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Australian Geographic July - August 2016

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/issue133 Australian named Arctic Photographer of the Year Aussie Joshua Holko has won five medals, including Arctic Photographer of the Year, at the Global Arctic Awards. See more of his winning images online. Welcome to croc country We wrestle the saltwater crocodile facts from the fiction, including how to stay safe in croc country. Rare breeding success for world’s smallest glider Five tiny feathertail glider joeys have been born at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. ACTIVATE YOUR WEB ACCESS EXCLUSIVE CONTENT Three decades of AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC at your fingertips! Subscribers have access to all of these great features: Entire digital archive of the magazine Exclusive videos and documentary series Interactive maps 10% discount at the AG shop Membership to the Australian…

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the power in our hands

EARLIER this year it seemed, at least here in Sydney, that the long summer of 2015–16 would never end. Even during a year with ‘normal’ weather patterns, we’re blessed with more days of sunshine than most other nations. We ought to be a world leader in adopting clean energy, particularly from solar panels, but we lag behind countries such as Germany and Belgium, which are much more frequently overcast. Despite this, we boast the world’s highest per-capita use of domestic, rooftop solar panels, and it’s this quiet revolution at the consumer level that seasoned environment writer Sara Phillips investigates in her first feature for AG (page 84). Meet the ordinary Australians taking power into their own hands and outpacing our politicians and business leaders in their commitment and drive to transition…

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Jack Murphy is a photographer and journalist specialising in marine environments. A fanatical fisherman, his passion for marine conservation and communication has sent him all over the country – from the windy, rugged cliffs near Eaglehawk Neck in Tassie, to the farthest reaches of the Great Barrier Reef in far north Queensland. This assignment on flatback turtles is his first for AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC (page 44). Sara Phillips is an award-winning editor and journalist. She is currently the ABC’s national environment reporter covering stories across TV, radio and online. Previously Sara was editor of G Magazine, a green lifestyle title, and deputy editor of Cosmos, a science magazine. When not writing about the environment, she can be found cycling or puzzling over cryptic crosswords (page 84). Brett Jarrett has been a professional artist…

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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 The article about the history of the pushbike in Australia (Freedom of the road, AG 130) reminded me of a story my father told me. The champion bike rider of his time, Hubert Opperman, affectionately known as ‘Oppy’, was backed by the equally famous entrepreneur Bruce Small, creator of the popular Malvern Star, a bike I eventually owned. Dad was standing by a gravel and dirt road waiting and watching for Oppy, who was on his way to Sydney from Melbourne. When he came into view, he was riding doggedly with gritted teeth shining through a determined, dirt-covered face on…

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readers’ photos

Carpet python by Jasmine Vink We stumbled across this particularly stunning individual while walking a creek in search of wildlife near Cooktown in northern Queensland. I used a modified fish-eye lens so I could get close to my subject and still capture the surrounding habitat. I really enjoy the distortion this lens gives to the photograph. Australian pelican by Matthew Jones I set out to photograph the fishing behaviour of great and little pied cormorants using a floating hide. Not wanting to disturb the local waterfowl, I was in position before first light. As the roosting birds awoke and started feeding, this collective of Australian pelicans noticed the hide and paddled over for a closer look. Second Valley by Kevin Anderson As a boy I used to fish at Second Valley, in South Australia’s Fleurieu…

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a blizzard of budgies

I DROVE THROUGH the desert searching the horizon for flocking birds – wild budgies are green, and they stand out against the red land and blue sky of the outback. Eventually I found a waterhole littered with little feathers and droppings. I returned just before dawn. It was silent, but as the sun rose the tweets of thousands of birds could be heard in the distance. Small clouds of birds grew bigger. It wasn’t long before the sky was filled with thousands of fluttering budgies – as many as 80,000 – a green tornado circling around the waterhole. Dinkum lingo WITH FRANK POVAH Where the pelican builds her nest/flies THE MYTHICAL “somewhere out back of beyond” where grass and water abound was so described in a poem by Mary Hannay Foott (1846–1918). If you’re…