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The Outback Way is Australia's longest shortcut spanning 2700km from Winton in western Queensland to Laverton in Western Australia. The Outback Way Podcast is your travel guide, history book and documentary series about the people, places and purpose of this great Australian roadtrip. There's truly something for everybody on The Outback Way: dinosaurs, art, treasure hunting, heritage and culture, all set against the backdrop of stunning natural landscapes. You'll learn what you need to prepare to have a safe trip, discover the events and attractions in the towns along the road, and hear the stories of locals and visitors alike. Buckle up as we take you on Australia's longest shortcut, a journey through the heart of Australia.

The Outback Way Podcast Helen Lewis

    • Society & Culture

The Outback Way is Australia's longest shortcut spanning 2700km from Winton in western Queensland to Laverton in Western Australia. The Outback Way Podcast is your travel guide, history book and documentary series about the people, places and purpose of this great Australian roadtrip. There's truly something for everybody on The Outback Way: dinosaurs, art, treasure hunting, heritage and culture, all set against the backdrop of stunning natural landscapes. You'll learn what you need to prepare to have a safe trip, discover the events and attractions in the towns along the road, and hear the stories of locals and visitors alike. Buckle up as we take you on Australia's longest shortcut, a journey through the heart of Australia.

    Caravanning with Kids, with Adele Dyson

    Caravanning with Kids, with Adele Dyson

    In this episode, Helen chats with Adele Dyson from Caravanning with Kids, a website and online shop dedicated to sharing stories, tips and recommendations about caravanning with kids.

    Adele tells Helen how her family got started caravanning and why they started the website. There is now also two large Facebook groups, Aussie Big Lappers and Caravan Homemaker’s Hub which you can find via their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/caravanningwithkids/

    Adele shares some recommendations and suggestions for families travelling with kids, including some school options for kids when on the road, and advice for caravanning with pets too.

    Adele and Helen finish their discussion talking about top tips for people getting started caravanning with kids.

    Connect with Adele at https://www.caravanningwithkids.com.au/ or on Facebook or Instagram at @caravanningwithkidsau

    You can find all notes and links on our website, www.outbackway.org.au where you can subscribe to our newsletter, buy our guidebook and download the app if you haven't already. Join us on Facebook and Twitter @OutbackWay1

    Send your questions, comments and travel stories to info@outbackway.org.au and if you share your story, we may even feature you on this podcast! Thank you for joining us through the heart of Australia, on Australia's longest short cut.

    The Outback Way Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 23 min
    Updates to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs in Winton

    Updates to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs in Winton

    In this episode of the Outback Way Podcast, Helen speaks with David Elliot, the Executive Chairman of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs in Winton.

    They discuss the history of how the museum came to be, after discovery of dinosaur fossils in the area, and the potential for regional Queensland and ongoing opportunities for the town of Winton.

    David tells us about the different types of fossils they’ve got and the work they are doing to develop it as a destination as Australia’s Natural History Museum, plus why the Outback Way is so important to them.

    There is also a short interview with 12-year-old Isobel at the end of the episode, who shares her experience visiting the Australian Age of Dinosaurs.

    Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @OutbackWay1

    You can find all notes and links on our website, www.outbackway.org.au where you can subscribe to our newsletter, buy our guidebook and download the app if you haven't already. Join us on Facebook and Twitter @OutbackWay1

    Send your questions, comments and travel stories to info@outbackway.org.au and if you share your story, we may even feature you on this podcast! Thank you for joining us through the heart of Australia, on Australia's longest short cut.

    The Outback Way Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 38 min
    Updates to the Great Beyond Centre in Laverton

    Updates to the Great Beyond Centre in Laverton

    In this episode, Helen chats to Laurinda Hill, the Manager of the Great Beyond Centre at Laverton in WA. They’ve had a brand new extension put onto the Visitor Information Centre and have really enhanced a lot of their tourism attractions over the last 18 months - 2 years.

    Laurinda updates us on the refurbishments and expansion of the centre, including the activities available now and the audio tour, the cafe and gift shop, the Explorers Hall of Fame and the interpretive garden that reflects the history of the region.

