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ABC (Australia)

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


Growing winter roses and language lessons on country

Flower grower turning passion into business bursting with colour; Aboriginal language lessons move from classroom, onto country; gourmet mushroom grower takes out produce award; small rural school leading the way in sustainability.


Chasing the sun on the show circuit and breeding miniature farm animals

Continuing family tradition, bringing the show to country towns; students helping green up a bushfire blackened farm; small scale farmers breeding a menagerie of tiny farm animals; twin sisters inspiring next generation of learners in their remote community.


Four generations of bread makers and capturing environmental DNA

Continuing family baking tradition for 95 years; Aboriginal community harnessing cultural burning to protect significant site from weeds; rangers and scientists collecting environmental DNA; and noisy baby camels announce their arrival in the world.


Distillers making local spirits with tropical botanicals and singing sea shanties

Far North Queensland spirit makers hit on success using tropical fruits and botanicals; Aboriginal students swap classroom for time learning from elders on country; coming together to sing sea shanties as social media sparks resurgence for old folk songs; and cider makers turn apple waste into gluten-free flour.


Spinning family fleece into fine yarns and citrus love story

Keeping the art of spinning wool alive; turning farmland back to nature; fourth generation citrus growers and breeding Koolie working dogs.


Community pooling olives to press local oil and cute baby lambs ease loneliness

Communal olive pressing makes local oil blend; orphaned lambs in knitted jumpers get worldwide social media following; demand grows for nature-based learning; celebrating Pacific Island culture with inaugural sports day.


Truffle dogs sniff out bumper harvest and surf healing for bushfire communities

Truffle hunting dogs helping out with harvest; surf healing for teens moving on from black summer bushfires; school opera program heads to the outback; going bush with father and son birdwatchers.


Sighting of endangered parrot and next generation of Indigenous beekeepers

Spotting of critically endangered swift parrots sparks excitement; bush honey business training next generation of Indigenous beekeepers; bike mechanic takes skills on the road; project aims to shed light on the zamia palm endemic to Western Australia's south coast.


Exercising working dogs instincts and collector's treasure trove of vintage vinyl

Training for bored backyard working dogs; music lover amasses more than 20,000 records; meeting baby alpacas; visiting 'piece of paradise' on Cape York Peninsula.


Reviving ancient winemaking technique and celebrating 70 years of School of the Air

Making wine in huge terracotta pots; celebrating 70 years of School of the Air; horse therapy program expands to remote communities; end of an era for island sheep crossing.


Foraging for wild weeds and mission to save sandalwood trees

Forager picking edible weeds for nutritious meals; YouTube clips helping pecan grower learns tricks of the trade; landowner's mission to save trees from extinction; teaching trades to girls.


Scones bring community together and making violins from the back of a truck

Hot scones helping seniors find connection; father and son continue violin making legacy; fisherman feeding island community; six-year-old greeen-thumb sharing gardening joy through seed sales.


Picking weeds for lantana gin and tricky business breeding ducks

Distiller using pest plant to make bespoke gin; worm farmer’s sales soar; first time duck farmers trying their luck with breeding program; and passionate collector adds to vintage cinema memorabilia.


Eating emu and cattle producer becomes published author

Butcher and farmer encouraging customers to try eating emu; cattle producer turns children's book author; bountiful pomegranate harvest; the heiress who used her inheritance to care for wounded soldiers.


Harvesting saffron for home cooks and helping regional women return to work

Former chef growing saffron; new outfits giving regional women a confidence boost, helping them get back into work; police using sport to build better relationships with young people; cave diver exploring underground labyrinth.


Growing microgreens and guardian dogs making friends with free range hens

Mum’s microgreen side hustle thriving; guardian dogs making friends with the free-range hens they are protecting from predators; trainee Indigenous rangers take on important weed control work; pursuing passion for cider with tree-change orchard.


Restoring country town's 'beautiful darling' and pilgrims take on local camino walk

Restoring beautiful old building, pilgrims take on local camino walk, art as therapy helping to heal trauma, volunteers kept busy with fencing more than a year after fire.


Growing hot chilli peppers and counting desert fish after summer rain

Farmer getting a taste for chillies; counting fish after good summer rain in desert country; bushfire affected towns compete in community cricket match; father and son fishers ridding river of pest species.


Guarding rare birds' nests and winemakers pivot to produce craft cider

Farmer's 60 year mission to protect rare malleefowls; making craft cider from local, seasonal produce; all-female, all-guitar band rocking out; counting dung beetles for national research project.


Riding high on road tripping resurgence and treasured old trees

Tradies in demand for campervan conversions; old trees hold connection to ancestors; chess teaching children problem solving skills; farmers' battle with birds goes high-tech.