Ernie Dingo’s new season whirls from the Wet Tropics to his Wheatbelt hometown of wildflowers

Television host Ernie Dingo.

Television host Ernie Dingo has spoken of a special trip home to the Western Australian Wheatbelt town of Mullewa with his late brother Buck, which features in the new season of his NITV travel series Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

Dingo said it was one of his brother’s last trips home to Mullewa, 450kms north of Perth, before he passed away about three months ago.

“I lost my brother and it’s a reminder of where we come from,” Dingo said.

“The original story was to take him home and have a bit of a giggle from his point of view and let people know we come from Mullewa.That’s why it’s special, he was a part of that story.”

“We would have liked for him to be a little more involved with the episode but he wasn’t feeling too good.”

Dingo grew up in Mullewa and his sister is a school teacher in the town. His brother was returned there after his death to be buried.

“It’s wildflower country and there’s nothing more pretty than being in that part of the world when the wildflowers are out,” Dingo said. “It’s home town mentality. That’s my home town and I’m proud of it.”

The episode is the finale to the new season of Going Places with Ernie Dingo which begins airing on NITV from September 2.

The series, which premiered in 2016, follows Dingo as he travels across Australia visiting stunning destinations and meeting traditional owners and locals who live in each region.

In the new 14-part series Dingo visits places including Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, the Wet Tropics in Far North Queensland, Kangaroo Island in South Australia and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) in North Territory.

  • Going Places with Ernie Dingo will air on NITV on Sundays at 7.30pm from September 2.

    Wendy Caccetta

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2 Comments on Ernie Dingo’s new season whirls from the Wet Tropics to his Wheatbelt hometown of wildflowers

  1. Many thanks to Ernie Dingo for his program and his gentle, fun style of presenting. I follow his career. As a Mingenew girl, I admire anyone who, as a Mullewa boy, “made it”. Coming from the Mullewa area, it was probably tough – some of the small towns in the West are often quite racist. I grew up in Mingenew, not too far away, a and know what that was like.

    Well done Ernie, you do yourself and your culture proud!

    Best wishes from Merlene Abbott (nee Winsor)

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