While known throughout the land down under as the producer of Mobil synthetic engine oil and Mobil fully-synthetic oil, ExxonMobil is a corporation that cares about Australia’s local communities and economy as well. Although ExxonMobil is a large corporation with a presence all over the world, it still makes great efforts to become a part of small-town life in Australia. For example, ExxonMobil has been running one of the largest, most successful refineries in Australia for more than 60 years. The Altona Refinery in Victoria has become one of the most significant industrial facilities on the entire continent.
The Altona Refinery opened in Victoria in 1949, and in 2009, the company celebrated its 60th anniversary at the site. As a significant job provider and booster to the local economy, the Altona Refinery is one of the most important industrial facilities in Victoria and dare we say, in all of Australia. It provides half of Victoria’s fuel needs, so it is an extremely important factor in the local economy… read more
Bourke is a must-visit on your Outback adventure as it was once the world’s largest wool-trading centre. The Carriers Arms in Bourke was once a Cobb & Co inn and a temporary home to our legendary poets Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson. Outback towns are the life-blood of the Outback. They form the heart of Outback communities and their…..
The Outback is our ultimate mystery. It’s a massive place where the immense distances, raw nature and vast emptiness of our land are most impressive, yet you won’t find it marked on any map!
A place stretched so far across endless tracts of the oldest, driest and flattest country in the world that you can see the curvature of the earth from its dead straight roads, where the silence can be deafening and yet is a doorstep to World Heritage wonder, and runs rich with water – if you know where to look.
The Outback is as much an idea as a place. When we say ‘Outback’ we mean all of it; the land, the sky, the stars, the pubs, the tough early settlers and their descendants who run cattle, sheep, camels, emus and other industries in the middle of this Great Southern Land. The early passion, determination, mateship and vision of this breed of pioneering Australians have become a legendary part of the national identity.
The Outback has a remarkable history too, rich with tales of bushrangers, hero pioneers, goldrushes, farmers, eccentrics, Aboriginal myths and tribal history - even famous dogs and camel drivers. This is where doctors arrive by air and children ‘travel’ to class by radio, satellite TV and the internet. It’s where people have learnt to respect the forces of nature; heat, cold, crocodiles and loneliness, and carve a life out of them too.