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Australian Geographic September - October 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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Trapped inside a jellyfish Byron Bay photographer Tim Samuel didn’t quite know what he was seeing when he snapped this incredible image of a fish in a very unusual predicament. Blog: Zebra finches, the lab rats with feathers Only the great tit of Eurasia is more studied than Australia’s multi-patterned zebra finch. Seven new species of peacock spider discovered A Sydney scientist has discovered seven new species of peacock spiders – renowned for their courtship dances. 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 FREE Australian GEOGRAPHIC Sign up to the Australian Geographic email newsletter on our homepage and we’ll deliver fresh content to your…

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high achievers all

THERE’S so much to celebrate this month at AG. We heartily congratulate the overall winner, category winners, runners-up and those with shortlisted images in the 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition (formerly known as ANZANG). Our annual photo festival, run by the South Australian Museum, just keeps growing – and this year’s exhibition will now come to a prestigious new venue: the Australian Museum in Sydney. We are especially thrilled to feature a fine portrait of a green tree python on our cover, taken by Brodie James, a talented 15-year-old entrant in the junior section. On the subject of youth, we had so many great achievements by young adventurers this year that, for the first time, we have released a shortlist of three for the 2016 Young Adventurer…

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Brian Cassey was born in London but now calls Cairns home. Brian works as a freelance photographer and has covered a variety of subjects, including: tsunamis, cyclones, refugees, and the World Economic Forum riots in Melbourne. His work in Australian indigenous communities has been recognised with numerous awards, including a Walkley nomination. He has won two Walkley awards, as well as a host of other photography prizes (page 86). Amy Middleton is the former online editor of and a longtime contributor to AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC. She is a Melbourne-based journalist and the founding editor of Archer Magazine and she also produces a community radio show on 3CR. She has written and edited for many magazines and websites including: The Bulletin, Rolling Stone, Cosmos, The Guardian, Wheels and Daily Life (page 28). Quentin Chester…

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your say

September . October 2016 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 WALKING ON THE MOON Thank you for your article on Australian space milestones (AG 132). As I browsed the page I noted the photograph of Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station. My father, Hamish Lindsay, was a technician at HSK, as it was known, and actually took that photo of the station in 1968 (page 25). He was involved in all the Gemini and Apollo missions, Skylab and the deep-space era. He has a photo of the HSK antenna tracking Apollo 11 just before Neil Armstrong took his first step onto the lunar surface. He told me the station’s director…

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readers’ photos

Eastern yellow robin by Beau Meney I headed out to Melbourne’s east to get among the towering mountain ash forests of the Dandenong Ranges. I soon found a pair of eastern yellow robins clinging to the bark of eucalypts and scoping out prey. This one was very comfortable with me, often landing at my feet and once even flying over my shoulder, almost brushing my face. Golden days by Sarah Kruithoff This stunning fringed wattle lies in the Cranbourne Royal Botanical Gardens of Victoria. I took this photo to showcase the beauty of wattle trees, with their golden flowers glowing in the day’s sun between winter and spring, and the atmosphere they create throughout woodland and eucalyptus forests. National Wattle Day is 1 September. Red and blue beetle by Richard Flesfadar I saw this little 8mm beetle as…

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wallaman falls

SUNRISE at Wallaman Falls in Girringun National Park, south-west of Ingham, Queensland. These spectacular falls make a 268m plunge down a sheer cliff to create Australia’s tallest single-drop waterfall. They are most dramatic during the wet season, but are an awe-inspiring spectacle yearround. This sealed access road showcases the diversity of the landscape as it travels through sugarcane fields, transitions to grazing land, and then winds up through rainforest with views all the way to the coast. Dinkum fingo WITH FRANK POVAH Raw prawn (to come the) THIS IS A dinky-di Aussie expression that looks set never to leave us. From the 19th century onwards, a prawn was a gullible fool. Then sometime around the 1930s or ’40s the adjective was added, and raw prawn was used to describe any sort of snide operation…