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Australian Geographic May - June 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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escape on the ultimate wildlife safari adventure

WILDLIFE SAFARI, the luxury travel company, presents the ultimate wildlife safari – the most exciting, value-for-money safari available today. It’s a nine day luxury Kenya safari visiting three unique and diverse wildlife sanctuaries. After arriving in Nairobi, you will stay overnight at the Nairobi Serena Hotel before setting off to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya. Enjoy two exciting days of game viewing and continue into the Great Rift Valley for exceptional bird and game viewing in the Lake Nakuru National Park, home to a black and white rhino breeding sanctuary. Finally, spend three days of unsurpassed game viewing in the great Masai Mara, the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa, with its majestic herds and great prides of lion. It’s then a short domestic flight from the…

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the ultimate wildlife safari

THE NINE_DAY KENYA luxury safari visits three unique and diverse wildlife sanctuaries and is the perfect safari for couples, friends and families. Visit the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, search for black and white rhino, observe bird life on Lake Elmenteita and enjoy unsurpassed game viewing in the famous and beautiful Masai Mara. Includes: • 8 nights accommodation, twin share • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on safari • All ground transport by custom-built Wildlife Safari 4WD vehicle • Domestic flight from Masai Mara to Nairobi • Services of the finest guides, all park and wildlife sanctuary fees, government taxes and statutory charges Cost: from $5650 pp twin share Conditions apply For more details and to book, contact Wildlife Safari at 1800 998 558, or info@wildlifesafari.com.au. For more information, visit: www.wildlifesafari.com.au…

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beyond the mystery

IT’S MORE THAN 80 years since the last known Tasmanian tiger died in Hobart Zoo in September 1936,_but the mystique surrounding this officially extinct and peculiar Australian animal only grows. We all love a mystery and this one is as shrouded in mist as is its last-known stronghold, deep in the forests of the Tassie wilderness. Sightings of Tassie tigers, or thylacines, are fairly commonly reported but conclusive evidence is harder to come by, which only seems to fan the ardour of dedicated tiger seekers. In this issue we meet the passionate people who refuse to believe in the permanent demise of this sad emblem of European colonisation’s destructive impact on Australia’s native biodiversity. That the Hobart Zoo couldn’t save the hapless creature says more about a fate already sealed than…

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Jeremy Bourke is a career journalist who’s written news, motoring, travel and even showbiz articles for newspapers and magazines. Now, as a.freelance writer and editor, he seeks out less-travelled roads and trails, particularly in mountainous regions. For his feature based in.far north Queensland (see page 54), he sampled the rainforests south and west of Cairns during the Wet, when the power of the.region’s natural forces is at its greatest. Ed Scholes brings us insight on Australia’s stunning riflebirds (see page 38) as no-one else can. This scientist, explorer and author is co-founder and leader of the Birds-of-Paradise Project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He’s been travelling to Australasia to locate, document and study these birds for nearly two decades. Along with photographer Tim Laman, he is the author of the…

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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. DROP US A LINE! Send us a great letter about AG or a topic of interest to you for a chance to win an AG backpack and bumbag. Featured Letter MODERN-DAY EXPLORER The article on Dirk Hartog Island (AG 134) stirred fond memories for me. The following is an entry from the log of the captain of RAN Corvette HMAS Pirie: “16th January 1945 at 1145hrs Pirie dropped anchor in Turtle Bay.” I was a serving member of Pirie’s crew. We had sailed north from Fremantle in exercises with US submarines USS Bashaw and USS Pampanito. At the end of the exercises we entered Shark…

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readers’ photos

Apostles stormy sunset by Mark Iommi It was a blustery spring evening at the 12 Apostles, the wind so strong in places it was di­ cult to stand. But the Apostles had been on my wish list for a while, so I found a reasonably sheltered spot on the southern viewing platform and set up my tripod. Patternless delma by Peter Soltys Known as the patternless or common delma (Delma inornata), this small reptile is a very fast and elusive lizard. Yes, you read correctly, it’s a lizard, not a snake. It grows to a length of about 10cm and, unlike most other lizards, does not have functional legs. New Holland honeyeater by Ken Gri­ ths Southern Australia’s New Holland honeyeater is one of our most common birds. During spring the species can form large, chattering groups that…