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Australia Introduction

| 02 Jan 2021
Last updated 02 Jan 2021

Rusty Compass is coming home - to Australia.

After three decades of almost non-stop travel, mainly in South East Asia, a global pandemic and a fairly major medical scare, have forced me to get to know my hometown of Sydney all over again. Sydney isn't a bad place to be stranded and I've been based at my place in the Inner West.

So you'll start to see posts about Sydney and Australia on Rusty Compass - something I'm very excited about. I'll start by looking at Sydney and Parramatta - the most easily explored places from where I am located.

I've been planning to do Rusty Compass in Australia for years. I've always believed there is an opening and I'm more convinced of that than ever.

Australia is a spectacular place. Nature has been kind. But man, or should I say white man, has a mediocre record as a custodian of nature's gifts here.

Australia's stories are compelling - from thousands of years of indigenous civilisation, to the brutality and dispossession of the founding of the British prison colony, to the transformation to a prosperous, diverse, liberal democracy.

I've spent 2020 thinking about Australia all over again - immersing myself in history as well as the many quirks of the modern nation. I've also spent a lot of time thinking about my own time and upbringing here in Sydney's West.

My decades abroad give me the privilege of viewing Australia as an outsider. That's something that will come in very handy as I expand Rusty Compass across the country. I hope to bring a unique view to this travel guide, as a somewhat estranged native returning home.


Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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