Join in for an Aussie history lesson with a twist!
In each episode of Australia ReDiscovered with Ricko - The Podcast, Ricko and "Dingo"Dave Darmody discuss the life, times and achievements of legendary early Australian Explorers.
But that's not all - they boys also regularly feature guests to chat about how we as 4WDers can get out to experience some of the same country that these brave and pioneering men and women experienced way back when.
So sit back, grab a coldie and a few snacks and settle in for a laid-back session with a couple of good mates who share a passion for the country and the stories of how it became the best in the world!
season 1 - episode 1
The life and times of the famous Captain Charles Sturt
Captain Charles Napier Sturt. He was a man that did things his way. While he was not an explorer in the traditional mold, no one can argue that his methods certainly got results.
In this, the very first episode in Season One of Australia ReDiscovered, The Podcast, Ricko & Dingo Dave talk about the life, times and achievements of Sturt - the unlikely explorer!
For more information on where you can go to explore Sturt's route through western NSW, head to www.reddustsnow.com.au
Special thanks on this episode go to Simon Bayliss from Red Dust Snow, and Ruth Sandow from the Sturt's Steps project.
season 1 - episode 2
Before his mysterious disappearance, Ludwig Liechhardt had achieved more than most
When it comes to early explorers of Australia, few had the credentials or sheer volume of knowledge that Ludwig Leichhardt had amassed. A life dedicated to learning was put to good use on his first, and as it turns out, only successful journey.
But Ludwig became far more famous for his second ill-fated journey - the one from which he never returned.
In this episode, Ricko is joined by great mate Dingo Dave and special guest Ron Moon as they discuss Leichhardt's life and the mystery of what become of this exploration legend.
Special thanks on this episode go to Ron Moon.
season 1 - episode 3
Edward John Eyre - an impressive self-made man!
Edward John Eyre was a simple man from very humble beginnings, but he was also a driven, disciplined man who made his own fortune, and used it to open up massive swathes of the country in a time when exploration was all still very raw and dangerous.
While the name Eyre is synonymous with many famous Australian landmarks, he spent a relatively short time time here - he also worked in England, New Zealand and in the Caribbean, where his choices impacted thousands of lives in Jamaica.
Special thanks on this episode go to Rob Borgheim.
season 1 - episode 4
John McDouall Stuart -
The Tenacious Scotsman
When you talk about men with a tenacious, serious can-do attitude and an absolute resolve to achieve what they set out to achieve, they don't come much more qualified than the Scotsman, John McDouall Stuart. Built like a jockey but tougher than a $2 steak, Stuart punished both his mind and body to be the first to cross the Australian continent without the loss of life. An epic man, with an epic tale, and we tell it all in this episode of Australia ReDiscovered with Ricko - The Podcast.
Special thanks on this episode go to Ben Carceller.
season 1 - episode 5
Edmund Kennedy - an unsung Australian Exploration hero
Edmund Kennedy may not be a household name like Liechhardt or Burke & Wills, but his tenacity, his drive and his ultimate achievements in the field of exploration put him up among the top explorers of the time. His premature demise robbed Australia of a bloke who undoubtedly would've played a much bigger part in the shaping of a nation. This is his story.