ABC Classic FM weekend Breakfast

Russell Torrance and family #classicroadtrip

This story starts with a dog. That’s her in the picture. She’s tiny, isn’t she? She’s called Wolfy and – well – we think she’s a Chihuahua mixed with something else. Could be anything. She’s about 9 years old and is the sweetest, most eccentric little thing you’ll meet.

My wife Lauren came up to Darwin with work a couple of months ago and brought Wolfy with her on the plane. We don’t think Wolfy enjoyed the trip. In fact we took one look at her and decided that that would be her last time travelling by air.

So it’s time to get back to Sydney. Which means – a road trip! Not any old road trip either. We’ve had this idea that I’ll do my breakfast show on ABC Classic FM from different places along the way. A…. let me think for a minute…. Classic Road Trip!

We’ve just figured out the route – Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy, Port Pirie, Clare Valley, Horsham, Bowral and then Sydney.

Do you live along the way? If so, we hope to see you! (You can send me a message below.) If not, you’re coming along anyway – I’ll bringing you plenty of photos, videos and thoughts over the next few weeks. Get packing!

42 Comments on “ABC Classic FM weekend Breakfast

  1. Hi Russell
    Along the way please find some lovely didgeridoo and stick music (clap stick?) for us ….wonderful with a symphony orchestra (although this might be difficult).
    Enjoy your journey. Best wishes.
    Darryl
    Epping NSW

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  2. Hi Russell and Lauren! Wolfy looks like a chihuahua/fox terrier cross. We had a little bloke that looked just like her who lived a full 14 years … not a bad innings for a highly strung, and yes, eccentric, little dog. Yes, they certainly pack a punch for their size and are great little personalities. She will enjoy the trip with you both … as will we all. May God be with you as you travel this Great Brown Land! A real adventure for a Scot, eh!

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  3. Enjoy the trip, so many wonderful outback experiences to enjoy. Sad you’re missing Coffs Harbour, but will enjoy the blogs on your way. Any time I’ve worked away from home I’ve found a local town band and just loved the opportunities that music brings. I’m sure you, Lauren and Wolfy will have a fantastic time. Safe travel.

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    • I know! Coffs looks lovely. We’ve got friends there but have never been. Hope to come soon

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    • Love this song by Eric Bogle but don’t think it would fit ABCFM!! You never know though with Russel?!

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  4. Hi Russell and Lauren: Have a fantastic time. As the scenery changes slowly, maybe some Philip Glass would make a very effective soundtrack. Enjoy the country and one another’s company.

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  5. I’m looking forward to enjoying your journey from a distance. Wish you had a bit of time to visit Four Winds near the trip’s finale.

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  6. How about the occasional bit if Elgar along the way? Enjoying the experience of sharing the trip with the three of you (bit still a wee bit disappointed we won’t see you in Queensland on this occassy). safe travels.

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  7. Hi Russell Lauren and Wolfy, you are certainly a most interesting character, good on you for delivering our favourite radio show combined with a road trip! We have just returned to Gippsland after a trip to the field of lights at Uluru, fossicking at the gumtree caravan park ( north of Alice springs) and Darwin, returning through the gem fields of Qld. We recommend Eric Satie, for the reflective hours, Dvorak, for the Slavonic dance moments and tommy Emmanuel initiation , enjoy every moment , Russell we would love you to come to Gippsland for a broadcast sometime?? Trevor and kathy coongulla

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    • Hi Ian I just announced we’re doing a broadcast from Sir Donald Bradman’s childhood home on 16 Sept. Check out the Bowral page for more info

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      • Hi Russel, I guess you had to be in the know about the tickets, they have already gone. I am guessing you announced it this morning… I’ll have to wait and see if if we make the wait list.
        Still drive safely and have a good trip.

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  8. hi russell , iauren &wolfy ,its bertie here ,i am a border collie living in sorrento vic. and i hope you are being let out regularly on the trip for a stretch and a sniff as my owners olivia & martin always do for me , bye

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    • Hi Bertie it’s Wolfy. I am having lots of time in beautiful open air to stretch my little legs. Thanks x

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  9. Hi Russell and Lauren,
    I am enjoying reading your blog and sharing your roads trip with you and look forward to hearing more of your adventures on Classic Breakfast too.

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    • Thanks Anne glad you’re enjoying it! And let us know if you have any ideas about what we should do.

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  10. Hi Russell, Lauren and Wolfy,

    Enjoying the blog from your ‘Road Trip’ and listening to your comments on radio. Have a safe and pleasant drive from Alice to Adelaide.

