Ernie heads off track again
Not many people can say they’ve seen it all when it comes to exploring the natural wonders of Australia but Ernie Dingo is a rare exception.
For the past three years, Dingo has played the role of intrepid adventurer while filming his charming SBS travel series, Going Places With Ernie Dingo, often venturing off the beaten track to uncover the many hidden gems scattered across the country.
Back for season three — starting today — the 62-year-old is set to discover even more fascinating locations in our own backyard.
But he says one of the most enjoyable aspects of the series is the colourful characters he gets to meet
along the way, which this season include a steam train driver, a former iron woman, a dinosaur enthusiast and a passionate snow groomer.
“I enjoy meeting people and this is a good platform to do so,” Dingo says.
“There are so many wonderful places to go and see but on top of that, these are the people that live and work in these areas so it’s nice to be able to enjoy their locations and enjoy seeing what they do. It’s a lot of fun for me, I really do enjoy it. Everybody has a wonderful story to tell.”
There are two WA pit stops on Dingo’s itinerary this season — the stunning Horizontal Falls in the Kimberley and popular North West tourist town of Broome.
Other locations include NSW’s powdery Charlotte Pass ski fields, the undulating Grampians mountain ranges in Victoria, the stunning scenery of Bruny Island in Tasmania and the Gold Coast hinterland in south-east Queensland.
But does he have any favourites? “I don’t have favourites,” he says. “The most important thing . . . is just going to these wonderful places and being able to enjoy the work being there.”
Going Places With Ernie Dingo airs today at 7.30pm on SBS.
Going Places With Ernie Dingo returns for season three today.