Buckle in as your hosts Ali and Katie take you on a road trip around the Narrabri region in North West NSW. These two birds from the bush will share the stories of loveable locals, colourful characters and resilient business owners who call this beautiful part of the world home.
You'll hear tales that will inspire you and discover magnificent wonders right here in Australia's backyard. Learn the secrets of pink slug-spotting and get set for plenty of adventure.
Out here it's just you, five million stars, a mountain range ...and a Yowie.
C'mon, it's time to hit the road!
Proudly supported by the Narrabri Region Visitor Information Centre, funded by the NSW Government.
Running Bare Nudist Retreat with Glennis and Laurie Godden
Today the Bush Wanderlust podcast is off to gain a cheeky little insight into the Running Bare Nudist Retreat owned by Narrabri region locals Glennis and Laurie Godden. The retreat is located in the Pilliga scrub and it's a little slice of paradise where tourists stroll around starkers, bushwalk in their birthday suits and really seem to be living their best life without a stitch of clothing on.
Running Bare founders Glennis and Laurie Godden are high school sweethearts and once their children grew up and left home, it was their naked ambition that inspired the couple to create Running Bare, with their family's support, in this wildly beautiful location. There's definitely a trend at the nudist retreat of retirees and empty nesters seeking a simpler life. Ali and Katie chat to the Goddens about the nudist lifestyle, uncover their path to going to 'the full monty', discuss how COVID has people craving this back to basic lifestyle as well as talk about the mysteries and myths of the Pilliga forest including the Yowie.
Black Snake Distillery: Bringing a Mexican flavour to the Narrabri region.
Do you ever dream about quitting your day job and starting a more satisfying business venture from scratch? Well, that's exactly what Narrabri's Stephen Beale rustled up the courage to do a few years ago when he embarked on a new life as a distiller with his multi-talented partner Rosemary Smith. Together, the former mineworker and music teacher launched the Black Snake Distillery at the foothills of Mount Kaputar bringing a Mexican flavour to the Narrabri region with a unique agave spirit produced in the tradition of mezcal and tequila. Stephen and Rosemary join the Bush Wanderlust podcast this week to chat about their pioneering paddock-to-bottle experience and offer Katie and Ali a sample of their delicious drop that's made from the agave plants grown in their back paddock. Life as a distiller might sound romantic but a whole lot of blood sweat and tears have gone into establishing this sustainable craft distillery. So here's cheers to a good chat with an innovative Narrabri couple who are taking the boutique booze world by storm!
Col 'Mad Dog' Gillham: Boggabri shearer with a heart of gold.
In today's episode, Ali and Katie are stopping by a shearing shed out the back of Boggabri to meet one of the Narrabri region's most colourful characters - shearer and epic fundraising legend Col 'Mad Dog' Gillham. Mad Dog's hometown of Boggabri is best-known as "the little town with the big heart", but there's no bigger heart than Mad Dog's. He's raised truckloads of money for charity in wild, wacky and wonderful ways, from conquering the challenge of a 40-HOUR-shear-a-thon to walking 40 kilometres wearing 74 bras to raise money for cancer sufferers and more! This laconic Aussie character has a heart of gold and is one of the many generous (and humble) volunteers in country Australia who go above and beyond to make the bush a better place to live and visit. Mad Dog's got a swag of cracking yarns from the popular Drovers' Campfire event, and plenty of shearing shed stories to share including what the delicacy of sheep's brains tastes like - if you dare to try! The locals don't call him 'Mad Dog' for nothing....hope you enjoy this chat!
Helen and Bert Wenner: One of the Narrabri region's favourite couples.
On today's episode, Katie and Ali are hitting the road and heading west to Wee Waa to meet one of the Narrabri region's favourite couples - Helen and Bert Wenner. Their love story will make your heart skip a beat. Helen is a proud Gamilaraay woman and an inspiration to many students in her role as the Aboriginal Education Officer at Wee Waa High School. Growing up, Helen spent part of her childhood living at a place called Tulladunna Reserve, and today visitors are welcome to go there on organised knowledge sharing days.
There's also a bit of a foreign twist to the Wenner's love story, Helen's husband Bert is originally from Germany and like many others - his family moved to the district in search of work opportunities in our thriving agricultural sector. In fact, Bert's worked on the same farm just outside the town of Wee Waa for more than 40 years now making our food and fibre. In some ways, Helen and Bert might seem likely an unlikely pair, but together they've got through the toughest of times and made a truly wonderful life.
Thank you to the Wee Waa High School's Indigenous songbirds for singing the beautiful Acknowledgement to Country played at the beginning of this podcast.
And as per the warning at the start of this podcast interview - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this interview contains references to and names of deceased people.
Dr Michael Read: Country vet, pink slug sleuth, bushwalking and orchid enthusiast.
Dr Michael Read (better known to most Narrabri locals as 'Ready') is a popular country vet, pink slug sleuth and orchid enthusiast. Ready is lucky enough to have the magnificent Mount Kaputar right in his backyard and in today's episode, Katie and Ali chat to Ready about the breathtakingly beautiful National Park. You'll hear all about Ready's bushwalking adventures, birdwatching tips, pink slug-hunting secrets and the flower named in his honour! Ready will inspire you to pull those hiking boots out from the back of the cupboard and discover all the natural wonders of the Narrabri region.
Katrina White: Every country bride's dream wedding caterer.
In today's Bush Wanderlust podcast Katie and Ali are on the road to meet every country bride's dream wedding caterer - Narrabri's Katrina White. Just the sound of Treen's name will have tummies rumbling across the Narrabri region because here we know her cooking is just so scrumptiously good. However, it's not just brides from the bush who want a piece of this North West girl's pie - Treen even got the call up to cater for fabulous Channel 7 journalist Edwina Bartholomew's big day. Born and bred on the dusty Cryon plains near Walgett, Treen grew up on a farm and is one of seven children. She trained in Ireland, at the world-famous Ballymaloe Cookery School and had the world at her feet when she completed the course and could've made it in the bright, city lights but Treen returned to her country roots and runs her catering business, Relish, from Narrabri where she employs a swag of locals who work with her at weddings across the countryside. Treen lives in town with her handsome husband Shane and two beautiful girls Willa and Bonnie.
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Absolutely love listening to all of the stories! Alli and Katie have such a great way of engaging their guests and listeners. Keep them coming!!
Fascinating listening to these insightful conversations with such a diverse range of authentic local legends! Katie and Ali’s relaxed ,warm and friendly interviewing style brings their stories to life and makes me proud to be a Narrabri local !
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What a delight to hear these gorgeous girls enthuse over their rural district and interview such interesting every day people. They are so professional and get the very best out of their guests. Most of all they show the Narrabri region for the richly diverse and interesting area it is. Can’t wait to listen to more. Well done Ali and Katie!