The Outback Way Podcast

A journey through the heart of Australia

The Outback Way is Australia's longest shortcut spanning 2700km from Winton in western Queensland to Laverton in Western Australia. The Outback Way Podcast is your travel guide, history book and documentary series about the people, places and purpose of this great Australian roadtrip. There's truly something for everybody on The Outback Way: dinosaurs, art, treasure hunting, heritage and culture, all set against the backdrop of stunning natural landscapes. You'll learn what you need to prepare to have a safe trip, discover the events and attractions in the towns along the road, and hear the stories of locals and visitors alike. Buckle up as we take you on Australia's longest shortcut, a journey through the heart of Australia.

Helen speaks with Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Michael McCormack about his background and the life experiences that influenced his step into politics, as well as why he is so passionate about regional Australia. Recorded after the 2018 AGM in Alice Springs of the Outback Highway Development Council, the conversation also covers the importance of better connectivity (of road, rail and telecommunications) for delivering services and support to regional communities.


Next, Helen speaks with Chair of the Outback Highway Development Council, Patrick Hill about the work that has been done in 2018 and the future works people can expect to see in 2019. They cover the sections of the road that have been sealed so far, and what’s left to do in sealing the entire Outback Way.


Finally, Helen touches on the calendar of events for the first half of 2019 at locations along the Outback Way, for all of you planning your trip for 2019 over the Christmas holidays and into January. There is enormous amounts of fun to be had throughout the year across several states so no matter what part of the Outback Way your trip covers, there will be something for you to see and do.


You can find all notes and links on our website, www.outbackway.org.au where you can subscribe to our newsletter, buy our guidebook and download the app if you haven't already. Join us on Facebook and Twitter @OutbackWay1


Send your questions, comments and travel stories to info@outbackway.org.au and if you share your story, we may even feature you on this podcast! Thank you for joining us through the heart of Australia, on Australia's longest short cut.


Helen speaks to Tim Casey, the owner of Casey Australia Tours, based in Perth. The Casey family has been bumping around outback roads behind the wheel of a bus for decades now, starting with Tim’s father and a combi van tour in 1973. Tim shares how the combi van gradually turned into 4 coaster buses and then coaches. Tours have always and continue to be a great option for folks who want to travel in these areas but don’t have the confidence or the equipment to do it on their own.


Now, as well as normal road coaches that do wildflower tours and long distance motel tours, Casey Australia Tours have two 4WD trucks with 28 seater coach pods and specialised camp trailers. This allows them to run tours all over outback and remote Australia: from Perth to the Kimberleys, the Savannah Way, Cape York, the Birdsville Track and of course the Outback Way. Tim tells Helen about the range of all inclusive tours on offer, what people need to bring and some of the options available for zig-zagging across Australia!


Find out more at caseytours.com.au or call the Perth office on 1800 999 677.


You can find all notes and links on our website, www.outbackway.org.au where you can subscribe to our newsletter, buy our guidebook and download the app if you haven't already. Join us on Facebook and Twitter @OutbackWay1


Send your questions, comments and travel stories to info@outbackway.org.au and if you share your story, we may even feature you on this podcast! Thank you for joining us through the heart of Australia, on Australia's longest short cut.


Helen speaks with Graham Reid, the owner operator of Travel West, a professional tour operator and licensed Travel Agent. Graham and his wife Deb also run the Charleville Bush Caravan Park. Graham tells Helen a bit about his background and how he ended up in the tourism industry in Australia.


Helen and Graham then discuss the Tagalong Tours that Travel West operate in the Simpson Desert, around Birdsville and also a new tour across the Outback Way and up into northern WA. Graham also shares his tips for getting your vehicle prepared to travel, how to ‘tagalong’ and also the top 10 things to take with you on the Outback Way or any bush trip.


Find out more about Graham’s tours at travelwest.com.au or ask him yourself when you stop in at Charleville Bush Caravan Park!


You can find all notes and links on our website, www.outbackway.org.au where you can subscribe to our newsletter, buy our guidebook and download the app if you haven't already. Join us on Facebook and Twitter @OutbackWay1


Send your questions, comments and travel stories to info@outbackway.org.au and if you share your story, we may even feature you on this podcast! Thank you for joining us through the heart of Australia, on Australia's longest short cut.


This episode John Gaynor from Central Desert Regional Council discusses the Plenty Highway Tourism Masterplan which is being finalised. The untapped potential for tourism development is discussed from Gem Tree-NT to Boulia-Qld.... from pastoral heritage, dinosaurs, gems fossicking, 4WD tracks, communities, artwork, the landscape and the need for accommodation. We look at what could be developed and the bright future the sealing of the Outback Way enables.

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A good discussion with Peter Homan CEO Outback Qld Tourism- about the value of going into Visitor Information Centres to get the local tips and tricks about the local area- which google doesn't have. Join the Outback Mates passport programme and get great deals throughout Outback Qld. We chat about 2 new experiences on offer, that are well worth while... at Charleville and Julia Creek... By visiting the Outback in dry times you make a significant contribution to local economies, with the the growing number of agri-tourism / farm stays- you can make a difference to farmers too.

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