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I n his 1966 book, The Tyranny of Distance, Geoffrey Blainey explains how Australia’s des- tiny has been shaped by its remoteness from Britain and Europe. The book’s name is now liberally applied to describe the vast distances between almost any- where in this colossal landmass. Heading “out west” from Brisbane the suburban sprawl and satellite towns peter out quite rapidly. Farming and other land management activities congregate around road intersections, and a rail track runs alongside the road for a while. The long-legged, stocky and well fleeced Merino sheep are the breed of choice here, with the larger sta- tions being dominated by beef cattle; Brangus and Charbray cross breeds. TRAVERSE 33