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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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On A Wing And A Prayer
THE SMALL WOODEN door slides slowly upwards. Snow pokes out her sleek head, takes two determined and graceful hops forward, then spreads her tawny wings, flashing a brilliant white chest, and with just a few powerful beats, is away. Free. Snow, a whi
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Cruising Tasmania’s South Coast
OKAY, CONFESSION TIME. I’m not a ‘cruise ship person’. Seriously, I’m not. For anyone who knows me or a bit about my background, well… I like being in the elements and away from throngs of people. However, when I was invited to host a 10-day AG Socie
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Armed And Operational
Nautilus tentacles are not used for movement but have a sensory function to detect carrion and other food and to manipulate bits of food towards the central mouth. They can be fully retracted into sheaths. Lacking suckers, the tentacles don’t have a
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Australian Ecosystems Showing Evidence Of Collapse
Subantarctic tundra Antarctic desert These 19 Australian ecosystems are already collapsing, due to concurrent human pressures, overlaid by the impacts of climate change. It’s warned that taking no action is highly likely to lead to total and irrevers
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Featured Letter
Your magazine finds its way very promptly to your antipodes here on the other side of the world, and is always well received. AG 161 (March–April 2021) excelled: every item – from features to news snippets – was well written and illustrated. From ins
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Australia’s Great Southern Coastline
JOIN state-of-the-art expedition ship Coral Geographer on this Australian Geographic partner voyage. Experience the region’s spectacular landscape, rich history and unique food experiences. Here, sweeping beaches and idyllic seaside towns meld into s
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Birding And Wildlife Expedition
THIS NORTHERN AUSTRALIAN birdwatching tour covers iconic areas such as Uluru and Watarrka NP in central Australia, Darwin and Kakadu NP in the Top End, and the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area of far north Queensland, including a reef tr
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Red Cliffs, VIC
Red Cliffs is reached via the Calder Highway. It’s 14km from Mildura and 529km from Melbourne. The town’s name is a simple statement of the obvious. The Murray River meanders to its east and the 70m cliffs, which rise on the western side of the river
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If your kids or grandchildren are nature lovers and obsessed by rescued bats, protected platypuses, meteor showers and survival stories, Australian Geographic Explorers is perfect for them. It’s made for 8-12 year olds who want to be inspired and lea
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Ag Society Fundraiser the Dugong
Dugongs need clean seas and healthy seagrass beds, but are often forced to live with the impacts of human activities such as pollution from coastal developments. The health and habitats of these marine mammals face increasing threats. In the hope of
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AusQuiz
Q6 1 To what famous surname do the first names Abel and Janszoon belong? 2 The black house, funnelweb and garden orb-weaving are species of what? 3 In which Australian language does “murr-ma” mean “to walk along in the water searching for something w
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Wild Australia Diary Entries
Spider crabs congregate, Port Phillip From late May to mid-June thousands of giant spider crabs gather to to moult, shedding their protective exoskeletons in the waters o. Melbourne. You can snorkel to see them from the piers at Rye or Blairgowrie on
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Flash Language
Awake: If you are aware of what’s really going on, as opposed to what appears to be going on, you may still say, “I’m awake to what you’re up to.” Th is usage seems to have grown out of Vaux’s original definition: “To be awake to any scheme, deceptio
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Three Floral Journeys
THIS WILDERNESS route leads you through jarrah forests, karri thickets and tuart bushland ribboned with walking trails where the eagle-eyed will spot numerous species of graceful orchid. Wend through historic Jarrahdale and hike to Serpentine Falls,
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On The Road Again
JUST AS WE are putting the final touches to this issue, the federal government and Australian airline industry are in a stoush about when Australians will be able to fly overseas again (beyond regional bubbles, that is). It’s a clear sign we’ve enter
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Spotlight On Kangaroo Welfare
WE SEEM TO take it in our stride that millions of wild kangaroos are harvested annually, mostly for meat for human consumption and pet food. But after the Black Summer bushfires killed or displaced billions of native animals, and the drought that con
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Gondwana Rainforest – Wine, Waves And Tassie Devils
Explore the lush farming district of Gloucester, the pristine wilderness of the magnificent World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest region of Barrington Tops, and picturesque Nelson Bay. Quaint country towns, meandering rivers, fresh mountain air a
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National Parks To Explore In The Shoalhaven
A sanctuary for all kinds of wildlife, including swamp wallabies, gliders and long-nosed potoroos, Morton NP is also a birdwatcher’s paradise – think satin bowerbirds, green catbirds and lyrebirds. You may also see an eastern ground parrot, classifie
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Historic Duo
AFTER FEDERATION IN 1901, Australian cities embraced the possibilities presented by a new century. Sydney in particular had outgrown many aspects of colonial settlement. Slums were demolished and streets reconfigured due to unsanitary conditions expo
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Bee Seen
I WAS 10 WEEKS into fieldwork driving from Adelaide to far north Queensland sampling sites for native Australian bees in February 2019, when I made a discovery that took my breath away. Like most mornings, I’d been up sampling early, this time along
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