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Australian Geographic January - February 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.

Australian Geographic Holdings Pty Ltd
R 96,04
R 264,32
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
leading the way

WE LIVE IN THE best country on the planet. I truly believe this. And, in my role with AG, I get to share my love of Australia with our equally passionate readers. But do we love it enough? We’re aware of our impact on the natural environment. But we’re reluctant to change our behaviour, even when we know we’re damaging the very things that make our continent home so unique. If it was easy to do so, it’d be a no-brainer. But it’s not, because we need to be motivated to change habits. Motivation needs inspiration, and at AG we champion individuals and organisations who show us the way. Dr Sylvia Earle is one such leader, a legend of deep-sea exploration and an articulate and impassioned defender of the oceans. I…

3 min
notes from the field

GETTING OUT INTO this wild brown (and green and blue) land has always been a feature of AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC’s reporting. And in this issue we have literally travelled from one end of the country to the other for stories of real and remote Australia. Writer-photographer Peta Burton went deep into Arnhem Land for her feature for our new Travel with Us section that’s included for the first time in this issue. And we bundled two of Australia’s most popular contemporary landscape photographers, Luke Tscharke and Tim Wrate, off to the other end of the country on their first AG assignment together. In homage to the legendary Peter Dombrovskis, who tragically died while photographing the Tasmanian wilderness 21 years ago, they explored Peter’s favourite spots. For Luke, seeing Peter’s classic image of…

3 min
your say

Featured Letter COINCIDENTAL CONNECTION Two articles in AG 141 caught my eye. They’re connected in an interesting way. Way out west features a photo of a naked linesman up a ladder. He is my grandmother’s brother, Clarence Vivienne Adgee Cross. The family story says nothing about him stripping to keep his clothes clean en route to a wedding, just that he had to cross a waterway for a repair job. He was one of 10 children born on Dirk Hartog Island where his father (my great-grandfather) was a master pearler and ‘sandalwooder’. Another of the 10 children was George Cross, whose son Harry Cross married Gracie Fields, one of the Aboriginal girls in your article Faces of the fence, also in AG 141. GEOFF PALMER, BUSSELTON, WA MAILBAG WELCOMES FEEDBACK Send letters, including an address…

1 min
readers’ photos

Red-necked wallabies by Melissa Christi I captured this image a­ er several days of heavy rain. The mother and joey were part of a mob of 7–9 wallabies. They were very skittish and attuned to noise in their vicinity – which may be how they’ve survived so well despite the cross-bred dogs in the area. Busselton Jetty by Amber Ramento Heritage-listed Busselton Jetty, which stretches across the gorgeous Geographe Bay, isn’t just the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere – it’s also a great photographic subject. I took this photo during a particularly vibrant sunset. Warped by Jordan Robins This image was captured on a recent trip to Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef. I was out snorkelling on the lagoon at sunrise with my camera when I came across this green sea turtle gliding…

1 min

Sign up to the Australian Geographic email newsletter on our homepage and we’ll deliver fresh content to your inbox every week! In November, it was announced that climbing Uluru will be officially banned from 26 October 2019. Here’s what you had to say: TONY HARDY About time. As well as Aboriginal beliefs, we have to consider those people who overexert themselves, get lost and do not take adequate precautions. A much saner and better activity is to walk part or all way around the rock led by an Aboriginal guide. CHRISTINE HAINES It’s a shame it had to be made official. Respecting the cultural significance of the place should have been taken for granted. SILVIA KUTLE Long time coming. Time to appreciate the rock and the culture around it from a respectful distance. DOMINIQUE WAIN AT LAST! The same…

1 min
water colours

Most corals, including this zoanthid, have been found to contain pigments that glow vividly under UV light. But what these pigments are for is a mystery scientists are still hoping to unravel. In shallow water, corals produce fluorescent proteins that act as sunblock, which may have practical applications for human use. Recent research from the University of Southampton in the UK has discovered that in deep water, some corals fluoresce for a different reason: to absorb light for the benefit of photosynthetic algae called zooxanthellae, which in turn provide food for the coral. The bright pigments may also be used for signalling and a whole host of other reasons yet to be discovered, some of which may prove useful for humans – yet another reason to safeguard the world’s coral…