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Australian Geographic July - August 2020

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

3 min
old and new horizons

I USED TO HAVE a tattered old copy of AG’s Adventurers and Dreamers map of Australia pinned to my office wall marked up with coloured dots for all the places we’d published stories about. The island of Tasmania was entirely obscured by sticky dots, and I understood why a region of such wild, untrammelled beauty might have been the focus of so much storytelling in our pages over the decades. More mysterious to me at the time was just how many dots were placed at the bottom of the map, with an arrow indicating that these clustered stories were set way down south in Antarctica, beyond the scope of AG cartographer Will Pringle’s famous map. So what drove AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC’S obsession with a place so far, so inaccessible and so inhospitable? It…

1 min
ag subscriber benefits

IF YOU ARE a subscriber to AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC you are automatically a member and supporter of the Australian Geographic Society. A portion of each subscription goes towards supporting scientific and environmental research, conservation, community projects and Australian adventurers. Benefits include: Substantial savings off the magazine’s retail price Invitations to exclusive AG Society events Discounts on travel and accommodation through AG partners 25% off selected cruises with Coral Expeditions A complimentary Paddy Pallin membership, entitling you to 10% off their full-priced items in-store and online…

2 min
a passion for snow

Jonica Newby has been infatuated with Australia’s snow country for years, but when she was introduced to ski touring 10 years ago and was finally able to access its wild white back country, she fell totally in love. “I wanted to share and celebrate this magical landscape, and show Australians another reason to act on climate change,” says Jonica, a former presenter on ABC TV’s Catalyst science program. “We must preserve our alpine ecosystems, with their unique pygmy possums, snow gums and human history going back 40,000 years.” One highlight of Jonica’s first assignment for AG (see page 52), which she undertook with long-time AG photographer Don Fuchs last winter, was heading into the otherworldly snowscape above Thredbo Resort and onto the Ramshead Range. “It’s like being on Mars–only white!”…

2 min
featured letter

BIRDWATCHERS VS. TWITCHERS I’d never heard the word twitcher before (Snapshot, AG 156). But when I looked it up I found a reader letter in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, from Julie Fairless of Wooburn Moor in the UK, asking, “Why are bird watchers called twitchers?” The following reply came from Terrence Hollingworth, of Blagnac, France. Any serious birdwatcher will take great exception to being called a twitcher. There’s a world of difference between the two. Birdwatching entails making careful notes about the birds one sees, even if it’s the most common, boring bird imaginable. It entails having the greatest respect for them and making strenuous efforts to minimise disturbance when making observations. These observations then contribute towards our knowledge of birds, their distribution and nesting habits. Such information as is gathered can…

4 min
your say

BADGE OF PRIDE A line from your last Snapshot article (AG 156) reminded me of being a boy in Sydney in the 1950s. At school we were all encouraged to become members of the NSW Gould League of Bird Lovers, have respect for all bird species and wear our badge with pride. A journey to Bruny Island two years ago reminded me how wonderful birdsong is when you create an environment with no foxes and feral cats. Bird life abounds. MICHAEL WATSON, CHERRYBROOK, NSW ED: The Gould League is still going, fulfilling its mission to help children understand and enjoy the natural environment. It was named in honour of John and Elizabeth Gould, who feature in our budgerigar story on page 66 of this issue. GOOD OL’ DAYS I enjoyed your story about Kangaroo Valley (A…

1 min

In May, we brought you the good news that glossy black-cockatoo chicks had begun hatching among the burnt landscapes of Kangaroo Island. Here’s what you had to say: ELIZABETH HANNAH That is fantastic news, new life aft er all the devastation. Great work by Mother Nature and humans giving such vital support. ANDREW BRADLEY Species react to extreme circumstances by increasing their reproductive antics. We love our glossy blacks here in the Bega Valley. Hopefully they will follow suit. VICKI FREER Seen quite a few today in some of the plantations here on Kangaroo Island. So good to see them. MARGARET ELLEN Amazing birds. So happy they are breeding despite the devastation to their habitat. JENNY ASHDOWN I am so relieved. Really hope every single creature rallies very soon. All so precious. PHOTO CREDITS, OPPOSITE PAGE: STATE LIBRARY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA;…