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Australian Geographic March - April 2018

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
all about the journey

YOU CAN hardly turn on the TV nowadays without stumbling across yet another celebrity-hosted travel series. There seems, in particular, to be a plethora of personalities criss-crossing the globe by train, gushing about the romance of steam or the role of railways in forging the economies of modern nations. I confess to being a fan of former British MP Michael Portillo’s railway series on SBS. His passion for the subject is infectious (and his wardrobe choices entertaining) as he explores the UK by train, clutching his faded Victorian-era travel guide Bradshaw’s Handbook. Long before this proliferation of rail travel documentaries there was a milestone BBC series that set the bar for the genre – Great Railway Journeys of the World. Among the five episodes that were broadcast back in 1980 was writer…

3 min
notes from the field

OUR EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, Chrissie Goldrick, fulfilled a long-held dream when she travelled to Antarctica in March last year on an Australian Geographic Society expedition with a group of AG subscribers. Although already a highly experienced stills photographer, this was Chrissie’s first attempt at shooting video while on assignment. Her filming efforts caught the attention of a subadult king penguin chick in the massive rookery at Salisbury Plain on South Georgia. “The chick took either an exception or a liking to me and my tripod – I couldn’t really tell – but much of what I filmed there is dominated by the sound of its cawing,” Chrissie says with a laugh. “I moved away several times, knowing the rules about wildlife and hoping to avoid being constantly pecked on the leg, but it…

1 min
island life

Home to active volcanoes and a multitude of natural wonders, adrenalin-fuelled activities, luxury accommodation, delicious cuisine and more, the Hawaiian Islands truly are an adventurer’s paradise. With six major islands to explore – Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the Island of Hawaii – there’s no shortage of unique experiences on off er. Amazing dive spots, lava tours, word-class surf and lush rainforests are only just the beginning. What will you do first? “Amazing dive spots, lava tours, worldclass surf and lush rainforests are only the beginning.” Five things to do in Hawaii Diving From shore dives to wreck dives, reef dives and more, Hawaii is an absolute scuba paradise. Halema’uma’u crater Witness the stunning glow from this unique destination within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – an active crater concealing a lava lake. Maui waterfalls Maui is home…

4 min
your say

Featured Letter FENCE-CROSSING MEMORY I enjoyed the article Faces of the fence in the Nov–Dec 2017 issue (AG 141), about Australia’s Rabbit-Proof Fence, but was disappointed that no mention was made of surveyor Alfred Canning who surveyed the route for the fence. This 1968 photo (right) of my colleague David Chudleigh is at the point where the fence then crossed the Talawana Track (Newman to Windy Corner). Note the fence mileage “679” under David’s arm and the overloaded vehicle with a tuckerbox and swag on the roof due to the presence in the cabin of a 44-gallon drum of petrol that we were taking out to Well 23 – a fuel drop for our subsequent trip up the Canning Stock Route (see AG 12). RUSSELL WENHOLZ, HOLT, ACT WRITE TO US! Send us a…

1 min
water of life

This is the Albert River in Queensland, which winds past Burketown and into the Gulf of Carpentaria. The shot was taken just south of the Burketown Boat Ramp, which can be seen at the top right of the image. The ramp is a popular spot for fishing – although fishers must keep a wary eye out for the huge saltwater crocodiles that are often seen here. This area of the Gulf Country is notable for its millions of hectares of salt pans, most of which belong to the Gangalidda and Garawa peoples. See page 74 for more on the Savannah Way, which passes through Burketown.…

4 min
walking across australia for a wager

IT WAS 1931 AND unemployment in Australia had skyrocketed to 28 per cent. Before dawn one June morning, Louis Victor Atkins, an unemployed chef and returned soldier, walked 20km from Bankstown, in Sydney’s south-west, to the city centre for a job interview. According to the Western Argus, he didn’t get the job and was “standing on the steps in a dejected mood” when he encountered two well-dressed businessmen condemning “all and sundry of the unemployed”, especially returned soldiers. Upon hearing their remarks, Atkins explained his situation but, according to The Sunday Times, they declared “no digger would walk 10 yards for a job”. Furious, Atkins retorted: “Bet me 50 quid to a bob and I will walk to Perth, and do it in seven months.” THIS IS THE STORY of how Atkins…