Australia Through the National Geographic Lens. Photographs by Sam Abell.
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Offbeat humor pervades the outback, where many conveniences must be built by hand. Jackaroos [Australian for “cowboys”] at Drysdale River Station joke that they have to keep the telephone in the fridge so that it doesn’t melt.

Phones replaced static-filled radio chat sessions in the Kimberley only about 20 years ago. NEXT >>

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Text excerpted from Australia: Journey Through a Timeless Land