Outback woos city hearts
Re “Kicking up dust” (October 4-5): Birdsville’s resident population is the ultimate personification of the Australian ethos – self-reliance, perseverance and loyalty intertwined with irreverence for authority. All of these qualities have shaped and found their expression in the uniquely Australian sense of humour, which is as dry and brutally unforgiving as the Australian Outback itself. This is why I believe Birdsville holds a special place in the hearts of all Australians, no matter where they live in this great country of ours. Birdsville is the iconic manifestation of what speaks to the Australian soul.
M. Wouters, Maroochydore It is difficult to imagine a more brittle landscape than that on the edge of the Simpson Desert. It is great that your magazine is reporting on this area as it really is part of Australia’s pioneering heart and the people who inhabit it are tough, resilient and (pun intended), down to earth. The Birdsville Races is an opportunity for the city to experience part of the real bush. That is possibly the magnetism involved.
Claire Jolliffe, Buderim