Country Breakfast - Rural Reporter Podcast

Country Breakfast - Rural Reporter Podcast


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


Walk in a heritage rose garden, and still tanning hides at 90  

Walk through a heritage rose garden; farmer Alex Cant collects shearing memorabilia; 90-year-old Bryan Pearce loving tanning hides; and value adding deer products for the Chinese medicine market.

Meet the Barkly bloggers and brewing tropical fruit cider  

Professional bloggers travel to the Barkly Tableland to talk to rural women; we're harvesting home-grown garlic bulbs; brewing tropical fruit cider; and learning how to crack a whip.

Sisters buck farming stereotype and picking and processing peppercorns  

Two young sisters buck the trend when it comes to rural stereotypes; tractor trekkers take to the road in Tasmania; we check out the Frog Hollow nursery; and harvest peppercorns in far north Queensland.

Tagging turtles on Rosemary Island and harvesting edible flowers  

Volunteers are tagging turtles off the Pilbara coast, and we check out new-age hoof care for horses. Old fridges and bath tubs get a new lease of life in the Beswick community garden, and we visit an edible flower farm off the coast of Brisbane.

Floodwaters revive river red gum wetlands and last drinks at the Grove Hill pub  

Victoria's famous river red gum wetlands get a good soaking; Bec Bovell is Cygnet's mushroom lady; we go behind the scenes at the Weengallon ladies day; and Stan Heausler calls last drinks at the Grove Hill Hotel.

Breeding prawns to keep up with demand and meet a peacock called Percy  

Australian prawn farms are expanding to keep up with demand; artisan beer is being brewed at a South Australian winery; pride is on the line at the Australian sheepdog trials; and a flamboyant peacock is a chicken protector.

Oyster gardeners replenish reefs and an emergency beer run at Merbein  

This week we're gardening on the land and in the sea; a touring show brings science to kids in the bush; and organisers of the Merbein rodeo risk running out of food and beer when a huge crowd turns up.

The day in the life of a horse stud and weed busting goats  

Follow a day in the life of a Hunter Valley horse stud; lawn mowing goats prove to be great weed busters; and distance education kids practice for their school musical via telephone and webcam.

Lyrebird survey in Sherbrooke Forest and horses find new homes  

We go in search of the superb lyrebirds that live in Victoria's Dandenong Ranges; a commercial fisherman makes dog treats from unwanted fish; and ex race horses find new homes in western Queensland.

On the road with 'glamping' grey nomads and firing up the forge  

Meet the grey nomads 'glamping' their way across northern Australia; tropical flowers love a warmer winter; harvest begins at the world's first abalone farm; and an old-fashioned blacksmith fires up the forge in Cargo.

Maisie's still farming at 90 and orchids on steroids  

Age is no barrier to 90-year-old Maisie Brooks, still running the family farm in Victoria; rural vet Claire Law gives a cow a pedicure; Pilbara ringers show off their stock skills; and growing cymbidiums orchids.

Quoll numbers down in the Pilbara and chasing an elusive fox  

A poor wet season sees a drop in northern quoll numbers in the Pilbara; the scallop season begins in Tasmania; a home delivery scheme works for farmers and consumers; and the Brook Hunt Club chases an elusive fox.

Keeping tabs on barramundi and doing the rounds at lambing time  

We're keeping tabs on barramundi; the Yandina farmers market explodes in a riot of colour; we meet a young woman with a passion for her hairy belted galloways; and we do the rounds during lambing time

Community farm feeds disadvantaged families and highland cows produce great beef  

A market garden in Burnie helps feed local families; hairy highland cattle win a beef award; we limber up with tractor yoga classes; and join the Deadly Runners group on Thursday Island.

Making CWA relevant to younger women and cool cheese at Coolamon  

The Country Women's Association makes itself relevant to modern professional women; we learn about heritage pig breeds; visit a coffee plantation; and check out a boutique cheese factory.

Crowdfunding rebuilds Buchan's pub and coffee culture hits outback Queensland  

The Buchan community eagerly awaits the re-opening of their pub; real four-legged horse power is put to work in a vineyard in Western Australia; heavy winter rain turns Wagner's rose nursery into mud and slush; and coffee culture hits outback Queensland.

Helping migrant women settle  in regional Australia and little cattle with a big flavour  

This week helping migrant women settle into regional Australia; we learn about aquaponics from some cute five-year-olds; visit a vegetable farm under attack from wild ducks; and get the low-down on low-line cattle.

Forage for your food and working dog training tips  

We forage for food in a pine forest; get some working dog training tips; cheer on competitors in the endurance riding championships; and saddle up for a junior rodeo event in the Northern Territory.

Pop-up cinema brings community together and blushing brides a flower favourite  

A pop-up cinema brings drought-stricken communities together; we visit the opal mining town of White Cliffs; catch the Hammond Island ferry in Torres Strait; and pick native flowers in South Australia.

Divine intervention in the truffle harvest, and the flying padre takes off  

There's divine intervention as the truffle harvest gets into full swing; Isabella Britton rules the kitchen on Alderley Station; we taste test fresh wasabi leaves and stems; and take to the skies with flying padre David Shrimpton.

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