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

A Big Country ABC Podcasts

    • Society & Culture

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

    Treasured tiny country schools and camels providing milk and cuddles

    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.

    • 25 min
    Harvesting sandalwood for perfume and life underground

    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.

    • 25 min
    Master guitar maker and sassy silkie chickens

    Master guitar maker and sassy silkie chickens

    Musician turned guitar maker passing knowledge to next generation; first time farmer finds passion project with silkie chickens; riding the highs and lows over five decades of dairy farming; what goes into making baby trees.

    • 25 min
    Horse riding for health and welcoming whales with song

    Horse riding for health and welcoming whales with song

    Horse riding program helping disabled people find confidence, independence; traditional owners reviving ancient practice of welcoming whales with song; flower show brightens spirits amid coronavirus downturn; Territorians getting a taste for northern beef breeds.

    • 25 min
    Planting 10,000 trees and training for epic trek

    Planting 10,000 trees and training for epic trek

    Metalcore band and fans help farmer plant 10,000 trees; trekking equivalent of Kokoda Track in a single day to raise money for PNG domestic violence prevention charity; copper still makers turn whisky producers; Boer goats bring breeder happiness.

    • 25 min
    Bush therapy for Indigenous youth and accidental coffee farmers

    Bush therapy for Indigenous youth and accidental coffee farmers

    Breaking the cycle of youth crime, with time at bush camp; gold rush in outback Queensland as precious metal price rises; growers finding alternative uses for exotic jujube fruit in beer and vinegar; accidental bean growers learning to like drinking coffee.

    • 25 min

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