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Australia (3/4)

This is also part of this series: Tropic of Capricorn (4)

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 60 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2008
Available in French: No

The third leg of Simon Reeve's journey along the Tropic Of Capricorn begins in Western Australia near Ningaloo Reef, on the migration route of the mighty humpback whale. Western Australia is rich in natural resources, but this has not always been a blessing.

Heading east to beautiful Karijini National Park, Simon arrives in a region with a sinister history. Nearby Wittenoom Gorge was the location of Australia's biggest asbestos mine. Thousands have died after working at the mine, and the authorities, believing it is the worst asbestos-contaminated site in the world, are demolishing the nearby town.

Next, Simon hops aboard a three-carriage road-train which powers its way across the Outback to Newman, site of the world's largest open-cut mine, which sends millions of tons of ore to fuel China's booming economy. This is the last town before the unpopulated deserts of central Australia.

Simon's next stop is Alice Springs, a remote town in the Northern Territory, but also the world centre of Aboriginal art. Many Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory are in a desperate state, racked by violence, child abuse and poverty.

Onwards to Queensland, Simon arrives in cattle country. Simon heads East along the Tropic of Capricorn to stunning Heron Island, home to one of the world's pre-eminent marine research centres.