Still life with Lighthouse and Kangaroo, Southern Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Aussie ABC – K is for Kangaroo!

The ubiquitous Kangaroo is such an integral part of the landscape downunder that its iconic silhouette universally symbolises Australia. Yet to many of us Aussies they’re so commonplace we no longer marvel at the amazingly intricate biological system within this unique and oddly shaped animal. AND we roll our eyes at the tourists who gleefully pose for kangaroo souvenir shots.[…]

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Aussie ABC – J is for Jabiru!

 Close up of Jabiru at Lake Argyle, Western Australia Although non-birdwatching Aussies refer to stately and elegant Black-necked Stork as ‘Jabiru’, any twitcher* worth her/his salt will immediately recognise this to be technically incorrect. And will probably take great delight in boring you to death by telling you so – and why.    If unlucky enough to be on[…]

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Mounts Gower and Lidgbird, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Aussie ABC – I is for Islands!

  I’ve spent my entire life on Islands large and small. But only if you count Australia! Some say it’s the world’s biggest island, some the smallest continent, others don’t actually care … But me? Of COURSE it’s an island! Anything to add more bragging rights another world class experience to my loud, proud Aussie portfolio! But while my devotion[…]

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Looking towards the coast from the Eungella Plateau, Queensland

Aussie ABC – H is for Holiday

‘Now you’ve ‘done’ Australia, are you going overseas?’ If Pilchard and I had a dollar for every time we’ve been asked that question, it’d pay for a round-the-world ticket! BUT … the answer would still be the same …   Don’t get me wrong. I’ve got nothing against the concept of ‘overseas’ – after all, I was born, and have[…]

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Brachina Gorge, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia*

Aussie ABC – G is for Gorge

  Gorging yourself silly in OZ doesn’t mean what you’re probably thinking it means.   For a start, I’m not even talking about food – although you haven’t lived until you’ve eaten at a fine OZ bakery – but I digress! No, I’m talking about gorges. OZ is riddled with them. And in some parts, you can’t swing a long-tailed[…]

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Plesiosaur at the Stone House Museum, Boulia

Aussie ABC – F is for Fossils!

The ancient landscape of OZ, eroded by time, long disappeared sea beds and a harsh climate has given rise to weirdly unique and bizarre creatures. Well … their remains, anyway! I knew this. But I DIDN’T know the present day Outback fossil fields near northwest Queensland’s Richmond, would engender a creature more fantastic than any of them. And I was[…]

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Aussie ABC – E is for Emu!

Emus near Quilpie, Outback Queensland The Australian emu*(Dromaius novaehollandiae**) is arguably the most highly evolved bird on the planet.  Or perhaps even in the universe! But whether or not you agree may well depend on your gender … After mating, the female emu sticks around just long enough to lay the eggs, with the male in attendance night and day.  Then[…]

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Sand Dune Survivor, Windorah QLD

Aussie ABC – D is for Dune!

It’ll take massive advances in virtual reality to develop a lounge-room based version of ‘sand dune sports’ – if it ever can be! BUT for the moment, pretty much the only way to slide down, climb up, frolic in, pose on, admire, photograph or otherwise enjoy the dunes of Australia in their many guises, is to actually visit them. Luckily,[…]

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Aussie ABC – C is for Crocodile!

Books of etiquette and protocol offer no guidance on what to wear to a crocodile viewing. So who’s to say that the young woman outfitted as the diabolical love child of Heidi and Morticia Addams was dressed inappropriately for our Adelaide River ‘Jumping Croc’ tour near Darwin?   The fitted black stretch shrug over the tight black lace top tucked[…]

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Aussie ABC – B is for Bushranger!

Kenniff Monument, Mitchell QLD What do Aussies call a person who a) makes a living from criminal activity; b) is on the run from the law; c) is likely armed and dangerous; d) lives outside mainstream society; and e) has probably killed – most likely police officers? WRONG! Not a murdering psychopath!!  Guess again!  NO! Not a terrorist! And[…]

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