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The development of inland Australia largely depends on the men who keep open the supply lines and communications - the outback mailmen. In an area larger than Europe, beyond the last roads and railways, their tracks make the map of the inland, become the roads of tomorrow and mark the growth of the nation. This is the story of one of those men and the people he serves...' Across the centre of Australia ran an ancient 300-mile track that, before the coming of white man, was used by Aboriginal people trading between north and south. Today it is called the Birdsville Track and joins Marree in South Australia to Birdsville in Queensland. Every fortnight a carrier called Kruse set out for Birdsville with supplies and mail for half a dozen cattle stations lying along the Track. The Back of Beyond follows Kruse on a typical trip and leaves him at various points along the route to tell stories associated with the areas through which he passes. Running time: 80 Minutes

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