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Australian Geographic March/April 2019

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
turning up the heat

AS WE HEAD into autumn, we leave behind the hottest Australian summer on record. Not that we need official statistics to tell us what we can already feel as we swelter through weeks of searingly hot days and toss and turn throughout uncomfortably warm nights. The impacts have been felt in many larger ways, from Tassie’s devastating bushfires to mass fish kills (see page 40) in the Murray-Darling river system and huge die-offs of flying-foxes from northern Queensland to Victoria (see page 51). These highly distressing events are just the most immediate and visible signs and the full impact has yet to reveal itself. Climate modelling demonstrates that these aren’t isolated events and are linked to shifting weather patterns globally. More than ever we are called upon to respond at all levels…

3 min
notes from the field

We only ever had one writer in mind for our story on the balancing act between urban development and nature in the iconic coastal town of Noosa – Phil Jarratt (page 86). A long-time AG contributor and one of the world’s most highly regarded surfing journalists, Phil has lived in Noosa for more than three decades. But his love affair with the area’s surf, sand, forests and people began more than 50 years ago when he was still at school. “Its perfect point breaks had featured in the surfing magazines I grew up with, but nothing prepared me for the thrill of driving down the hill to Noosa National Park in 1968, in a rusty FC Holden full of boards and mates, seeing glistening shoulderhigh waves and surfers in the water…

1 min
featured letter

AG FOR EVERYONE Here are some pictures of the copies of the Braille edition of AG 148, now available in our library for loan. In Braille format it’s actually two volumes. Thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to provide these to our library members. These are VERY popular and I think that we are the only library in Australia that offers them in Braille (I could be wrong, but I don’t know of any others). Belinda Bain, one of our library members in Townsville who reads Braille and has read the Braille edition of the magazine, said, “I think AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC is a great magazine and well worth reading.” Belinda also said, “I’m vision impaired and read Braille as well as [listen to] audio materials. It means the world…

4 min
ag your say

BIRDS DETERRED As an Aussie living in England, but able to visit and travel in Australia fairly often, I always look forward to AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC and the inspiration it gives me to see more of the country on each of our visits. Your article about birds colliding with windows (AG 148) struck a chord with my wife and me. We have large windows facing our bird-feeding area here in England and, sadly, a number of birds, especially younger ones, have been stunned or killed by flying into them over the years. We have now bought a roll of self-adhesive vinyl window film and cut out animal and bird shapes to put on the windows. These break up the reflections and warn birds away. The film adheres easily and can be removed and replaced…

1 min

I recently read a small article in Wild Australia (AG 131), about Queensland’s largest butterfly the Richmond birdwing, which described the Dutchman’s pipe vine as a native plant. I live in the northern rivers of NSW and some years back attempted to recommend a vine that was suitable for butterflies. I was told then that the Dutchman’s pipe vine (which was growing in bush behind my property) was actually poisonous to the birdwings’ larvae, on which they mistakenly lay their eggs on. Could you please clarify this? VIVIEN BONNEY, ILLARWILL, NSW EXPERT ANSWER: Associate Professor Michael Braby, Australian National Insect Collection, Australian National University. Yes, the information is totally incorrect and sends the wrong message to readers. Dutchman’s pipe is a non-native plant and an invasive species (from South America). In fact, it’s a…

1 min
winking wheat

As an aerial photographer for 30 years I’ve often felt like an eye in the sky capturing a bird’s perspective of Australia…but it’s rare to sense the landscape looking back. Then I came across this scene at the northern edge of the West Australian wheat belt. I was on a commission to shoot aerial images of a new 300km-long rail line built to transport iron ore westwards from a mine in the Shire of Morawa to the Port of Geraldton on the mid-north WA coast. I love taking photographs that pose questions and this image certainly cried out for an answer. Why was this patch left untouched in a field that had been ploughed, sown with otherwise perfect rows of wheat and harvested? We were more than 350km north-east of…