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Australian Parrots

More than 330 parrot species inhabit our planet, and Australia is home to about 56 of them. In fact, this continent’s abundance of these birds led mapmakers of the 1500s to annotate the coast of a great southern land with Psittacorum Regio — “The Region of Parrots” — as reported by Portuguese sailing expeditions. Australian parrots […]

West MacDonnell National Park

The West MacDonnell Ranges Extending more than 200 km west of Alice Springs, the West MacDonnell Ranges dominate the Northern Territory’s central range country. Great folds of sedimentary rock stand above arid spinifex plains separated by narrow valleys. Ancestral tributaries of the Todd and Finke Rivers have cut through the multi-coloured layers of quartzite, clay, […]

Deadly and Dangerous Australian Animals

We fear snakes, crocodiles, sharks and a whole host of other animals – and we want to blame someone for this feeling of fear. But we can’t blame TV, or the newspapers, no, WE are to blame for buying into believing everything we hear. Sure, there are animals that are dangerous, even deadly, but we […]

Australia’s Oceanic Connection – an introduction

Australia’s 200-nautical-mile Exclusive Economic Zone, proclaimed in 1994, is over 11 million square kilometres in area, excluding Antarctic waters, and is the third largest in the world. The total area of the continental shelf around our continent, as defined by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, is 14.8 million square kilometres. […]

Over Time – A Photographers Connection with Landscape

Not so very long ago the most commonly made remark I heard from photographers was, ‘I made this picture, which is sort of OK, but it does not reflect what I felt when I took it!’ “Where’s the wind in my hair? The smell of eucalyptus or desert oaks and the bird that chattered in […]

Attention Seeking Wildflowers

Australia has many attention seeking wildflowers. Some are especially adapted to entice insects — other flowers attract birds and mammals. About 65–80% of flowers are pollinated by insects. Perfumed flowers are for insect attraction — almost 100 Australian orchid species can mimic the pheromone of a female insect, attracting the matching male to assist with […]

Alpine National Parks of Victoria

The Australian Alps are part of the Great Dividing Range, extending south from Canberra into the north-east corner of Victoria. Alpine, Buffalo, Snowy River and Baw Baw National Parks protect much of the region, forming an important natural corridor for flora and fauna. They also offer magnificent mountain scenery and a wealth of opportunities for […]

Australia’s Floral Emblems

Most nations of the world select a special flower, tree or fern as a floral emblem. South Africa has — the Protea, Japan — the Cherry Blossom, England — the Rose and New Zealand — the Silver Fern. The shape of the chosen plant must be identifiable enough to be stylised as a symbol for […]

Marine Plants – vital Australian habitats

The world’s oceans, where life began, have more than 25,000 species of seaweed. There are 1300 described species in Australia, but it is estimated that over 2000 species exist. Seaweeds belong to the Kingdom Protista. Plants living in the sea need sunlight to carry out photosynthesis, so live as close to the surface of the […]

Blue Mountains National Park

A natural process by which eucalypt oil vapour refracts sunlight (and drenches the surrounding atmosphere in ethereal blue) has helped give the Blue Mountains it name. This vast sandstone plateau, rising 1300 m above sea level, is populated by some of the world’s rarest plant and animal species, including the Wollemi Pine — a prehistoric […]

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