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Whales And Island Birds
ON THIS TOUR you’ll help with wildlife surveys on rarely visited islands at Ningaloo Reef, swim with whale sharks (March) or humpback whales (September), count endangered rockwallabies, and cruise Exmouth Gulf searching for dugongs and dolphins. Part
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Book Lovers For Conservation
Our bimonthly fundraisers are hugely appreciated by conservationists battling on the frontline for Aussie species under pressure. They provide vital funds to aid the conservation while also drawing attention to these often heroic efforts. Our partner
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Tim The Yowie Man The Fairy Tree
THERE’S SOMETHING about gnarly old trees that inspire children’s book authors. The Goodreads website lists more than 120 books or series about such ‘magical’ trees. These don’t just spark young readers’ imaginations, but help foster interest and wond
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Eerie Yerranderie
ONE OF THE BEST regions in Australia for observing and photographing night skies is Central West New South Wales, where there are fewer clouds and less light pollution than at coastal and city destinations. The ideal time to experience these crystal-
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North Queensland – Tropical Birding Tour
IMMERSE YOURSELF in the Wet Tropics’ rich bounty of birds on this unique tour. Stretching from Townsville to Cooktown, and encompassing approximately 9000sq.km of rainforest interspersed with farmland, rivers, tropical savannah, coastline and coral c
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Ten Top Things To Do In The Shoalhaven
1 Swim with humpback whales and playful Australian fur seals divejervisbay.com 02 4441 5255 2 See Jervis Bay by kayak jervisbaykayaks.com.au 02 4441 7157 3 Take a guided hike in the Budawangs bignatureadventures.com 0417 636 262 4 Take an Aboriginal
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The Wonder Of Wildflowers
AMONG THE WILDFLOWERS OF the West Australian bush, wonders exist that baffle the mind and inspire the imagination. Hidden beneath native grasses, carnivorous flowers glue-trap their prey, liquefying hapless insects from which they absorb nutrients. O
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You’re Invited!
WE ARE THRILLED to announce the return of the prestigious Australian Geographic Society Awards. We suspended the awards process and gala event last year due to COVID-19. As activities have resumed and people have been able to travel more freely we kn
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Laura Quinkan Dance Festival 2–4 July
The town of Laura is an important hub for people from Cape York Peninsula and home to one of Australia’s most significant collections of rock-art. It’s also the venue for a world famous celebration of Aboriginal culture – the Laura Quinkan Dance Fest
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Been Everywhere Man
At precisely 1.05pm on 15 February, after working every day for the previous 2797 days, Bruce Elder finally finished his ambitious Aussie Towns web project. From this he creates AG’s Aussie Towns series (page 128). He began on 20 June 2013, and durin
Australian Geographic1 min lettiPolitics
Advance Australia Fair
ONE OF THE first official tasks tackled by Prime Minister Scott Morrison this year was to change one word in our national anthem: “young and free” became “one and free”. Other prime ministers also made updates. Bob Hawke changed “Australia’s sons” to
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Aussie Ark experience
Join Tim Faulkner for a unique hands-on experience with this breeding program for the Tasmanian devil and eastern quoll in the beautiful Barrington Tops of NSW. You’ll see devils up close as you help with feeding and monitoring individuals. There’ll
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Australia’s First Olympian
EDWIN FLACK, AN ACCOUNTANT and champion runner, was Australia’s only competitor at the first modern Olympics in 1896, in Athens, where he won the 800m and 1500m, took part in the marathon and placed third in doubles tennis. Flack was born in London o
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Your Subscription Is Essential To The Australian Geographic Society
EVERY SUBSCRIBER to this journal automatically becomes a member of the not-for-profit AG Society. Your subscription helps us fund Australia’s scientists, conservationists, adventurers and explorers. To subscribe, call 1300 555 176 Patron: Dick Smith
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A Land Lost In Time
The Northern Territory’s Red Centre is the epitome of ‘outback’ in all the ways that term conjures up – vast desert country, sprawling and ancient mountain ranges, secluded waterholes, rich Indigenous culture. What some visitors may not know is that
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LOOKING UP with Glenn Dawes
x1 In recent years the media has made popular the word “supermoon”, when the Moon is full within about one day of its closest approach to Earth, so that it appears slightly larger than normal. This is neither particularly noticeable or rare, with fou
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The Irish Of Baker’s Flat
THERE WAS NOTHING unusual about Irish peasants resisting forced evictions from their homes in Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries. Such scenes were common during England’s protracted and bitter occupation of its island neighbour. That similar batt
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Spiders Can Fly
WHAT KIND of wingless creature can fly for more than 1000km nonstop, at an altitude higher than 4.5km? Amazingly, it’s a spider. This story begins on 31 October 1832, a hot and relatively calm and clear day on Charles Darwin’s voyage aboard HMS Beagl
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Citizen Science On The Great Barrier Reef
Journey to the outer realms of the Great Barrier Reef with a special citizen science expedition in partnership with GBR Legacy and the Australian Geographic Society. Hosted by Dr Dean Miller, and accompanied by Dr Charlie Veron, you will take a verit
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Darling Demonstration
IN FEBRUARY THIS year, as part of the triennial arts festival of the National Gallery of Victoria, huge photographic portraits were carried across the dry plains of the Menindee Lakes area by members of the local community as a drone camera captured
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The Shoalhaven
Jervis Bay Territory was created in 1915 so the ACT would have access to the sea. Archaeological evidence of Aboriginal occupation in the Shoalhaven dates to more than 20,000 years ago. ■
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BIRDING BASICS with Peter Rowland
Peter on Twitter: @_peterrowland and Instagram: @_peterrowland EVEN FROM A distance most bird species are readily distinguished by bold markings, distinctive colours and overall size and shape. But some are very similar to others and key identifiers
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Banksia Silos
RAVENSTHORPE IS A town where an affection for wildflowers is evident the moment you arrive. An enormous mural detailing different flowering stages of Baxter’s banksia (Banksia baxteri) – a species found only between Esperance and Albany – has been pa
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The Greatest Escape
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT WAS abolished in Britain in 1965. However, as was common knowledge in 1980s schoolyards, one could still receive the death sentence for four particular offences: piracy, treason, espionage and one other that no-one could ever remem
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Finke River
You’ll need a 4WD with low-range gearing and high clearance. It’s also advisable to travel with more than one vehicle, in case you become bogged or suffer a mechanical breakdown. If travelling solo, be confident in your self-sufficiency and vehicle-r
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As The River Runs
PHOTO CREDIT: STEVE STRIKE; Photo by Steve Strike ■
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Driving Lessons
MORE AUSSIES than ever will be hitting the road in search of adventure in this year of COVID-induced domestic travel. Sometimes that road may be a dirt or desert track such as the Finke River 4WD Route, and many drivers will be handling the condition
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Talking Australia
Beverley, an ecologist, has for the past 30 years studied the world’s largest earthworm – Australia’s Giant Gippsland earthworm. It’s a rare and fragile species that can grow up to 2m long and is often mistaken for a snake. Beverley is working closel
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Nullarbor POW camps
WHILE EXPLORING AUSTRALIA by helicopter in the 1980s, Dick and Pip Smith spied some unusual rock patterns along the Trans-Australian Railway line. Further investigation (for a story in AG 14) led to speculation these may have been World War II prison
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Sami’s Galaxy Secrets
WHAT DO astronomers see when they look beyond our Milky Way galaxy? More galaxies. Many more, in fact: the latest estimate of the total number we can observe is 200 billion. Many of these massive star systems are enormous distances away, correspondin
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