A Big Country - Full program podcast

A Big Country - Full program podcast


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


Rebuilding boundary fences and harvesting Kimberley pearls  

Volunteers held rebuild boundary fences after the Pinery bushfires; we tuck into saffron tea and scones; check out the Kimberley pearl harvest; and meet up and coming jockey Emma Bell.

The marbled frogmouth makes a comeback and making crunchy coconut chips  

A rare native night bird makes a comeback; we turn beach coconuts into crunchy chips; go snail farming in Victoria; and meet 92-year-old former vegetable grower, turned machinery collector, Bill Ashman.

Citizen scientists look for new species and tractor trekking in the outback  

Citizen scientists looks for new species; find out what it's like to be a rodeo clown; we make fruit and vegetable bouquets; and go tractor trekking in the footsteps of Burke and Wills.

Living on a conservation reserve and delivering library books outback  

Living and working on a remote conservation reserve in outback Queensland; we saddle up for a lesson in cowboy dressage; go riding with disabled children; and get a delivery from the Outback Letterbox Library.

Feeding chestnuts to pigs and meet a 96-year-old cameleer  

The humble chestnut gets a make-over; Hughenden revives its rich sheep shearing history; an old aircraft hangar is turned into a whisky distillery; and cameleer John Wilkinson is still going strong at 96.

Digging for fossils and keeping bronco branding skills alive  

We join a fossil dig in outback Queensland; they're keeping the art of bronco branding alive in Oodnadatta; Val Bragg's been breeding and showing poultry for the past 40 years; and we stop and smell the roses at Eudlo.

No day the same for country vet and saving a local butcher shop  

This week we go behind the scenes with a country vet; have fun at the Winning Bush gymkhana; enjoy delicious seafood on Tasmania's Freycinet coast; and save a country butcher shop.

Riding for remote education and tales around the campfire  

Bush mums raise awareness of remote education; a wedding photographer ditches the brides and grooms for an outback adventure; we polish up some gem stones; and hear tales around the campfire.

Toasting an urban wine project and worms a wriggling success  

This week we toast an urban wine project; Carol Cosentino opens her home and heart to injured wildlife; we go behind the scenes at a commercial worm farm; and try our luck in a stockman's challenge.

Tapping into morse code week and riding on a cane train  

We step back in time for morse code week in Alice Springs; jump on board a cane train; check out a secret crop growing on the Sunshine Coast; and saddle up with veteran dressage rider Esther Brooks.

Rock wallabies bounce back and making duck egg pavlovas  

Yellow-footed rock wallabies bounce back in South Australia's northern pastoral region; we're cooking sausages in Cloncurry; making lunch at Helen Springs Station; and whipping up a duck-egg pavlova.

Banana growers back in business and growing funky pumpkins  

Top end banana growers pick their first crop in four years; funky pumpkins grow in Manjimup; all Aussie-made merino jumpers for the test cricket team; and meet financial planner turned fencing contractor Sara Carey.

Unearthing rock art, and chicken couture for featherless chooks  

Volunteers help unearth Aboriginal rock art in the Blue Mountains; English-born chef Tim Burn calls the outback town of Tibooburra home; and 'chicken couture' for a brood of featherless chooks.

Trees transform a farm landscape and Alyssa's a champion dog trialler  

A tree planting project transforms a Bega Valley landscape; a young couple grinds out a living off just eight hectares; we turn unwanted fruit and veg into edible powder; and meet four-year-old dog trialler Alyssa Brown.

Shopping for veg 24/7 and riding out with the Yee Haa Rangers  

This week shopping for fruit and veg 24/7; taking on a 100-year-old apple orchard; meet the young brothers breeding and selling funky chickens; and riding out with the Yee Haa Rangers.

Horsing around in the north and Ziggy's a divine hypnotist  

This week meet hypnotist and water diviner Ziggy Sieczka; horses and riders bond in a mustering camp; we take a carriage ride around Clermont; and a former Melbourne teacher swaps cold Victoria for life in the Northern Territory.

Kinder kids connect with the bush, and learn how to handle an alpaca  

Natimuk pre-schoolers go bush for outdoor kinder; Miriwoong man David Newry goes searching for native bananas; an Irish lass swaps Belfast for an outback pub; and we go to an alpaca handling school.

Edible natives make a comeback, and solar power dries the nuts  

In northern Tasmania edible native plants are making a comeback; hazelnut growers harness the sun to dry their nuts; we go trackside at the Tower Hill picnic races; and check out a shearing collection.

Pearl meat as a seafood delicacy, and things get steamy in Hamilton  

This week turning pearl meat into a seafood delicacy; Hamilton gets all steamed up for a machinery rally; we follow the AI trail with a black angus heifer; and pull up a bar stool in the Mt Mary Hotel.

Looking for malleefowl and growing an 'eggcellent' business  

Citizen scientists seek out the elusive malleefowl; we go behind the scenes at the CWA tea rooms; learn a trick or two about riding a donkey; and check out an 'eggcellent' free ranging egg business.

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