10 episodes

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.

Bush Wanderlust Podcast Ali Smith & Katie Watson

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 46 Ratings

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.

    SNEAK PEEK: Introducing the Bush Wanderlust Podcast Series

    SNEAK PEEK: Introducing the Bush Wanderlust Podcast Series

    Introducing the Bush Wanderlust Podcast, a new series hosted by Ali Smith and Katie Watson.
    Buckle in as these two birds from the bush take you on a road trip around the Narrabri region in North West New South Wales, Australia. Ali and Katie will share the amazing stories of the loveable locals who call the Narrabri region home.

    • 5 min
    Katrina White: Every country bride's dream wedding caterer.

    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.

    • 37 min
    Dr Michael Read: Country vet, pink slug sleuth, bushwalking and orchid enthusiast.

    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.

    • 28 min
    Helen and Bert Wenner: One of the Narrabri region's favourite couples.

    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.

    • 39 min
    Col 'Mad Dog' Gillham: Boggabri shearer with a heart of gold.

    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!

    • 36 min
    Black Snake Distillery: Bringing a Mexican flavour to the Narrabri region.

    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!

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Ginni's Mobile ,

So proud

Thank you ladies. I’ve been teary all the way to work hearing Katrina White’s story. I and my brothers grew up with Trins parents and while I live on the outskirts of Sydney my heart is definitely in the NW (Walgett). I’m so proud hear stories if bushies especially people I have some connection to like Trins grandmother (Bett) who’s cooking was superb. Thank you again and lots more stories please! Perhaps visit my SIL Coral Marshall. ❤️

MeagsAudio ,

Keep the stories coming!

Such a great podcast - love bringing these bush stories into my everyday city life!

flowerchild490 ,

Fabulous Podcast!

Such great interviewers! Love listening to this podcast!

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