    I’m in Bowral, so looking forward to your visit here. Tulip Time will be in full swing so hope get a chance to check out the happenings there during your time here.

    Cheers

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  11. When you get to Coober Pedy, be sure to visit the underground churches, especially the Serbian Orthodox Church. It’s quite stunning. You may have to arrange for somebody to let you in. The Catholic church in the main street is usually open during the day.

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  12. G’day Russell, Lauren and Wolfy,
    Well done on such a good working holiday idea!

    It’s our weekend away renovating an old place just out of Sevenhill so we hope to pop in and say hi. Sshh, don’t tell your management but Dorham and Emma at the Little Red Grape also have a cellar door for smaller wineries so you might get tipple in.

    Safe travels,
    David and Heather

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  13. Hi Russel
    I’m afraid I would not have been much help in advising you about your road trip. In 1964 after I had arrived as a Migrant from Europe travelling all over land from there to Singapore and then flying into Darwin. There I worked for about 6 month with the RAAF and then drove with a Polish Migrant in his car to Sydney. It took us a week of very long days of driving over very lonely, rough roads full of dreaded corrugation and bulldust. The the only sealed roads were a few hundred metres through towns and small settlements like Tennant Creek, Daily Waters, Bunka Bunka Station, etc, etc. The first traffic light I saw in Australia was when we got to Brisbane and at the Gold Coast the tallest buildings had about 4 stories. Also, a memory I will never forget was the rubbish on the side of the road from Darwin to to Brisbane, broken bottles,cans, car wrecks,tyres and dead animals covering the road margins all the way. I am sure your trip is much more civilised. Enjoy it.
    With best wishes to all of you
    Rolf

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  14. Hi Russell and Lauren,
    Great blog. We did a similar trip in 2014 and loved every moment of it. Hope Wolfy appreciates the scenery. Love your weekend breakfasts, so easy and relaxing. I know you like suggestions for the slot after the 8am news so, and I guarantee this will push the boundaries, how about some ‘cheesy’ bag pipe music. Or does the ABC have a ‘no play bagpipes’ policy? Keep up the good work

    Sue, Port Macquarie

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    • Hahaha Sue I’ll see if I can dust off the ABC’s bagpipe records for you. Might stick with the tuba for now!

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  15. 17 years in Mount Isa, spread over 30, makes me fond of the outback. Your safari is delightful as it involves the bush in ABC Classic FM’s activities in the best possible way. Safe travelling.

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  16. Bertie here again Wolfy I’m worried. Are you there yet are you there yet are you there yet.?

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  17. The journey has been fun. Our daughter is a remote nurse and she loves the centre of Australia. Thanks for sharing with us. Loved the choir. Can imagine the difficulties in getting everyone together. I am an avid ABC classic listener so again thanks

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  18. You’re stories and pictures are taking me back to our family holiday in 2009 – but reverse to you. Thanks for the memories to a different soundtrack this time! What a country we are so lucky to live in. A bit of Dr G Yunupingu on the way will stir your heart.

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  19. Russell when you get to Bowral forget about dead cricketers, try to locate living compose Grant Foster.

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  20. Hi Russel, thinking of popping into Bendigo (and combine it with a little bit of flying). How long are you going to be in Bendigo for?

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  21. Hi Russell & Lauren,
    I wondered if you had a chance, before leaving the N.T. to take up my suggestion to visit the Yellow Waters on the dawn tour (or any other tour)?
    Another place I should have mentioned, although I think you went a different route, was Bitter Springs, near Mataranka. Magical.
    Cheers,
    Denise

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    • Hi Denise yes I took you up on that suggestion. I was actually there at sunset, absolutely stunning isn’t it?

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      • So glad you could take the time. It is something one could never forget. Sunset is probably as magical as dawn.

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  22. Really enjoying the road trip. At Gundagai you are close to Coolac, Home 🏡 Of the Coolac Festival of Fun and the Bald Archy Prize, parody of the Archibalds, founded by Peter Batey, co-inventor of Dame Edna with Barry Humphries. Peter lives in the Coolac school house just off the Hume. Wonderful character. Our boys send best wishes to Wolfy. They travelled from their former home in Brisbane to live in Hastings Vic, so appreciate big journeys. Looking forward to the Bowral show.

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    • Hi Fran yeah we saw the sign thanks! All steam ahead for Bowral though – just arrived!

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  23. Love this road trip. You’re a great storyteller Russell. Images and videos are terrific! thank you

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  24. Thanks to you and your loved ones for sharing this journey with us. It’s made me see the places afresh as well as taught me lots I didn’t know about my adopted country.

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