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Australian Geographic September - October 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

2 min
where inspiration lives

INSPIRATION has always been a large part of what AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC is about and it’s in abundance throughout this issue. You’ll be moved and motivated by the story of young Aussie aviator Ryan Campbell, who spoke exclusively to AG about his remarkable recovery from the traumatic injuries he received during an air crash three years ago (see page 42). Ryan, who’s used the life-changing accident in a positive way to reshape his career, was AG’s 2013 Young Adventurer of the Year. He’s one of the best exponents I know of the ‘never say never’ attitude that exemplifies the adventuring spirit we acknowledge each year at our annual awards. In fact, the theme of inspiration is never as clear to me as when we are considering the nominations for our annual awards,…

3 min
notes from the field

“I HAVE A FAIRLY decent set of sea legs,” record-breaking solo around-the-world sailor Jessica Watson said in a massive understatement when she returned from assignment to the Recherche Archipelago, located in the wild Southern Ocean (page 64). “But even so, I was still impressed by the powerful southern swell that runs through the archipelago!” One of the great adventurers of her generation, Jessica was inspired by the sense of pioneering spirit instilled by the archipelago and watched enthralled as the formidable waves crashed into and swept up the smooth granite surfaces of its islands. We sent her with long-time AG photographer David Dare Parker to this remote part of the world, off Western Australia’s southern coast, to explore how it’s changed in the quarter of a century since we last did…

1 min
featured letter

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. WRITE TO US! Send us a great letter about AG or a relevant topic for the chance to be our featured letter and win an AG T-shirt. PLASTIC CONCERNS Our names are Hannah and Holly and we are writing to you from All Saints College Bathurst. In our Year 9 Geography class we are learning all about the shocking effects of plastic pollution on our environment, waterways and oceans. We have deep concerns around the future of our planet. Did you know that 100 million marine animals are killed every year due to plastic debris or that every piece of plastic ever produced still…

4 min
your say

WOOLLY FEELINGS I was greatly encouraged to read the article on wool (AG 145). Agriculture is part of the geographical landscape, and in Australia it seems farmers are undervalued. They’re either seen as environmental vandals or peasants and it’s refreshing to see a good news piece about farming. A farmer myself, I have also been encouraged by the visiting speakers that the local Stock and Station Agent organised recently for its annual dinner. They were adventurers who were supported by the Australian Geographic Society. They lifted the hearts and spirits of farmers and their partners as they narrated their audacity in setting themselves a challenge and persevering to achieve it. I refer to the duo who kayaked across the Tasman (Cas and Jonesy) and the solo adventurer who rode from Mongolia to…

1 min

In July, we reported on feral cats preying on Leadbeater’s possums as they left nest-box replacements. Here’s what you said: JASON MCKIERNAN I hope cat owners realise “feral cat” includes your pet cat if you let it free-range. DAVID MARRISON All cats should be kept in their owner’s yard and not allowed to roam and kill our native wildlife and spread toxoplasmosis to wildlife, people and livestock. STEVE CROSS Maybe an alarm…once something heavier than a Leadbeater’s gets on top, it sprays citric acid on it. Cats will learn those boxes are bad news. RENEE KAYTONA All cat owners should keep them on their own property just like responsible dog owners. If you want a pet, be responsible people. Our environment needs it. RYAN WADEY Unfortunately for cats it’s their natural instinct. It’s a shame cat owners don’t have to…

1 min
girt by sea

It’s a phrase we often sing but rarely utter in conversation. That didn’t stop two Perth photographers, Denis Glennon and Tony Hewitt, from taking to the skies to find out what “girt by sea” really means. The pair embarked on an epic circumnavigation of Australia in a pint-sized light aircraft, taking off from Western Australia’s Jandakot Airport and flying 26,000km anticlockwise around the mainland coastline for 31 days. “It was a voyage of discovery akin to the explorers of old,” Denis says. “There’s lots of planning and preparation with a trip of this scale, but ultimately it’s instinct and curiosity that led to us taking the images. We had an expectation of what we might see, courtesy of Google Earth, but what we actually saw blew us out of our…