Burke's Backyard

Burke's Backyard was an Australian gardening and lifestyle programme presented by horticulturist Don Burke, broadcast on both radio and television. On television, it was a regular weekly series on the Nine Network from 12 September 1987 to 26 November 2004.

Burke's Backyard
Created byDon Burke
Presented byDon Burke
StarringTeam Members (1987–2004)
Scott Cam
Tara Dennis
Geoff Jansz
Rebecca Harris
Team Members (2007)
Scott Cam
Giaan Rooney
Paul Clitheroe
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons18
No. of episodes713[1]
Running time60 minutes (including commercials)
Original networkNine Network
Picture format4.3 PAL (1987-2000)
16.9 576i (SDTV) (2001-2004)
Audio formatStereo
Original release12 September 1987 
26 November 2004
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The program began on the Sydney AM radio station 2UE on Saturday and Sunday mornings before being picked up by the Nine Network in late 1987. Channel 9 broadcast the show on Friday evenings for the next 17 years. It is currently being broadcast on radio by 2UE and syndicated stations on Saturday and Sunday mornings. A magazine of the same name as the television program was published as a merchandising tie-in by Australian Consolidated Press. Don Burke went on to join Jamie Durie in creating the television show Backyard Blitz.


The show is hosted by Don Burke but also includes other presenters. The cooking segment was presented by Geoff Jansz, who also hosted the Channel Nine cooking show Fresh. Tara Dennis coordinated the fabrics and design section, while Rebecca Harris coordinated the pet section as she also did in her own Nine series Animal Hospital. Harris sometimes appeared also on the design and fabric segments. Scott Cam assisted Don as the building, gardening and design expert for more than half the program's duration. Other cast members include The Great Outdoors reporter Ernie Dingo, Jackie French, Elise Pascoe and Rosemary Stanton.

For the 2007 television specials, Don Burke was assisted mainly by Scott Cam. Former Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Giaan Rooney also joined the cast for the specials, giving environmental tips, while financial expert Paul Clitheroe presented the financial section.

Theme song

The theme to Burke's Backyard is a modified version of the Bullamakanka's[2] version of "Give Me A Home Among The Gumtrees" (Bob Brown; Walter Johnson Jr.) The chorus is as follows:

Give me a home among the gum trees, with lots of plum trees, A dog or two and a barbecue, flowers down the side, And veggies by the fence, all in Burke's Backyard[3][4]


The television show was consistently a very strong ratings performer for the Nine Network. It occupied the Friday 7:30–8:30 timeslot for 17 years. During its final year, however, it rated poorly and was 'rested' by the Nine Network.[5]

In the Spring special return in 2007, the show posted a very encouraging 10th place in the week's shows. It defeated both of its competing Seven Network shows including Australia's Best Backyards and Hot Property, and was the most watched Nine Network show of the week.

See also


  1. Idato, Michael (30 April 2007). "Those were the days". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
  2. BULLAMAKANKA Information Page Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "The Seekers (1991, with Karen Knowles) – Burke's Backyard theme". Youtube user Rich963. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  4. "Burkes Back Yard Closing Credits Ch 9 1989". YouTube User tramman82mk2. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  5. "Burke's Backyard axed". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 November 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
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