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Ray Mears Goes Walkabout

All Episodes 2008

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  • Ended
  • BBC Two
  • 2008-05-25T03:00:00+03:00
  • 60 mins
  • 4 hours, 0 mins (4 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary
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In RAYS MEARS GOES WALKABOUT Ray Mears journeys through the wilderness of the Australian Outback to learn about the people, the wildlife and the culture of this extraordinary land. He is joined by Australian survival experts who enrich his journey and deepen Ray's understanding of the bushcraft of this incredible continent. These are journeys that encompass many of the themes of Rays world discovery, the natural world, indigenous culture, adventure and survival. Above all, they represent something very close to Rays heart the most important thing we can learn when travelling is to be open to new ideas, new ways of doing things, new experiences. For Ray, this is the only way to promote understanding and learning. His voyage into the wilds of Australia encompasses so many different natural habitats, with a rich indigenous culture and many tales of exploration and survival, as well all his trademark survival knowledge and wilderness tips.
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13 episodes

1x01 Desert

  • Series Premiere

    2008-05-25T02:00:00+03:00 — 60 mins

Ray Mears is in desert survival mode as he follows in the footsteps of an unsung hero of Australian exploration to find out how John McDouall Stuart became the first European to succeed in crossing this continent from South to North and back again. Ray shows how to wring water from these barren lands and how travelling light is the key to success on such an epic journey.

1x02 The Bushtucker Man

  • 2008-06-01T02:00:00+03:00 — 60 mins

Ray Mears takes a journey across Queensland with Les Hiddins, the bushtucker man. They both share a love of the wilderness and have learnt much of what they know from indigenous people. Each of them has already left his mark on the world of bushcraft, now they get to work together for the first time ever.

1x03 Torres Strait

  • 2008-06-08T02:00:00+03:00 — 60 mins

Ray Mears travels to the Torres Strait Islands to learn how the islanders' lifestyle has helped them retain much of their bushcraft and knowledge. He finds out how these skills helped people survive during the Second World War and tells the story of Barbara Thompson, a young woman who was shipwrecked in the mid-19th century and survived despite the islands' reputation for cannibalism at the time.

1x04 Rock Art

  • 2008-06-15T02:00:00+03:00 — 60 mins

Rock art is incredibly important to the Australian Aboriginal way of life and the Kimberley area of North Western Australia is full of it. Ray travels with an Aboriginal artist to learn more about the significance of the art of the area and even has a go at painting in the aboriginal style himself.

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