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




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




The family that fossicks and a woodchopping legend

Meet a woodchopping legend, come on a fossicking family trip around Australia and join the crowd gathered to meet some famous Muster Dogs.


Three generations sharing a passion for railway and life of a remote road worker

Three generations of family keeping tourist railway on track; remote worker survives weeks alone in the outback with the help of his guitar; Tassie devils adjusting to life in tropical north as part of conservation project; breeding Boer goats for meat and weed munching.


Using fruit to flavour beer and giving grand, old homestead a new lease on life

Unwanted passionfruit pureed to make funky beer flavouring; relocating and restoring historic homestead in outback Queensland; turtle research focussed on keeping nests cool to prevent male drought; celebrating the rosella with plans to crank up jam business.


Tackling outback track on horseback and repairing river system

A gap year with a difference for teen horseback adventurer; environmental project helping to restore river; family reunion to remember Italian forbears who made a new life in the cane fields of northern Australia; talking tea cosies over a cuppa with an expert in the craft.


Exploring island bird life and challenging stereotypes of farmers

Appreciating biodiversity in the Capricorn Cays; photographer aiming to smash stereotypes of what a farmer looks like; lambs that love mangoes are helping farmers manage their orchard; growing rare varieties of bananas has kept this farmer in business.


Persimmon season and cast and crew remember Castaway series

Demand growing for unusual autumn fruit; cast and crew of Castaway series return to filming location nearly fifty years later for history project; adventurous tree changers swap beachside apartment living for farm life; after 21 years of tending to their olive grove couple pick final harvest.


Making beer with fresh local hops and perfect score for 100-year-old wine

Making beer with fresh, locally grown hops; accolades for century old wine; ambitious attempt to circumnavigate Australia in record speed; pony time helping with learning and relaxation.


Picking precious saffron stigma and restoring old boat

Busy saffron harvest has bees in a flop; maritime restoration a labour of love; yachtsman finds connection to land through farm work; scientists make most of extraordinary breeding season to study pelican population.


Fishing for success at world champs and finding hidden koalas

Trading trout for Arctic greyling as female fly fishers head to northern hemisphere for ladies world champs; citizen scientists discover hidden koala colony during covid bush ramble; the wild, but true story that has inspired a film exploring a chapter of Australia's early colonial history; making May mum's month, florist's plan to spread out the joy of busy day.


Dogs sniffing out weeds and falling in love with distilling

Conservation detection dogs helping out with hunt for weeds; discovering distilling leads couple to new career working with botanicals and barley; short film project sharing stories of people living with dementia; beekeeper shares buzz for raw honey.


An iconic pub re-opens its doors and a passion for sharing becomes a chain of seed libraries.

Australian-born sun bear Maly celebrates 14th birthday, Walking from Sydney to Darwin to raise addiction awareness, a seed library bringing a community together and an iconic pub re-opens its doors.


Swapping the emergency ward for an apple orchard and restoring a memory-filled bus

Reliving the 1980s through a double-decker bus restoration, music lessons from 1000km away, kids get up close with fresh produce and a couple swap the hospital for the orchard.


Pressing pretty petals for cakemakers and taking family life off grid

Growing edible flowers for chefs and cakemakers; family living off-grid in rainforest 'paradise'; bandicoot study aiming to better understand mysterious marsupial; fifty years of collecting Furphy water carts.


Making cheese using ancient methods and caring for 1800s rural homestead

Award-winning cheese maker using ancient methods; tree-change takes apartment-dweller back home to become custodian of 180-year-old country homestead; outback school's 'happy heart hub' helping boost student attendance; native fish hatchery growing threatened species Murray Cod and golden perch to restock rivers.


Teens getting a taste for shearing and timber turner working with ancient Huon pine

School teens getting a taste for shearing with training course to ease skills shortage; outback cricket match brings remote communities together; craftsman turning ancient timber into wooden treasures; demand growing for rare, historic cattle breed.


Revealing secrets of the deep and artist capturing quirky scenes of country life

Wildlife filmmaker's grand plan to reveal marine secrets; regional artist's drawings capture humour of country life; prisoners learning horticultural skills, planting seeds of hope for future; farmer's beloved paddock bomb.


Learning the ropes of cattle industry and making the switch from farming to flying

Next generation ringers learning skills of cattle trade; farmer swaps working the land for taking to the sky to pursue passion for flying; date farm in outback grazing country becomes popular tourist spot, pop-up garden project bringing post-lockdown joy for apartment dwellers.


Bringing back birds and drones helping wallaby conservation project

Decades of tree planting paying off with birds returning to rural landscape; thermal imaging drones aiding rare wallaby conservation project; farmer recruits guinea pigs to help munch through weeds; foraging for seaweed snacks on beach walks.


Next generation grain farmers milling wheat for flour and tapping into demand for local blooms

Next generation of family farmers milling wheat crop into high-end baking flour; business blooming for hobby flower grower amid demand for locally grown bunches; modern day treasure hunter helping to solve mysteries, unearth precious items; teaching free divers to relax to dive deeper, for longer


Robbing nests to save malleefowl and harvesting native grains

Farmers and conservationists team up to help save endangered malleefowl; harvest with a difference as Indigenous led project experiments with native grain crops; , call out for volunteers to assist with farm flood clean up; getting up close with 'Old Mate'- the much loved 2.3 metre saltwater crocodile family pet.