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Australian Geographic July - August 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

2 min
science week: not just for fun

AS WE GRAPPLE with the magnitude of the problems that beset our world and how best we should respond as individuals, scientists are beavering away, mostly unseen, seeking lasting solutions. Whether it be to address issues of climate change, sustainability, food security, health or a host of other human concerns, scientific research and the innovation it leads to are constantly propelling us forward. It might appear, to outsiders, to be a rarefied world of super-smart people in white coats working in sanitised laboratories, but each August science comes out to play and turns that impression on its head. National Science Week, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year, takes place around the country from 12–20 August with some 1000 events. These take place in schools, universities, libraries and institutions such…

1 min

Jury Rubeling-Kain is a photographer from the USA who is on a perpetual search for new ways that his storytelling and imagery can inspire a greater understanding of life. He’s led conservation projects in the USA’s Southwest, crewed on sailboats crossing the Pacific and volunteered in wildlife sanctuaries in Russia. In this issue he shares his firsthand experience of working as a gardener on a Kimberley cattle station (Station break, page 76). Bill Bachman contributed to Australian Geographic’s first issue, in 1986, and has since photographed more than 30 features for us. From 2011–2016 he was a lecturer and coordinator of the finalyear program in photojournalism at Melbourne’s Photography Studies College. He oversees judge training and development for the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. In this issue he explores South Australia’s…

3 min
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 HORSE-TRADING As a Yank who first visited Australia more than 20 years ago, I fell head over heels in love with your country. I arrived home after that first visit with an Akubra hat, a didgeridoo and a dog – typical tourist (except for the dog, who became my constant companion for the next 14 years). I have since been fortunate enough to visit many times in my capacity as a horse show judge. I happen to also write for a horse magazine here in the USA – Arabian Horse World. I was asked to do some writing for an Australian…

1 min
readers’ photos

Aries Tor by Mark Zareba After a very long and arduous day of hiking through the rugged Ramshead Range in the Snowy Mountains, we finally found the magical Aries Tor before us. Surrounded by silence, we patiently waited for sunset and weren’t disappointed. Great crested grebe family by Athena Georgiou This year, due to the unusual summer rains in Perth, these waterbirds bred late into the summer so I had quite a few opportunities to sit and watch them. Both male and female are vigilant parents, feeding and carrying their chicks around on their backs. Hopetoun Falls by Matt Pietkiewicz Getting here was tricky, to say the least. The rocks were slippery after the rain and the steep wooden stairs felt like they went on forever. But I have no regrets – this is another…

1 min
blades of glory

Few sights are more Aussie than a windmill silhouetted against a blazing sunset. Increasingly, however, these icons of the outback are being replaced by solarpowered pumps. Now the community of Penong on the Eyre Highway, SA, is determined to preserve this symbol of Australia’s agricultural heritage with a new museum dedicated to conserving old windmills. Entry is free and the museum can be found on the Eyre Highway in the town itself Dinkum Lingo Jump-up Jump-up is one of those bush expressions city folk just don’t know. It turns up in the centre of Australia, parts of Queensland and South Australia and in the far west of New South Wales. A jump-up is the point where a road or track rises abruptly from one level to another, as in “Aw, mate, we’ll never…

4 min
science masters

A PHYSICIST, AN ENGINEER and a medical researcher walk into an outback pub… That’s not the start of a bad joke, but a real scenario occurring during National Science Week in August – part of the Catch a Rising Star program that’s sending women scientists into remote communities in Queensland. It’s being run by University of Queensland biochemist Dr Maggie Hardy and Queensland University of Technology engineer Mathilde Desselle – and yes, they will be visiting country pubs. “You have to go and talk to the people where they are,” Maggie explains. “And in regional communities, the pub is the lifeblood of the community. “People love their trivia in Australia,” she adds, “so a trivia night with a science angle is a pretty cool way to promote science.” Catch a Rising Star is…