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Australian Geographic November - December 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

1 min
exploring the white continent

In early February of last year I ventured to the stunning, white continent for the tripof-a-lifetime. The wild terrain of Antarctica is incomparable to anywhere else I have ever been, and I was taken aback by the sheer scale of its towering glaciers, vast icy landscapes and surreal remoteness. As a corner of the planet seldom travelled to, it was awe-inspiring to experience the dazzling sunlight breaking over iridescent icebergs and to see the enormous ice shelves and untouched mountains of this breathtaking region. The frozen and unperturbed expanses of Antarctica are home to the most unique array of wildlife on the planet, from penguin colonies, Antarctic fur seals and the lounging elephant seal, to the impressive humpback and minke whales. It’s hard to find words that adequately describe the astounding beauty of…

2 min
antarctica & south america

Awe-inspiring and remote, Antarctica is home to the most unique wildlife and untouched landscapes on Earth. Reawaken your inner adventurer on a luxurious Antarctica expedition cruise with APT, skimming past icebergs to meet curious wildlife. Enjoy gourmet food, flawless service and easy access to the wonders of Antarctica on the privately chartered Le Boreal. Use your ship’s fleet of Zodiac vessels to visit penguin rookeries, seal colonies, or even catch a glimpse of the majestic humpback and minke whales. See the stunning Lemeire Channel and Neko Bay as you travel through some of the Antarctic Peninsula’s most scenic bays and channels. Be guided to the most remote destinations by the world’s leading expedition professionals. Your Expedition Team is your avenue to adventure. With lectures and daily sightseeing briefings held throughout the cruise, your…

2 min
royal recognition

AS WE GO TO press with this issue we are also in full organisational swing for the AG awards. It’s always a busy time for us, but this year our excitement is through the roof as we prepare to welcome Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to our night of nights on 26 October. We are truly honoured to host the royal couple who will be here for the Invictus Games. Prince Harry will find himself among old friends such as Lifetime of Adventure recipient and polar guide Eric Philips and 2014 Spirit of Adventure winners Seamus Donaghue and Heath Jamieson, both wounded ex-servicemen. All four went to the South Pole together in 2013. Prince Harry is well known for his dedication to the physical and mental wellbeing…

3 min
notes from the field

“AS LONG AS I can remember, I’ve known that my mother’s uncle Gerard (‘Ger’ as he was known) had been a prisoner in Germany during World War I,” says historian and long-time AG contributor Alasdair McGregor, who wrote our Centenary of Armistice feature in this issue. “Although he lived into his 80s, I never managed to meet Ger. But researching Aftermath of War (page 88) prompted me to delve into his military record, and to my amazement, I discovered he was at the Battle of Fromelles, an important element in my story. “His war history then sent me in search of still more relatives of whom I had little or no knowledge.” What began as a routine AG assignment soon turned up an extensive family record of military service as Alasdair…

1 min
featured letter

LIFE IMITATES ART I could hardly believe my eyes, when reading AG 146 on our return from two months wandering this great country of ours. We are fortunate to be able to reach out-of-the-way places in our 4WD motorhome and meet wonderful people. One was the barmaid at the William Creek Hotel who enthused about seeing Marree Man (page 14) for the first time when she took a flight over the area from William Creek, a general aviation hub now in the harsh landscape north-west of Marree. The magazine also featured the Painted Desert (page 106), which we saw at sunrise after camping overnight at Arckaringa Station. We breakfasted near those glorious hills, with the colours framed in the window of the motorhome. And finally, the Silo Art Trail (left) of…

4 min
your say

RIDE ON! Thank you so much for your article On the Great East Trail Ride (AG 144), which was really funny, exciting and may even save my life. I was just remembering my own riding tours here in the Eifel [a low mountain range in western Germany] when the author told me about the small details that make Australia so very different from my own home country: dangerous snakes. I will come to Australia quite soon, maybe even to Victoria. I will remember this article before I get too casual and careless. SWANTJE BAUMGART, SEESTRASSE, BLANKENHEIM, GERMANY BANKS’ CONQUEST I’ve just read the interesting article on Sir Joseph Banks and his Florilegium (AG 145). The use of the word “conquest” on page 59 is interesting. The word, to my mind, conjures up such events as…