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.


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.

Good rain puts yabbies and wild caught barra back on the menu  

After a couple of very dry years both fresh water yabbies and barramundi are back in good supply; volunteer tutors lend a helping hand in outback NSW; and lamington ladies are in action in the Cardross community hall.

Blaze Aid helps flooded farmers and bathing in the Eulo mud  

Blaze Aid volunteers help farmers get back on track; sisters unite to keep the family dairy running; we crack nuts in Tasmania; and lie back and relax in a mud bath in outback Queensland.

Volunteers respond to outback 'disaster' and learning station skills  

Outback volunteers respond to a simulated disaster; Aboriginal ringers are put through their training paces; they're racing billy goats in Balranald; and Peter Rowe delivers mail along the Oodnadatta track.

Wine and cheese in the vineyard, and new kids in the territory  

Wine and cheese a good mix on a Barossa Valley farm; Jim Young collects vintage sewing machines; the Sleep family turns their backyard into an urban farm; and new ringer recruits head to the territory.

Distance education at Ibis Creek, and race-day colour fashions  

This week a sneak peek inside the classroom at Ibis Creek Station; Aboriginal students get hands-on experience driving a mine truck simulator; we sample a craft beer in Pt Lincoln; and get a colour guide to race-day fashions.

Keeping fit in the bush, and big-city footy comes to the country  

Pull on your active wear and join Manangatang locals at their weekly fitness class; footy fans get their AFL fix at Moe; we enjoy a glass of ginger beer in Burnie; and learn how to correctly age a fish.

Refugees harvest their maize crop and breeding kelpie dogs  

Burundian refugees living in regional Victoria feel more at home growing a traditional maize crop; a Mt Gambier couple has bold plans to feed 250 families off just half a hectare; and meet kelpie dog breeder Julie Turner.

Ride the Roper River taxi and Charlie's a pint-sized shearer  

Hop on board the Roper River taxi service - the only way in and out of Ngukurr during the wet; a feral cat makes a meal of a snake; young cattle handlers put their best 'hoof' forward; and meet Charlie Dunn the pint-sized shearer.

Birds return to Lake Cowal and spreading the farm safe message  

Lake Cowal in New South Wales is home once again to thousands of waterbirds; meet a young winemaker with a real connection to the earth; and UK farmer Jim Chapman spreads the farm-safe message.

'Amazing' art work on the Lachlan, and 'Cluck Norris' the rooster  

An 'amazing' art work appears on a stock route; we make sculptures from farmyard scrap metal; distil craft gin from rainforest natives; and discover roadhouse gems in the Territory.

Four months on the flood clean-up continues, and boab-flavoured rum  

Four months on the big flood clean up continues for Lake Cowal farmers; a Kimberley icon flavours a local spiced rum; we head out on fruit fly patrol; and get up close to noisy vintage tractors.

Old army tanks used on farm, and playing cricket Pilbara style  

Old army tanks were used to make dams and clear timber in post war years; meet the shearing team with an average age of 75; Korean students learn Aussie horse skills; and playing cricket, Pilbara style.

Crocs and cattle don't mix, and catching barra in the Kimberley  

Crocs and cattle don't mix on a Northern Territory station; meet a specialist alpaca shearer; and a fish restocking program pays big dividends in the Kimberley.

Foraging for edible weeds, and hitching a ride on a cane train  

We're foraging for edible weeds on a roadside in northern Tasmania; get reacquainted with the old-fashioned rosella fruit; hitch a ride on a cane train; and go barra fishing in the Kimberley.

Jillaroos and jackaroos in training, and hatching baby crocs  

Afghan refugees are happy to call Shepparton home; training up the next generation of jackeroos and jillaroos; we cruise Wilson Inlet with fisherman George Ebbett; and give baby crocs a helping hand into the world.

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