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Australian Geographic January - February 2017

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

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The content doesn’t end with this issue of the journal. You’ll find thousands more articles, images and videos online. Discover all the stories highlighted here at: australiangeographic.com.au/issue136 See all the winners in the Nikon Small World contest The rarely seen, amazing microscopic world is celebrated with these winning images from Nikon’s 2016 Small World Photomicrography Competition. Rock shelter is earliest evidence of people in outback Aboriginal people had arrived in the interior by 49,000 years ago, reveals a series of new archaeological finds. New frog discovered in remote north Queensland The Cape York graceful tree frog from far north Queensland has previously evaded scientists. FLOWER: SAMUEL SILBERMAN; MAN: DAVID MCLAIN/GETTY IMAGES; CAPE YORK FROG: JANNICO KELK / Litoria bella; GREEN TREE FROG: BIDGEE / WIKIMEDIA / Litoria caerulea; *In some australian states you are required to have…

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conflicting perspectives

A FEW YEARS ago, on an Australian Geographic scientific expedition to the Simpson Desert, I was, literally, stopped in my tracks by a dingo. The lithe, strawcoloured dog ran onto the red track I was barrelling along and proceeded to trot in front of the four-wheel-drive for a kilometre or so. After a while it stopped and turned its head, holding my gaze for a few moments, before bounding off into the spinifex. This encounter came back vividly when I saw the wonderful photograph by Jason Edwards that opens our major feature on dingoes (page 62). The eye contact I experienced that day thrilled and chilled me in equal measure, and my reaction goes right to the heart of the dingo conundrum – intelligent wild animal, in need of our protection,…

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Kristen Alexander is passionate about aviation history and has been writing about pilots since 2002. Based in Canberra, she and husband David run a second-hand bookstore. Kristen is currently researching her PhD thesis on the experiences of Australians in Stalag Luft III, a German prisoner-of-war camp. Taking Flight, Kristen’s fifth book, details the life of Aussie aviatrix Lores Bonney (page 54). Jessica Watson became a household name in 2010 when, at 16, she became the youngest person to sail around the world solo and unassisted. For her efforts she was awarded the AG Society’s Young Adventurer of the Year Award. Jess has since completed a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University, Victoria, and a Masters of Business Administration. This assignment for the journal saw Jess visit Norfolk Island (page 86) for the first…

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your say

MAILBAG WELCOMES FEEDBACK Send letters, including an address and phone number, to editorial@ausgeo.com.au or to Australian Geographic, GPO Box 4088, Sydney, NSW 2001. Letters will be edited for length and clarity. Featured Letter TRIPPING OUT Firstly, I want to congratulate you on the standard of excellence maintained from AG 1. You’ve opened up Australia for all to see and your library of stories makes planning trips easy. The second thing I want to address are your fossil dig scientific expeditions to Mongolia. I’ve now been on three AG trips, including China Dinosaurs in 2013, and I am booked to join editor John Pickrell on the Dinosaurs of Argentina in 2017. I had the good fortune to be a member of the first group of volunteers to the Gobi in 2015 and the second in September…

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readers’ photos

Clare Valley, South Australia by Jacqui Barker I was working at Rawnsley Park station in the Flinders Ranges and I had a few days off so I decided to go for a drive through the Clare Valley. I had seen a beautiful image of Molly’s Chase, and wanted to see it for myself. Late one afternoon I turned the car around to start heading home and noticed the sunlight filtering through the trees. ue dragon feeding on hydroids by Bill Kuiper I was diving at Bass Point near Shellharbour, NSW, when I came across this blue dragon nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina). I was at a reef site called The Gutter, which is an entry point to a larger dive area. Bass Point is widely considered to be one of the best dive spots in…

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mungadal station

“After three days of flying my drone over the rural NSW town of Hay in September, I was lucky to catch Mungadal station at shearing time. Mungadal is a large-scale breeding property, which specialises in the production of high-quality sheep and lambs. They were in the process of shearing 52,000 sheep – part of which I captured here. Recent rains combined with periods of mild, sunny weather had resulted in perfect growing conditions for pasture and the best season since 2012.” Dinkum Lingo WITH FRANK POVAH Bandicoot BANDICOOT HAS its origins in India, from the Telugu word for a type of large rat. In Australia it is used in a number of ways, including ‘to bandicoot’ – to steal without leaving a trace, a reference to skilled thieves (who, like their namesake, could take…