Sharon Carlson came to Bendigo to study more than 20 years ago and never left. It’s that kind of place, she says.
With a population of 112,000, Bendigo is the third largest city in Victoria, offering many of the opportunities of Melbourne, without the hassles of traffic, commuting and overcrowding.
Like so many people in far north-western Australia, Barry Harrison comes from somewhere else. In his case it’s Melbourne, 5000km and light years removed from the brutal but beautiful place he now calls home – Karratha.
“Karratha is an amazing place – beautiful, harsh, dramatic – and while people always think of it as a mining town, there’s so much to do – you just have to get out and make your own fun,” says Barry.