Croc lines, sheep lines, cattle lines, cyclone lines, footy lines, even imaginary beer lines. Australia is an immense country spanning many climate zones and differing tastes.
As we sail blissfully along miles of straight highways from north to south, we often notice that grazing land suddenly turns from beef cattle to sheep then much further south back to cattle but this time dairying in green pastures.
While planning trips to tropical north Queensland I’ve found maps of where crocodiles are found. This is important as a southerner must be croc aware in northern climes. Those pre historic creatures didn’t survive this long by being cute and shy.
Recently we were in Northern Victoria when I noticed a mention of the Barassi Line. Not knowing what this was I assumed that it must have had something to do with football as Ron Barassi is one of the finest Australian Rules footballers ever to have pulled on the boots. Sure enough it is the dividing line across the country. Those west of the line play Australian Rules Football and to the east? Well Rugby League and Rugby Union dominate the fields.
In South Australia Goyder’s Line is mentioned along the highways. This is the line drawn by surveyor George Goyder in the 1860’s to mark reliable rainfall and thus where viable crops could be grown as opposed to grazing land.
When traversing the country one often crosses the Dingo Fence.
But possibly the most important line across any state is the invisible line that horizontally crosses Tasmania at roughly its midpoint. The importance of this line is that it is the demarcation line between Hobart’s Cascade beer drinkers in the south and Launceston’s Boag’s drinkers in the north.
Sites used to reference this article:
SA’s Goyder Line: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/