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Australian Geographic March-April 2021

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
take a journey

IT WAS MORE BY serendipity than design that this edition of AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC features a collection of stories about journeys. At least I thought so, especially given the enormous challenges of getting our writers and photographers out into the field during the past 12 months. But I have come to realise it was likely driven by a subconscious restlessness and a need to move freely again, to explore beyond the known and step, once more, into the unknown. After all, adventure is in our DNA, as we like to say here at AG. That spirit of adventure drives us all in one way or another whether we know it or not. It’s really only when we take those roads less travelled and venture beyond our comfort zones that we grow and…

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✓ Free VIP membership to the QBD Books Customer Loyalty Program…

2 min
adventures close to home

Elspeth Callender has been a travel writer for more than a decade but has devoted very little of that time to her home state of lutruwita (Tasmania). “Being confined to the island for much of the past 12 months has really shifted the way I understand the place. wukalina Walk (page 50), and my research for the piece, introduced me to many of the broad range of people who make up lutruwita’s First Nations community. They are beautiful, determined, strong, fascinating people who, against all odds, maintain culture and are developing innovative ways to connect with and share that culture,” Elspeth says. “In an effort to create a piece of writing that’s culturally sensitive, appropriately nuanced and respectful to all readers, I consulted with Jam Graham-Blair – a Trawlwoolway and…

5 min
your say

Featured Letter TAIPAN MEMORIES Recently I was discussing with my older brother an incident that happened when I was just 11 years old. As a Grade Six student at Hughesdale Primary School, I was fortunate to attend weekly half-day horticultural classes at the State Schools’ (Plant) Nursery, situated next to the railway line at Hughesdale. I recalled that one day in the late winter of 1950, Mr Murnane, the director of the nursery, informed our class of a recently captured taipan sent down from Queensland and that he had the opportunity to view it at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, where it was held in a glass-topped box to be ‘milked’ for its venom in the hope of enabling an antivenene to be produced. Imagine my surprise a few days ago, on opening…

1 min
capturing culture

“GHOSTLY FIGURES dance to the haunting sounds of the yidaki [Yolnu for didgeridoo]. Emu feathers flow as painted bodies float atop the sandy landscape. Embracing the movements, feeling the moment, allows me to paint the mystical compositions in tranquil shadows. This photo represents an artwork within an artwork, stories within stories, this is culture in its purest form,” says pre-eminent Indigenous photographic artist Adjunct Professor Wayne Quilliam of this image from his new book, Culture is Life. Through his work as artist, curator and cultural adviser, Wayne has garnered international recognition with more than 300 exhibitions. Among his many career highlights to date he was named 2009 NAIDOC Indigenous Artist of the Year, and has received a Walkley Award for photojournalism and the Human Rights Media Award. Tasmanian-born Wayne says he…

5 min
finding a lost city

STUDENTS FROM MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY, Sydney, have been helping to rewrite the history books by uncovering ancient artefacts at the 3000-year-old site of a long-lost city in the Middle East known as Khirbet el-Rai. The site, surrounded by farmlands and orchards, occupies just 1.7ha of a hilltop in the foothills of a mountain range in southern Israel that leads up to Jerusalem, near the town of Kiryat Gat. A team from Macquarie, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem began excavating there in 2015, carefully extracting dozens of complete pottery vessels dating back to the 11th century BCE. The antiquity of these finds was initially indicated by similarities in shape and form of the pottery pieces with those of known ages from elsewhere throughout the region, but the age…