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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.

    Outback Way Update + Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre

    Outback Way Update + Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre

    In this, the final episode of the Outback Way Podcast, Helen gives an update on the Outback Way funding and development before sharing a snapshot of a project that epitomises the kind of sustainable development of the corridor that the Outback Highway Development Council want to see more of going forwards.

    Helen interview Sue Hanson from the Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre, which is an exiting project building agency and a sense of belonging and capacity for Indigenous community in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. You can find out more about their work at www.wangka.com.au/galcac-charity/

    “We've had 5 seasons of the podcast capturing the characters, places, events and the development of the Outback way for the last few years. I really appreciate everyone who's listened and downloaded, and all who participated in the podcast as guests.

    I would also like to make a special mention of the Perk Digital team, and Ellen Ronalds Keene who has been the producer for this podcast for its duration.

    I wanted to just give you a snapshot of where the Outback Way project is actually at now, in 2023. We are in an amazing place. In October last year in the Federal budget, we now have a national bipartisan project with the funding being secured of the 1.2 billion which will finish the sealing of the Outback Way.

    I know there's mixed feelings about the sealing of the road. But for people who live across the 2700km Outback Way, the sealing of the road is paramount to their wellbeing and their livelihoods and the liveability of their communities.

    So we at the Outback Highway Development Council are really charging forward now with a new focus and through a new lens of moving from advocacy to actually enabling community development and community capacity within and along the Outback Way.”

    ~ Helen Lewis, General Manager, Outback Highway Development Council

    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 perkdigital.com.au

    • 22 min
    Outback Way Calendar of Events 2023

    Outback Way Calendar of Events 2023

    This episode of the Outback Way podcast is about the various events happening along the route in 2023 that would interest travellers planning their Outback Way adventures. There’s a whole host of activities and events happening in the different towns and regions along the Outback Way from Winton in QLD, through the NT and across to Laverton in WA. If you’re planning a trip this year, make sure you check out what’s on during your travel dates.

    This will be our second last podcast ever. We are wrapping up the podcast, so thank you very much for listening. And also I would really like to thank Perk Digital and Ellen Ronalds Keene for her production of this podcast. It has been a wonderful exercise and we've been able to capture lots of stories and some great information about the journey of the Outback Way.

    So we have one last final episode coming out later in the month. But in the meantime, enjoy your planning and use the website as much as possible to help with that, and have a very safe trip across the Outback Way!

    • 16 min
    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

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