A visit to the old bush camp in the Italowie Gorge, now part of the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park, is one of the many highlights of The Tailor’s In RM’s Footsteps – a fully hosted four-day tour which takes the visitor to some of Australia’s remotest landscapes, such as the Flinders Ranges and Lake Eyre, but also into the Adelaide workshop where R.M.Williams boots are still made today; this private tour of the R.M.Williams operation is an exclusive offering for The Tailor working closely with R.M.Williams.
Before founding the global clothing brand which still bears his name, RM Williams worked as a camel driver, horse trainer and general labourer across the far north of South Australia. During this period he befriended Afghan cameleers, Chinese traders and Aboriginal stockman – living and working with an Aboriginal tribe still living a traditional lifestyle in the 1930s.
“RM Williams was the real deal – there’s absolutely no doubt about that,” says Arthur Coulthard, senior ranger with for National Parks South Australia. “He did many good things for the Aboriginal people out here.”