Back Roads

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Back Roads

Heather Ewart visits the preserved gold rush town of Clunes, in the Victorian Central Goldfields. Its golden days might be long gone, but a wave of newcomers is putting its untouched 19th century main street back on the map.

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Season 5
29:00
Guest presenter Joe O'Brien leaves the ABC newsroom for the wilds of Wynyard in north west Tasmania.
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Heather Ewart catches a ride to the Bulloo Shire in south-west Queensland, a community that thrives despite its isolation.
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Heather Ewart discovers a very different type of community on the roof of Australia as she visits the peaks of Victoria and New South Wales' snow country.
Season 8
30:00
Heather Ewart visits the Riverina town of Leeton in NSW, where the community champions the cause of welcoming and supporting multicultural migrants and refugees.
Season 5
29:00
Heather Ewart visits one of the flattest places on earth, the dusty Hay Plains. Home to a fascinating bunch with a dry sense of humour, the town hosts the Hay Rodeo and Rainbow on the Plains - the Hay Mardi Gras.
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News Breakfast co-host Lisa Millar traces the footsteps of her Prussian ancestors who migrated to SA in the mid-1800s, discovering a town rich in film history and a spectacularly coloured yellow-footed rock wallaby.
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Fish Creek is a whimsical town straight from a storybook, home to children's book authors and illustrators, world-renowned botanical artists, musicians and sculptors. It is near the southernmost tip of Australia's mainland.
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280kms from Perth, Kulin is home to less than 400 people. From the 'Tin Horse Highway' - horse-shaped sculptures made out of 44 gallon drums to a giant waterslide, the quirky town is known for its generosity of spirit.
Season 8
29:00
Back Roads host Heather Ewart takes an adventurous trip through Longford in Tasmania to find out if keeping an old world alive can still offer some surprises.
29:00
Guest presenter Kristy O'Brien heads to the outback town of Charleville in south-west Queensland, where she discovers a place that offers second chances and a community that always finds the silver linings.
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Heather Ewart sets course for Port Campbell on Victoria's Shipwreck Coast, known for its wild weather and dangerous seas.
Season 9
28:00
Heather Ewart heads to Tasmania with two intrepid line dancers who are on a boot scootin' line dancing tour of the nation holding 'Hoedowns for country towns', lifting spirits and raising money to help others, along the way.
Season 8
29:00
In South Australia, guest presenter Paul West goes on a wild ride along the Eyre Peninsula's rugged west coast, finding a place with an untamed spirit and a fierce self-reliance.
Season 9
28:00
Back Roads is heading to Western Australia's vast wheatbelt region, to the little town of Darkan. Deep in the golden plains of sheep country, Heather Ewart discovers how a very small community saved itself from extinction.
Season 8
29:00
Heather Ewart finds there are many surprises in the tiny town of Boulia on the edge of the Simpson Desert about 1700km from Brisbane.
Season 9
28:00
Back Roads visits Cunnamulla in south-west Queensland with guest presenter, 24-year-old Yorta Yorta man and TikTok star Tom Forrest aka 'Outback Tom'. He finds a town transforming itself from a dark past to a brighter future.
28:00
Heather visits the sleepy Victorian mountainside town of Walhalla, on the historic Goldfields Railway. Frozen in time, with movie-set looks, a cricket pitch that defies logic, and nearby creatures straight from the Dreamtime.
29:00
Back Roads continues the journey on the challenging Strzelecki Track, heading up to Innamincka in the top corner of South Australia. Heather Ewart finds out what it takes to survive a job on this remote and historic track.
Season 8
30:00
Guest presenter Joe O'Brien taps into his inner Bear Grylls in this Back Roads adventure to Cradle Mountain in the wilds of the Tasmanian Highlands.
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