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Australian Geographic March - April 2018

Australian Geographic, Australia’s premier geographic journal, brings you the best of the country from those who know it best. Discover Australia’s rich cultural heritage, its beautiful landscapes, its unique and diverse plants and wildlife, and explore outback towns and the true-blue characters who call them home.

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all about the journey

On assignment in South Georgia, Antarctica, last year, shooting one of the world’s largest penguin rookeries.YOU CAN hardly turn on the TV nowadays without stumbling across yet another celebrity-hosted travel series. There seems, in particular, to be a plethora of personalities criss-crossing the globe by train, gushing about the romance of steam or the role of railways in forging the economies of modern nations.I confess to being a fan of former British MP Michael Portillo’s railway series on SBS. His passion for the subject is infectious (and his wardrobe choices entertaining) as he explores the UK by train, clutching his faded Victorian-era travel guide Bradshaw’s Handbook.Long before this proliferation of rail travel documentaries there was a milestone BBC series that set the bar for the genre – Great Railway Journeys…

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notes from the field

OUR EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, Chrissie Goldrick, fulfilled a long-held dream when she travelled to Antarctica in March last year on an Australian Geographic Society expedition with a group of AG subscribers. Although already a highly experienced stills photographer, this was Chrissie’s first attempt at shooting video while on assignment.Her filming efforts caught the attention of a subadult king penguin chick in the massive rookery at Salisbury Plain on South Georgia. “The chick took either an exception or a liking to me and my tripod – I couldn’t really tell – but much of what I filmed there is dominated by the sound of its cawing,” Chrissie says with a laugh. “I moved away several times, knowing the rules about wildlife and hoping to avoid being constantly pecked on the leg, but it…

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island life

Mokapu Island off the Na Pali Coast;waterfall on Maui;diving off the Kona coast;lava boat tour.Home to active volcanoes and a multitude of natural wonders, adrenalin-fuelled activities, luxury accommodation, delicious cuisine and more, the Hawaiian Islands truly are an adventurer’s paradise. With six major islands to explore – Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the Island of Hawaii – there’s no shortage of unique experiences on off er. Amazing dive spots, lava tours, word-class surf and lush rainforests are only just the beginning. What will you do first?“Amazing dive spots, lava tours, worldclass surf and lush rainforests are only the beginning.”Five things to do in HawaiiDivingFrom shore dives to wreck dives, reef dives and more, Hawaii is an absolute scuba paradise.Halema’uma’u craterWitness the stunning glow from this unique destination within Hawaii…

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your say

Featured LetterFENCE-CROSSING MEMORYI enjoyed the article Faces of the fence in the Nov–Dec 2017 issue (AG 141), about Australia’s Rabbit-Proof Fence, but was disappointed that no mention was made of surveyor Alfred Canning who surveyed the route for the fence. This 1968 photo (right) of my colleague David Chudleigh is at the point where the fence then crossed the Talawana Track (Newman to Windy Corner). Note the fence mileage “679” under David’s arm and the overloaded vehicle with a tuckerbox and swag on the roof due to the presence in the cabin of a 44-gallon drum of petrol that we were taking out to Well 23 – a fuel drop for our subsequent trip up the Canning Stock Route (see AG 12).RUSSELL WENHOLZ, HOLT, ACTWRITE TO US! Send us a…

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australian geographic

Sign up to the Australian Geographic email newsletter on our homepage and we’ll deliver fresh content to your inbox every week!Talkb@ckIn January, Australian Geographic contributor Alasdair McGregor made the case for welcoming possums into our backyards. Here’s what you had to say:ALISON NISBETTFinally! So great to read a positive article about urban possums. I adore my resident brushie and she is welcome to eat whatever takes her fancy in my garden.TRISY SEENEYRemember that humans are taking over their habitat, not the other way round. We have to share with them.KAREN JENSENWe had a possum that would sleep on the windowsill behind the ivy. It was such a privilege to have it there that we made it a possum box.BRIAN ARMOURAny possum that visits my deck at night gets two Granny…

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water of life

This is the Albert River in Queensland, which winds past Burketown and into the Gulf of Carpentaria. The shot was taken just south of the Burketown Boat Ramp, which can be seen at the top right of the image. The ramp is a popular spot for fishing – although fishers must keep a wary eye out for the huge saltwater crocodiles that are often seen here. This area of the Gulf Country is notable for its millions of hectares of salt pans, most of which belong to the Gangalidda and Garawa peoples. See page 74 for more on the Savannah Way, which passes through Burketown. ■…