justice system learning beekeeping trade; Santa adapting to COVID-safe protocols for family photo shoots on the beach.


From cockpit to coffee shop owner and growing native foods

Pilot makes career change from cockpit, to rural cafe owner; growing and harvesting native foods that are full of flavour; plans for a bush tucker farm in Central Victoria; and the table tennis club for players aged 60 to 100.


New clothes for bushfire survivors and making mulberry mead

Charity organisation dressing bushfire survivors in new designer threads; mulberry growers using excess fruit to make mead; long-time dance teacher finds new creative hobby making beautiful mosaic artworks; and how modern technology turned making cows into an international affair.


Rebuilding after fire and women gather for bush wellbeing camp

Community fundraiser supporting bushfire residents to rebuild; outback camp for women helping address mental health; country music star turns gold prospector during pandemic; growing hot chillies in Australia's coldest state.


Lord Terry's medieval village and couple create a haven for birds

Inside a medieval village in the Queensland bush; couple create a haven for birds by replanting trees; how a music lover turned his passion for piano into a career; grazier uses art to explore changing climate.


Orchid hunting for rare beauties and life of a drover

Veteran orchid hunter searching for Mother Nature's treasures; more young females discovering droving to be the perfect career; Geraldton wax flower blossoming into native food ingredient; demand for chickens soars as more Australians become backyard egg farmers.


Growing vanilla beans and wild orchids bloom after bushfire

Hunting for golden beans in vanilla vines; return of orchids lifts sprits in community recovering from bushfire; eggs farmers flourish in tricky first year farming; northern grazier hoping La Nina delivers decent wet season.


Bringing ballet to the bush and amplifying music through kelp

Meet the FIFO ballet teacher giving dance lessons to children in a remote mining community; hear music from a violinist who is using kelp to amplify her sound; join a horseback cattle muster in North Queensland; and, discover why sheep are a popular choice for hobby farmers wanting a paddock to plate experience.


Passion for pinball and caring for country

Reliving the joy of youth with home pinball parlour; caring for country on Cape York Peninsula; Indigenous crews carry out cultural burn; travel ban sees trekking guides put to work on Tassie farm.


Treasured tiny country schools and camels providing milk and cuddles

The tiny country schools teaching just a handful of students; dairy camels prized for milk and cuddles; regional newspaper celebrates 125 years in print; shearing gets underway at one of the country's northern-most sheep properties.


Harvesting sandalwood for perfume and life underground

Traditional owners harvesting sandalwood in WA's Gibson Desert for international perfume market; meet the couple living underground in a former WW2 ammunition bunker; horses helping young detainees find empathy and budding composer wins opportunity to have work performed by youth orchestra.