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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 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 cultural travel project.

We now have an extensive list of things to do in Sydney - check it out here.  We also have a bunch of travel videos about Australia.

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. Things are off to a great start. Australia's opened in early 2022 and soon after we got a shiny new government. In a messy world, things are on the improve in Australia!

Australia is a spectacular place. Nature has been kind. Man, or I say white man, has a mediocre record as a custodian of nature's gifts here. It's the opposite record to those who inhabited this vast continent for tens of thousands of years before the colonial invasion.

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.


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