Originally Posted by DNFJ
Maybe it's because you aren't culturally aware, or just don't educate yourself, but Overlanding has been popular in Australia since like 1910.
So please tell me more about how it's just a hipster re-title.
... wiki waffle ...
Looks like it was written by someone outside Australia.
Reminds me of that "Australian Shepherd" dog that some of you fellas own ... that isnt even an australian breed.
Yes we had "overlanders" ... and well before 1910.
They were the equivalent of your texas trailhands - on an epic traildrive, moving stock to somewhere - over huge
Nat Buchanan, Pat Durack, and a few other names spring to mind .... altho even they - are more commonly referred to by most folk as "drovers" and explorers - rather than "overlanders".
Yes we have a train called the Overland ... Its a cutesy name and invokes images and memories of bygone times ... Just as the "Ghan" is named for all the Afghan cameleers who provided transportation of stuff around the place in the early days.
Len Beadell an overlander ?? hardly ... but a bonzer bloke and able surveyor, employed to poke around the inland, putting in roads in lonely and remote locations.
Only foriegners think we "overland" these days .. ohhh and maybe our younguns with their heads buried in other countries internet forums ..
We might go "touring" and "do a trip around the block" (i.e. circumnavigate the country) ... or maybe take a coupla weeks and go fishing up the Cape - or do a run down the Strzelecki Track ... but theres not many of us driving mobs of cattle, cross country for thousands of miles, these days, to earn the title - "Overlander" ..
Sheesh - even the Camel Trophy wasnt "overlanding" ...
It was just .................. cigarette advertising ..
"Overlanding" = "hipster- d-bag" retitle of holiday and travel activities that people have enjoyed for decades.
Dont worry about what popular and trendy name its currently called ... Just get out there and do it.