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Your Say
Isolating in Canberra from my usual home in Melbourne, I have had the benefit of reading my father’s copies of AUSTRALIANGEOGRAPHIC. AG 159 was again full of fascinating articles, intriguing facts and beautiful pictures. The echidna story noted that
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Oz Words
VERSING AUSTRALIAN SPORTING journalism appears to have birthed the word “versing”. It turns up on programs where blokes named Jacko and Cruncher preview weekend sport. They seem to have trouble referring to the Sharks versus the Bears because “versus
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Trams And Trauma
PETER SALVESEN was driving his tram on 15 March 2019 when sirens began to wail and police cars darted through the streets. Something was wrong. Radio messages came through calling him to return to base. An Australian white supremacist gunman had open
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Georgetown, QLD
GEORGETOWN IS A pleasant, sleepy little place on the Etheridge River, in far north Queensland. It’s famed for gemstones and surrounded by rich beef-cattle country, the district being known for Brahman and Droughtmaster cattle. One of Australia’s most
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Big Picture
THIS STUNNING IMAGE was taken by Gary Meredith in a remote part of Western Australia’s Great Sandy Desert. There, rainbow bee-eaters roost together at night and each morning sit in the warmth of the rising sun. In winter they huddle to stay warm. The
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Looking Up
The world’s most recognised constellation is the Northern Hemisphere evening sky’s Orion the Hunter. From Down Under we see it upside down, with Orion’s three belt stars making the base of the Saucepan. His sword hanging off the belt extends to the u
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Grantham’s Road To Recovery
IT WAS 10 JANUARY 2011 and once again it was pouring with rain. Queensland had already endured its wettest spring and December on record, and yet still the rain kept coming. I was working at the time as a freelance photographer for Queensland’s main
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The Mermaid Tree
THE TREE, A BOAB, is back slightly from the beach, overlooking a scene that hasn’t changed in hundreds, possibly thousands, of years. Below the high-tide mark where bristly grass gives way to coarse sand, the beach slopes down to open water and on th
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The Hermit Of Griffith
ONE RAIN-LASHED January night in 1929, a lonely and defeated Italian immigrant by the name of Valerio Ricetti arrived on the outskirts of Griffith, New South Wales, and sought shelter in a rock overhang. Another depression-era drifter seeking work, h
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Water Sign From The Moon
BEFORE TELESCOPES, sky watchers thought dark markings on the Moon were seas and named them maris – Latin for ‘of the sea’. The telescope revealed them to be vast plains, which are actually ancient lava flows that filled giant impact basins caused by
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Homes On The Rangelands
I’M SITTING IN stunned silence in a minibus with pastoralist David Pollock. We’re 650km north-east of Perth, in Western Australia’s Southern Rangelands. Before us stretch vast unvegetated swathes of red dirt, but, as I’m discovering, it didn’t always
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The Iceman Cometh
ON A SWELTERING January day in 1839, 250 tons of ice in huge blocks cut from frozen lakes near Boston, USA, arrived in Sydney on the ship Tartar. Overseas, harvested ice was stored in icehouses, underground buildings with thick brick walls. In Sydney
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Your Society
BUNDJALUNG woman Amelia Telford, the Society’s 2015 Young Conservationist of the Year, has taken the helm of Australia’s first Indigenous youth-led environmental organisation, Seed Mob. Its members are aged between 15 and 35 and hail from across the
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Timeline Of WA Pastoral Leases
1829 Swan River colony established. 1837–39 Captain George Grey explores parts of the Kimberley coast, then areas between the Swan River and Shark Bay for colonisation and grazing potential, reporting great pastoral capacity in many areas. 1841 WA’s
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When Earth’s Magnetic Poles Change Places
SINCE ITS DISCOVERY IN 1831, magnetic north has been quietly drifting across Arctic Canada. For 150 years, it wandered between 0km and 15km a year. But in the 1990s magnetic north took off. Within 30 years, the North Magnetic Pole had fled Canada and
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Our New conservation superpower
There were expectations it would reveal much about the evolution of this continent’s largely unique mammal fauna, and it has. But to most scientists working in Australian wildlife conservation, it didn’t seem to have a lot of practical relevance. “Si
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Cycling Through Railway History
It passes oblivious livestock, scattered old farm buildings and relics of forgotten railway stations. It fords creeks, ducks beneath bridges and occasionally stops altogether to yield to road traffic in a revealing twist of the old pecking order. In
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Colonisation Begins
CAPTAIN ARTHUR PHILLIP RN was commander of the First Fleet of 11 ships that sailed into Botany Bay, New South Wales, in January 1788. Work on the site he chose for a convict settlement at nearby Sydney Cove, in Port Jackson, began shortly after, on 2
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Beauty On The Brink
IT’S JUST AFTER lunchtime, the morning rains have finally cleared and the sun begins breaking through the clouds. Max Breckenridge, a captive release project officer with BirdLife Australia (BLA) is slowly walking along a dirt road that cuts through
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Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail
FACT Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail is the first rail trail to open on Crown land in NSW. One way takes 1–4 hours, depending on speed. 1 Tumbarumba Visitor Information Centre and Museum 2 Electric bike hire 3 Mountain biking trails 4 Pump track, p
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Talking Australia
Tyson, of the Apalech Clan from Cape York, Queensland, is a senior lecturer in Indigenous knowledge, published poet, exhibited artist and author of the award-winning book Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World (The Text Publishing Comp
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Habitat Support
BOTH LONG-FLOWERED mistletoe plants and broad-leaved ironbark trees are vitally important to regent honeyeaters breeding in the Tomalpin Woodlands. Regents feed there on the blossoms of ironbarks and mistletoes as well as building nests in both plant
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Why Travel With Us?
Travelling with Australian Geographic inspires people to care about the planet by providing meaningful opportunities to explore it. Our travel experiences are rich in nature and adventure, and our travel partners specialise in hard-to-reach places an
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Tim The Yowie Man the Tale Of The Nullarbor Nymph
THESE DAYS, if a grainy photo of a half-naked woman living with kangaroos on the Nullarbor was circulated it would probably get a run on a fake news website before disappearing into obscurity. Savvy readers would realise it was a prank. But back in l
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Dr Dean Miller
DR DEAN MILLER IS a scientist, multi-media professional, BBC television presenter and an Australian Geographic-sponsored explorer. With a PhD in coral reef management, tourism and resource allocation, and a wealth of scientific experience in the fiel
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The Australian Geographic Book Club
By Tom Gilling This is the story of an Aussie war hero largely forgotten by history, and what a story it is! The Japanese put a bounty on Jock McLaren’s head as he escaped Japanese POW camps, fought with American-led Filipino guerrillas and sailed hi
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Lifeblood Of The Nation
Below the modern Brewarrina Weir in north-western New South Wales, a 2km bend holds the remains of this ancient structure, a complex of dry-stone walls and a site of engineering brilliance. Displaying advanced knowledge of river hydrology and fish ec
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Citizen Science On The Great Barrier Reef
LOOKING TO TRY something that’s both adventurous and educational? Join this small ship expedition to the remote outer Great Barrier Reef and help marine scientists observe, record and report on natural phenomena. With full access to the most respecte
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Nature Photo Exhibition
THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM has reopened after a major revamp of its historic central Sydney sandstone precinct that dates back to 1845. Construction work, which began in early 2019 and continued right through the COVID-19 lockdown, has released an additio
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