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South West Australia

Episode 4 of 8

Series exploring Australia's coastline. Neil Oliver travels from Perth to Augusta, learning about a daring escape by six Irish prisoners.

Neil Oliver travels from Perth to Augusta. He begins in the rigging of the Duyfken, a replica 16th-century Dutch ship, the first known European vessel to visit Australia.

Professor Emma Johnston heads to Cockburn Sound to explore the world's first fully submerged, large-scale wave energy conversion project. Neil learns of the professional triumph and personal tragedy behind the construction of Fremantle Harbour. Dr Xanthe Mallett joins the Police Dive Squad off Dunsborough for an exercise in underwater body retrieval.

Neil retraces the steps of six Irish prisoners of conscience whose daring escape off Rockingham Beach nearly triggered a war with the United States. Tim Flannery travels to the vineyards of Margaret River to see if he can taste the maritime clime in its signature drop. Neil Oliver discovers the perfect coast vehicle to gad about in, while Alice Garner visits a small coastal chapel in Prevelly to explore its link to a wartime history of resistance on Crete.

Finally, Brendan Moar journeys to Augusta to expose the strength of a great pioneer and her legacy as a world-class botanical collector.

49 minutes

Last on

Wed 6 Sep 2017 14:55


Role Contributor
Presenter Neil Oliver
Presenter Emma Johnston
Presenter Xanthe Mallett
Presenter Tim Flannery
Presenter Alice Garner
Presenter Brendan Moar
Director Pria Viswalingam
Series Producer Elissa McKeand


  • Sun 19 Apr 2015 20:10
  • Thu 14 Apr 2016 15:55
  • Wed 6 Sep 2017 14:55



Take a fascinating journey around the coast of the United Kingdom.