Over three action-packed acts, from the great Mountain Challenge, to the cattle muster, to the Australian travelling circus, to the working dog race, to the campdraft, High Country Legends interweaves stories inspired by the exploits of Australia's early mountain cattlemen and their families.
Fire-leaping horses. Image courtesy Australian Outback Spectacular.
Many, many segments of the show are breathtaking. My favourite was that featuring the mountain brumby, conjured to whimsical life; while the legend of the haunted road to Omeo (a notorious stretch of road which reputedly claimed a stage coach carrying four passengers 150 years ago) came a close second.
Another vignette features the poet Banjo Patterson's classic Clancy of the Overflow. Levity and laughter is also provided in the form of high country characters such as the hapless Bluey, the mischievous red dog, tug-of-war loving border collie and delightfully playful donkey. A sense of patriotism is unleashed via other show inclusions, including Christine Anu's The Dreaming, an outback flyover, the chorus of coo-ees during the hat race and a grand finale featuring I still call Australia home. Put it this way: I was far from the only person waving my souvenir straw hat as the show moved towards its stirring conclusion.
Harnessing fire. Image courtesy Australian Outback Spectacular.
I haven't yet mentioned the food, which is seamlessly delivered in three courses as the show proceeds. First, pumpkin soup, followed by eye fillet steak seasoned with Kakadu plum sauce and served with garden vegetables, and with baked apple pie to finish (though if you have special dietary needs, staff can cater to these also). Production notes state that up to 1000 meals are produced every night and delivered in less than eight minutes - a feat almost as impressive as the show itself.
Tug of war. Image courtesy Australian Outback Spectacular.