Kimberley National Park

Photo: John Benwell, Aboriginal Rock Art created by the Wunambal people at Wary Bay, Bigge Island Western Australia – The Kimberley is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Remote and rugged, the sandstone landscape is spectacular with ancient gorges, pristine beaches and wide horizons. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/D48H6Mx3i6XvFwrM9 Fitzroy Crossing Fitzroy Crossing straddles the …

Quolls

Photo Quolls are carnivorous marsupials native to mainland Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. They are primarily nocturnal and spend most of the day in a den. Embedded Tweets Quoll identified as mystery critter that has been breaking into Cairns bottle shop – ABC News https://t.co/EqhchTiQqw — Ann Jones (@jones_ann) June 3, 2020 Indigenous peoples used …

Budj Bim National Park and Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site

Photo: Mertie Budj Bim or Mount Eccles is an extinct volcano near Macarthur in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Budj Bim is also the Gunditjmara name, meaning High Head. The roughly conical shaped peak rises 178 meters (584 feet). The World Heritage Centre has formally accepted for assessment the nomination for the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape as …

South Australia

Photo: Royston Rascals, Heysen Trail South Australia is Australia’s third-largest state covering 984,400 square kilometers (380,000 square miles). The majority of the state’s population live in Adelaide. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/DhHrTbVPCZ4oZfJQ7 Geology South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula is home to some of the oldest rocks on the planet. Geoscience Australia used a specialized microprobe known to identify …

Brisbane

Photo: David Kan, City Botanic Gardens Brisbane or ‘Brizzie’ is the capital and most populous city of Queensland. With a population of nearly 2 million, this is the third largest city in Australia. Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate. FYI – Brisbane has more species of plants, animals, and insects than any other capital city …

Murray-Darling Basin

Photo: Tim J Keegan, Riverina Irrigation The Murray-Darling basin covers 14% of Australia’s land mass generates 40% of the country’s income derived from agricultural production. Its name is derived from its two major rivers, the Murray River and the Darling River. It spans most of the states of New South Wales and Victoria, the Australian Capital …

Bushfires in Australia (2020)

MyWatch Screenshot @Landgate Rolling coverage of the bushfires in Australia Headlines Bushfires leave 470 plants and 200 animals in dire straits – government analysis The history of fire in Australia — and how it can help us face the bushfires of the future https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-19/australia-bushfires-how-heat-and-drought-created-a-tinderbox/11976134</a https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-03/inside-the-australian-bushfires-crisis/11890458 Tourism hit by bushfire crisis After the inferno Australia snubs …

Aboriginal and Indigenous Australia

Photo: Tribal Warrior Human occupation of Australia started about 65,000 years ago with successive waves of immigration from south and southeast Asia. Archaeologists continue to revise the date of early settlements. Today Aboriginal Australians conserve the oldest culture in the world. The word ‘Aboriginal’ has appeared in the English language since the 17th century and means ‘first or earliest …

New South Wales

Byron Bay Lighthouse New South Wales is in the southeast of Australia with the Pacific Ocean to the East, Queensland to the north and Victoria to the south. Google Maps goo.gl/maps Flora Waratahs (Telopea speciosissima) belong to the genus Telopea, in the Proteaceae family. The plant is native to a small area of the central …

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Photo: Brittglow, School of fish Australia – The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. The reef is the largest natural feature on earth and stretches more than 2,300 kilometers off the coast of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is managed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Key …