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Australia Introduction

| 19 Jan 2023
Last updated 19 Jan 2023

Rusty Compass is home - in Australia.

After three decades of non-stop international exploration, Rusty Compass has landed home in Australia. A global pandemic, and a major medical scare in 2020 were the initial triggers for the move. But now we've decided to put some proper time in on home turf.

For the past two years we've been exploring and we're in the early stages of our Rusty Compass Australia independent, cultural travel guides.

We now have an extensive list of things to do in Sydney - check it out here.  We also have a bunch of travel videos from across Australia with lots more in the pipeline in 2023.

I've been planning to do Rusty Compass in Australia for years. I've longed believed there is an opening for the Rusty Compass style and community. In 2023, I'm more convinced of that than ever.

Travellers are active again across the globe and 2023 promises to be a great year.

Australia is a spectacular place. Nature has been kind. Nature's gifts were well cared for by First Nations Peoples for 60,000 years. White man's record over the past 235 years, has been mediocre.

A new government in 2022 is reversing the worst excesses of a decade of climate denial and crimes against Australia's rich and diverse natural habitat. It's a long and tough road.

Australia's stories are compelling - from the extraordinary ancient Indigenous civilisation, to the brutality and dispossession of the founding of the British prison colony, to the transformation to a prosperous, diverse, liberal democracy. Many wounds remain unhealed and many of the officially propagated vices of the colonial arrival have proven hard to expunge from officialdom. The stories are as big as the land.

I've spent two years 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.

This guide is evolving in stages with an initial primary focus on Sydney.

Check out our independent travel guide to Sydney here.


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