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Australian Geographic September - October 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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The content doesn’t end with this issue of the journal. You’ll find thousands more articles, images and videos online. Discover the stories highlighted here at: australiangeographic.com.au/issue140 Owls of Australia Australia is home to 11 species of owl that between them cover every state and territory. Our surprising kookaburras Most Australians know kookaburras as cheerful birds that visit the barbecue for a handout, but they also have an insidious side. Brittle stars: the little-known stars of the sea Scattered across ocean floors, brittle stars are the most abundant, but least-known, stars of the sea. ACTIVATE YOUR WEB ACCESS EXCLUSIVE CONTENT Three decades of AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC at your fingertips! Subscribers have access to the entire digital archive of AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC magazine. Join now: australiangeographic.com.au PHOTO CREDITS, MATT WRIGHT; GETTY; ROBERT ZUGARO; WIKICOMMONS…

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In June, Aussie wildlife warrior Steve Irwin was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here’s what you had to say: STEWART PARKER Well deserved. The best part of our trip to Australia was a visit to the zoo a year a. er Steve passed. Highly recommend a visit there if you happen to visit Australia. ELLY GILL Very well deserved. Steve will always be remembered for his work with wildlife. He was such a dedicated person. PAUL RAO We will remember his name and his message. One of a kind; plenty of imitators but the original is best. TONI AMBROSE He was a great showman and so enthusiastic about animals. A great loss. CAROL WHITBY Now I have a genuine reason for going back to the States.…

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go wild

PHOTOGRAPHY IS something we’re passionate about at AG. And when canvassed about why you subscribe to AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC, it’s often the beautiful photos you enthuse about most. They lie at the heart of our storytelling and often provide the hook that draws you in to read the rest of a story. They communicate and inspire. And we understand that a single photo can have the power to bring about positive change by highlighting pressing issues and potentially moving people to take action. As such, photos are vital for bringing conservation and environmental issues to light. It’s the fifth year of our partnership with the South Australian Museum’s annual photo competition, originally known as ANZANG and today called the AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC Nature Photographer of the Year. During that time, the contest has…

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OUR STORY Living with the locals (page 64) was produced specially for AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC by professors John Maynard and Victoria Haskins, based on their extensive research into the experiences of early Europeans – from convict escapees to shipwreck survivors – who lived with Aboriginal Australians. John Maynard is a Worimi man from the Port Stephens region of NSW, and co-director of the Purai Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies Centre at the University of Newcastle. He’s published on connections between Aboriginal political and social history; Indigenous political activism; Indigenous sporting history; and the history of colonisation. He is a former deputy chair of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Victoria Haskins is a professor in the University of Newcastle’s School of Humanities and Social Science and co-director of…

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your say september . october 2017

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 THE OPEN ROAD As a longtime subscriber to your beautiful magazine, it was a lovely surprise to read about the Kirrama Range Road (KRR) in the feature article Into the Wet (AG 138). For many years neglected by the ‘authoritarian powers’, the road was reopened after Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasi, in 2014. My eldest son, Ben de Bruin, was very much involved in the KRR Support Group, which had my support, too. I wrote this poem entitled ‘The People’s Road’ (see extract, right) about the KRR, which was published by some local papers and was also featured on the…

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readers’ photos

South-west woma by Ross McGibbon This rare and endangered south-west woma (Aspidites ramsayi) was photographed on the Peron Peninsula, WA. This non-venomous and virtually harmless python has almost disappeared from its original distributions in south-western Australia due to habitat destruction for agriculture and the introduction of feral animals. Werribee River by Andrew Hunter-Graham A long exposure shot of the Werribee River in patchy afternoon sunlight. This place feels as if it belongs in a di? erent part of Australia, but I am certainly glad it is here, close to Melbourne! Dawn of time, Ulur-u by Will Patino All my life I’ve been exposed to pictures of this icon, but nothing compares with standing in the presence of its ancient beauty. Just before sunrise, the sky ignited into an array of colour. I captured this long…