IN all the corners of the globe, from Hong Kong to eastern Europe, there are people who know how to say "She's a beauty ain't she?"
And for the proliferation of that and other little morsels of Australian slang you can thank the creator of My Western Suburbs Detour, Richard Graham.
Blacktown's industrial estates and Graham's childhood home — a red brick house in Seven Hills — are part of the popular route, which embraces all there is to see in backyards far from the Harbour Bridge.
"It is about seeing how the average Australian lives," he said. "We don't all live in Vaucluse. It's very working class and it's what defines Australia, the 'Aussie battler'."
Paul Hogan's comment that "To experience Australia you've got to experience the people" is at the heart of Mr Graham's philosophy.
"There are some larrikins that I know out in the western suburbs, the people I used to work close to in Blacktown — Peter in an industrial estate I used to work in, or Pierre who owns the Mitre 10 in Seven Hills.
"It's just those typical blokes that welcome you with open arms and have a crack at you and encourage that you have a crack back. It's great because . . . it's part of who we are.
"I've had people email me offering me their homes throughout the western suburbs, saying if you want we'll fire up the barbie and you can bring people in. It's so nice, the generosity."
The tour also takes in leafy Dural, suburban "McMansions" and a corner shop meal of meat pies and Chico rolls during the cruises in a 1964 EH Holden Premier that Mr Graham says is as Australian as Vegemite.
"It's all about the detour, about getting off the beaten track, beyond the main attractions."