Ernie heads off track again

The West Australian - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - VANESSA WIL­LIAMS

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.

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