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Australian Geographic November - December 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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Breeding program ups the ante to save devils Devil Ark in Barrington Tops, NSW, plans to double its Tassie devil insurance population by 2020 in order to help save the species from extinction. Success for Australia’s first Dark-Sky Park Warrumbungle National Park, NSW, has been recognised as Australia’s first Dark-Sky Park. Great white shark deterrent almost 100 per cent effective One of the wearable ‘Shark Shields’ is almost 100 per cent e ective at deterring great white sharks. 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 Geographic Society Join now: www.australiangeographic.com.au CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY DEVIL ARK /Sarcophilus harrisi; NSW SES; RALPH ALPHONSO/Carcharodon carcharias;…

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talkb @ ck

On 30 July 1997 a devastating landslide in Thredbo led to the loss of 18 lives, while one was famously saved. Our readers shared their memories of that fateful day. TRISH CAMPBELL It seems like yesterday. Those of us who knew Barry were devastated when we became aware that he and his partner had lost their lives here. Along with so many others, we remember them. GEMMA WESTACOTT BLAIR Can’t believe it’s been that long. I still remember exactly where I was when I first heard about it. As kids we’d stay in a lodge next to one that was destroyed; it made what their loved ones were going through seem even more heartbreaking. BEV BUCHANAN It was one of those ‘where were you when it happened’ events. I remember sitting in the car park at…

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we appreciate your support!

IT’S BEEN A YEAR FILLED with adventure – from the landmark and hugely popular Trailblazers exhibition at the Australian Museum and the 21 weeks of events that went with it, to the AG Society Gala Awards and the success of three extraordinary, and very young, Aussies who achieved their exploration goals (see page 121). Encouraging Aussie adventure has been a 30-year commitment for AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC. Over that time, our annual grant-giving program has contributed more than $3 million to worthy conservation, community and adventure projects. It’s only through your subscriptions that we are able to fund these activities, and for that we sincerely thank you – I would particularly like to acknowledge those of you who have been with us since that very first edition, published in January 1986. Please help…

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Richard Scott is a freelance writer for a number of publications. After a stint in London, writing sport for The Times, he is currently based on the Gold Coast. He has been published in print and online, including FourFourTwo, FHM, Money and Cleo magazine, in addition to Australian Geographic Outdoor. His story on young polar adventurer Jade Hameister (page 38) marks his debut for AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC. Naomi Russo writes about art, history and science. In addition to contributing to national publications such as Country Style, Habitus and Smith Journal, she has written for international media, including The Atlantic, Atlas Obscura and Amuseum. Based in Sydney, Naomi volunteered at AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC in 2015, and was inspired to write about Hill End (page 84) after learning about the town’s plethora of talented locals. Jake…

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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 Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on the informative and well-presented journal you have been producing for the last 30 years. Yes, I do have them all, from AG 1 in 1986, and I enjoy reading them cover to cover. During this time, as a result of your advertising, I had two fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime adventures. In March 2008 I went to the Antarctic with Peregrine, where former associate editor Ken Eastwood presented me with an Australian Geographic T-shirt. This, I might add, I still wear today! Then, in July 2009, I went to the High Arctic, also with Peregrine.…

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readers’ photos

Clements Gap wind farm by Bill Doyle The shot was taken during a trip my friend and I took to photograph the wind farms at Snowtown and Clements Gap in the Barunga Range of SA. We regularly investigate the less well-known areas of the state, and, given SA’s status as the nation’s wind-power capital, ridge-line turbines are frequently on the itinerary! Rainbow bee-eater by Janis Otto I took this image at Fogg Dam Conservation Area, a 45-minute drive from Darwin in the NT. A er the Top End experienced one of its driest wet seasons on record, Fogg Dam was unusually dry and lacked the usual amount of wildlife activity. However, you could still find a variety of birds here, including this bee-eater (Merops ornatus). Among the gum trees by Sue Oliver I discovered this…