    Helen and Laurinda also discuss updates to events and attractions in Laverton generally, including the Aquatic Centre, the Historic Police Station complex, the history of outback graves, the Golden Quest Discovery Trail, the Laverton Art Galleries and Laverfest which will be in September.

    Content Warning, this episode does have a brief mention of suicide. If you or someone you know needs help, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

    Follow on Facebook and Instagram @TheGreatBeyondVisitorCentre or email greatbeyond@laverton.wa.gov.au

    Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @OutbackWay1

    You can find all notes and links on our website, www.outbackway.org.au where you can subscribe to our newsletter, buy our guidebook and download the app if you haven't already. Join us on Facebook and Twitter @OutbackWay1

    Send your questions, comments and travel stories to info@outbackway.org.au and if you share your story, we may even feature you on this podcast! Thank you for joining us through the heart of Australia, on Australia's longest short cut.

    The Outback Way Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 17 min
    The National Portrait Gallery Exhibition at Winton

    The National Portrait Gallery Exhibition at Winton

    The National Portrait Gallery is putting on an exhibition in Winton from 21st May 2022 to 21st of June. Helen speaks with Creator of Exhibitions for the National Portrait Gallery, Penny Grist about this significant exercise.

    Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @OutbackWay1

    You can find all notes and links on our website, www.outbackway.org.au where you can subscribe to our newsletter, buy our guidebook and download the app if you haven't already. Join us on Facebook and Twitter @OutbackWay1

    Send your questions, comments and travel stories to info@outbackway.org.au and if you share your story, we may even feature you on this podcast! Thank you for joining us through the heart of Australia, on Australia's longest short cut.

    The Outback Way Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 16 min
    Gemtree with Alex Chalmers

    Gemtree with Alex Chalmers

    In this episode, Helen has a great conversation with Alex Chalmers, one of the co-owners of Gemtree on the Plenty Highway. Gemtree is a mixed business, offering accommodation, gem fossicking and setting, tours and the famous Camp Over Dinners.

    Helen and Alex chat about the mix of visitors to Gemtree, both long term fossickers and interstate visitors, keen to experience fossicking. Alex shares what kind of stones you can find at Gemtree, about the tours, as well as what facilities are there for people to sort their stones and get jewellery made.

    Alex and Helen discuss the accommodation options for people to stay at Gemtree, including the great Camp Oven Dinners on Wednesday and Saturday night. Alex also shares about the history of his family and how they came to be at Gemtree as pioneering men and women.

    For more info go to Gemtree.com.au or call 08 8956 9855 or email gemtree@gemtree.com.au

    Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @OutbackWay1

    You can find all notes and links on our website, www.outbackway.org.au where you can subscribe to our newsletter, buy our guidebook and download the app if you haven't already. Join us on Facebook and Twitter @OutbackWay1

    Send your questions, comments and travel stories to info@outbackway.org.au and if you share your story, we may even feature you on this podcast! Thank you for joining us through the heart of Australia, on Australia's longest short cut.

    The Outback Way Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 27 min
    Updates and Attractions in Boulia QLD, with Julie Woodhouse

    Updates and Attractions in Boulia QLD, with Julie Woodhouse

    In this episode Helen has a chat to Julie Woodhouse, the Community Services Manager at Boulia in Western Qld, all about the updates and attractions in the town. A revitalised and refurbished Min Min Encounter is waiting for you to visit!

    Helen also shares some announcements, including the amazing news from February 2022 of an extra $678 million to complete the sealing of the Outback Way.

    Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @OutbackWay1

    You can find all notes and links on our website, www.outbackway.org.au where you can subscribe to our newsletter, buy our guidebook and download the app if you haven't already. Join us on Facebook and Twitter @OutbackWay1

    Send your questions, comments and travel stories to info@outbackway.org.au and if you share your story, we may even feature you on this podcast! Thank you for joining us through the heart of Australia, on Australia's longest short cut.

    The Outback Way Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 11 min

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