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Freeman and Mailman go bush
By Erin McWhirter, TV Writer
NATIONAL, Jan 19, 2005: It takes a lot to make Olympic gold medallist Catherine Freeman cry.
Throughout her life the sports star has been through the devastation of losing big races and other personal dramas, but she rarely cries.
However, a recent road trip with actress and pal Deborah Mailman changed all that.
In an instant, the city slickers who spent seven weeks travelling from Broome to Arnhem Land, were reduced to tears as they discovered how proud they were to be Aboriginal.
In an overpowering rush of emotion, the pair felt honoured to have learnt more about their heritage and culture, that until recently they knew little about.
"The most touching moment by far was meeting the women in Marparu," says Freeman, looking to the ceiling as if reliving the touching experience again in her mind.
"That is where I found it really hard to say goodbye. I don't like crying and don't cry easily in front of anyone, but with these women I was out of control of my emotions, which is something I am not used to."
Mailman says that part of their outback adventure was the same for her and something she will treasure forever.
That enduring memory is one of many the pair shared together when they teamed up to film a documentary of self-discovery.
In chronicling the journey of these two self-confessed city girls, Going Bush is a tantalising ride that captures the tourist experience of outback Indigenous Australia through Freeman's and Mailman's eyes.
There are countless tears, deadly crocodiles and enriching traditional Aboriginal ceremonies the pair encounter along the way, but the most prized thing they took away from the trip was their newfound friendship.
The pair giggle and share jokes as they candidly talk about their life-changing adventure through the dry terrain at the top end of Australia.
Their banter is something that only friends possess and it's obvious they have formed a strong bond.
"There is no question about it, doing this with Cath is something that we are really blessed to have done together," says Mailman, smiling at Freeman, who adds: "This journey is something we are going to tell our grandchildren about. There is only one Deborah Mailman and only one Catherine Freeman and one Going Bush project. It is going to be something we can look back on proudly and celebrate with."
Freeman lets out a hearty laugh as she reminisces about saddling up on an old tin barrell ready for rodeo riding practice.
The tin bull, strung up off the ground between two trees, is rocked by the local children of Halls Creek while the sporting legend attempts not to fall off.
"I wanted to get on a real bull didn't I?" says Freeman seriously looking at Mailman who nods in agreeance.
"Can you imagine it though? But I would have loved it."
Mailman laughs, then gives her opinion on Freeman's never-say-die attitude.
"I figured out very quickly that Cath is fearless and she is all adventure. She dives into anything that is challenging and has risk to it. I, on the other hand, are the complete opposite. There was no way I was getting on the tin bull. With the kids making it swing I would have fallen off!"
During their time on the road the pair faced many personal obstacles.
Mailman recalls one of hers - swimming in crocodile-infested waters.
While a ceremony to keep Mailman and Freeman safe from the dangerous reptiles was carried out before they ventured into the swimming hole, the fear in Mailman's eyes says it all.
"I was freaked out," says Mailman, her eyes wide.
"There was a logic in me that knew I was safe, but there was still the unpredictability of the environment and those creatures. You just aren't guaranteed anything. I was shifting between feeling safe and not feeling safe while in that water. I was terrified."
Freeman quips: "I was trying to tell her it wasn't that huge. We had seen the outline on the sand of where it was before it went into the water so I was kidding no one! It could have taken our heads off in one fell swoop."
Going Bush premieres on SBS next week on February 1.
Mailman and Freeman say they are hopeful their priceless trip will inspire others to tour Australia.
"For me there was a dawning of realisation that I want to come back every year to those parts," Freeman says.
"I want to go back, be involved and bring my children and grandchildren back. That in itself says a lot about what I have experienced and I hope after others watch it they do the same."
There are already plans for the celebrity mates to embark on another expedition together and the thrill seekers can't wait.
"We better be involved if they do another one!" Mailman warns.
"At the moment there is a lot of sizzle, but no steak," jokes Freeman adding, "I think it's all just about the when and the how, but we will be there, guaranteed."
*Lonely Planet's Going Bush: Adventures Across Indigenous Australia is now available through all good book stores. - AAP