Three weeks to see the outback and understand about Australians? I hired a car in Darwin and drove to Alice and stayed at an Aboriginal art centre and visited historical sites. It was four days WWOOFing on a mango farm that really taught me about outback living: clearing dead branches and leaves from mango trees in boiling temperatures will do that. So does a cold beer and fresh mud crab eaten as its shell is broken. It was hard work but helped me understand the outback Occer and the harshness of outback life.

Philippa Drayton

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