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Staring Into Space
THIRTY YEARS AGO the Hubble Space Telescope was launched, on 24 April 1990, into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. It was deployed into orbit a day later by the shuttle’s five-person crew, open
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Talking Australia
Famed for re-creating two epic journeys from the Heroic Era of Antarctic exploration by stripping himself of all modern equipment and using what explorers in the early 1900s used, Tim Jarvis now focuses on conservation. Marine biologist, adventurer,
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Calculating Colour
PETER GLASSENBURY was just a kid in short pants when his dad, Les, famously fronted up to his local bird club in Port Pirie, SA, with a pink budgie. “He had dipped it in beetroot juice as a joke,” Peter, who is coordinator of the Australian National
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Routeburn Track
Type: Point to point Time: 3–4 days Grade: Easy–moderate Independent/Guided: Both available YES, THE WELL-KNOWN Milford Track is right next door, but for those looking to jam in the most of the spectacle that is NZ’s Southern Alps (think snow-clad mo
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Mertz And Ninnis
PROUD OF HIS EFFORTS, Royal Fusiliers Lieutenant Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis grabbed a nail and hammer and made his personal mark on newly cut timber–nail point by nail point. Recently landed in January 1912 on an unexplored coastline, Ninnis and 1
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Wild Australia Diary Entries
Find kangaroos on Pebbly Beach The NSW south coast was struck hard by last summer’s bushfires. But the kangaroos at Pebbly Beach (pictured above) in Murramarang National Park have endured. This is one of very few places where kangaroos can routinely
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Leila's High Society
High Society is an ambitious photographic project and travelling exhibition by Australian photographer and budgie fan Leila Jeffreys (right). It began when she noticed how a flock of wild budgerigars appeared like leaves on a tree. “Looking closer, I
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Kepler Track, Fiordland NP
Type: Circuit Time: 3–4 days Grade: Moderate Independent/Guided: Independent only TAKE ONE SOUTH ISLAND adventure town–in this case, Te Anau–and add a fantastic three- to four-day amble through spectacular Fiordland NP, and you have one of NZ’s foot-
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An Ill-fated Route
THE ABOVE MAP shows the tragic fatal journey and the two glaciers that were later named for Mertz and Ninnis. A new memorial to the ill-fated pair of young explorers will soon be unveiled in Mawson Place on Hobart’s waterfront, opposite the Mawson’s
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The Frank Hurley Photography Awards 2020
A MAJOR NEW international photo competition, launching on 1 July 2020, has been named in honour of Australia’s renowned Antarctic photographer Frank Hurley. Australian Geographic is thrilled to be the media partner of this new competition. From the b
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Celebrity Budgies
LONG BEFORE UK pop star Robbie Williams, Sparkie Williams was a leading recording star of his day. Sparkie had a vocabulary of 583 words, including eight complete nursery rhymes. He first came to the world’s attention in 1958 after beating 2768 other
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Milford Track
Type: Point to point Time: 4 days Grade: Easy–moderate Independent/Guided: Both available THE MILFORD TRACK is the most strictly controlled of the Great Walks. In peak season, only 40 independent and 40 guided walkers are allowed to start the Milford
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BIRD NERD with Peter Rowland
I’VE BEEN ON many pelagic birding trips and no two have been the same. They are a unique experience you must try…more than once. Serious pelagic trips can last days. But most leave early in the morning, head for deep water off the continental shelf a
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Your Society
IN RESPONSE to the huge impact bushfires had on wildlife early this year, the volunteer organisation Boomerang Bags Phillip Island and San Remo (BBPISR) hosted a two-day sewing bee in January to make animal wraps and substitute pouches for carers who
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A Global Export
PHOTO CREDITS, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: CECIL STOUGHTON / WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHS / JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM, BOSTON; MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES / GETTY IMAGES; GEORGE WILKES / HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES. PHOTO CREDITS, CLOCKWISE FROM T
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A Day In The Wild
NZ’S MULTI-DAY walks are brilliant, but the country also offers some fantastic short walks. Here are five worth stepping out on: LAKE MARIAN, FIORDLAND NP A pristine alpine lake nestled in a hanging valley surrounded by mountains, Lake Marian is a ha
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Gwalia, Wa
THE SETTLEMENT OF Gwalia grew in the late 1890s after the discovery of gold in the area. Underground mining began in 1897 at the Sons of Gwalia mine, which became one of Australia’s biggest goldmines before it shut down in 1963 and much of the local
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Always Was, Always Will Be
THERE’S NO question the word budgerigar is derived from Aboriginal languages, albeit corrupted by clumsy colonial attempts to record it. Since the earliest inhabitants first set foot on Australian soil more than 50,000 years ago they have known the b
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The Heaphy Track
Type: Point to point Time: 4 days Grade: Moderate Independent/Guided: Both available THE HEAPHY TRACK, (pronounced he-fee) located in the north-western corner of the South Island, in Kahurangi National Park, is NZ’s longest Great Walk. It can be walk
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Places Of Interest
A gracious hotel built by the WA government in 1903 for £6000, this building on the corner of Kane and Station streets has pressed-metal ceilings and some particularly beautiful internal joinery on the staircase and around the bars. In 1919 it was th
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Ag Society Fundraiser
Mountain pygmy possums that survived last summer’s bushfires in Kosciuszko National Park now face a dire food shortage. These critically endangered marsupials need to fatten up on insects and fruit during summer in preparation for their winter hibern
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Breeding Success
Dubbed ‘The Guru’ by fellow United Budgerigar Society members, Alan Rowe first became a budgie fancier as a 16 year old, after seeing “all these colourful little budgies with their big ribbons” at the Royal Melbourne Show. Now aged 80, Alan is like a
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Flower Power
It looks like an artist’s canvas. Lashings of vivid colour, shape and texture are splashed all over the sunrise as the early morning light awakens and highlights every petal. The air is full of freshness and springtime excitement, matched in the surr
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Trans-australian Railway
IN 1912 WORK BEGAN on a new railway line between Port Augusta in South Australia and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. Stretching across 1693km of Australia’s driest and most isolated terrain, the Trans-Australian Railway was completed on 17 October 1
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Sign Of The Times
IN THE CHAOS AND despair of the most recent notable chapter in Australian history–the bushfire disaster followed so closely by the COVID-19 pandemic–many of us have found comfort from an unexpected source. At government press conferences and during e
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Back To The Moon
SOPHIA CASANOVA HAS long been fascinated by the night sky, spending lazy summers in suburban Sydney during the late 1990s looking up at the stars. But it was at the age of 10, when her parents bought her a telescope, that she truly fell head over hee
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The Art Of AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC
By Ego Guiotto Cockatoos poster, AG 80, Oct–Dec 2005 CAPTURING BOTH THE beauty and individuality of Australia’s crested parrots provided an exquisite challenge for renowned bird artist Ego Guiotto in 2005 when he created a poster celebrating all 14 o
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Sea Monster Mysteries
ANCIENT TALES abound of mythical, giant serpentine, horse-headed beasts terrifying sailors in the Atlantic Ocean. But did you know Australia’s coastline is home to perhaps the most diverse hodgepodge of ‘sea monsters’ on Earth? One of the first recor
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Signing Through Time
Early history Informal sign languages evolved among deaf communities worldwide. Elizabeth Steel, the first known European deaf person in Australia, arrived as a convict on the Second Fleet. Samuel Watson, superintendent of the NSW Institution for the
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