Against the backdrop of the significant and sacred Carnarvon Gorge in Queensland, I yarn with Uncle Fred Conway, an Elder of the Bidgera people and Ranger at the Gorge. Fred talks about growing up on a mission, why he returned to the gorge and his hopes for a reconciled Australia.
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A lot of water, wind and 27 million years has carved out the dramatic monument of Carnarvon Gorge. Hundreds of metres below the tableland of its protective basalt cap, I’m in my element getting survival tips from local elder, Fred Conway. I could feel the previous day’s 23 kilometre hike pull in my thighs as I bent […]
Just in case any of you outside the mining boom bubble of Oz are fed up with the triple dip recession and your generation “whys” are all grown up but still living at home draining the life savings out of you, I thought I’d cheer you up with some big news over here in Oz. […]
I must’ve really settled into the land of the laid back. “It’ll be alright,” I said to Paul setting off on our weekend bike ride. “It won’t hit for a few hours”. What? A few years back, we would’ve been battoning down the hatches and sitting on the sofa with cushions taped to our […]
People traveled thousands of kilometres – and in some cases across the globe -into the desert wilderness of north-west Queensland to be part of the biggest Rodeo in the southern hemisphere. Mount Isa’s 20,000-strong population doubles over three action-packed days in August every year when over 600 riders compete for a $200,000 prize pool in bronc, steer wrestling and […]
I gulped hard in the nippy predawn darkness to overcome my nerves while desperately scanning the start line for another bike like mine. I was in the domain of club racing enthusiasts with corporate sponsored lycra and bikes which cost more than a car. This was no place for an arthritic on a flat bar bike. […]