A heart full of wing beats04/24/15
The ten gallon hat has stains across its band from the last lambing season. He speaks with a slight whistle on his ‘esses’. He goes crook about modern art and the rabbit problem. But this man, who at first glance seems to be a hardened outback type,...
A bush walk in someone else's shoes
What if everything you had ever heard of Australian animals was about venomous spiders and snakes? Then, on your first trip into the forest you found an animal that smells like chestnut honey!?
Trout fisheries caught on the fly
Even though thousands of trout are released every year into Australian waters, some fly fishers say the fishery is in decline.
A cricket game on a cocklespit
Regional South Australian yacht club members don their thongs and play a game of tippity-cricket in the middle of the Spencer Gulf.
Science and silence in the life of a desert walker
Andrew Harper’s business card says that he is a 'desert walker'.
From unused pool to environmentally cool
Michael Gillings decided that he didn't want a pool in his backyard anymore. But rather than filling it in he has guided the pool back to nature, converting it into a pond bursting with all sorts of native creatures. These include his crowing...
The northern-hopping mouse builds its own house
The northern hopping-mouse not only builds it's own house, that house has secret entrances and is built in rhythm with the lunar cycle.
The pipes, the bagpipes are bushwalking
Being told to go outside and play still happens to those who play in pipe bands across Australia. But where do you go to practice the bagpipes?
Bitterns breed in riverina rice
Researchers are overjoyed that the globally endangered Australasian Bittern is breeding in NSW Riverina rice crops, but baffled by many of the behaviours of the enigmatic bird.
Flowerpot habitat creation
Flower pots for biodiversity.
Off Track all over
Open the door and step out into the great Australian outdoors with this new episode of Off Track.
Australia's cicada siren call
The sound of cicadas calling is accompanied in my memory by an icy-pole and the feeling of a soft drift of droplets hitting my arms from the trees above. Had I known I was being peed on by thousands of cicadas, I might not’ve committed the rosy memory...
Walking through heat haze and time
It seems that every coastal town you come across in South Australia, big or small, has a jetty - a finger pointed out to the ocean. The longest of them all is at Port Germein, where you can walk over one and a half kilometres out into the Spencer Gulf.
Saturday night fishing fever
Even party boats roaring past blasting hip hop don't ruin the serenity of those who choose to fish at Walsh Bay on a Saturday night.
Joust the two of us
A cricket oval in Parramatta, or a 14th Century jousting battlefield?
You dirty rat
The largest rodent in Australia is amphibious, fulfils the same niche as an otter and could be used to get rid of the pest black rat. There doesn't seem to be anything dirty about the water rat.
Wild night sounds in the Victorian forest
The birds and possums are calling out to each other, talking about land grabs, and politics and sex. And you can eavesdrop on them too, if you only know how.
Rivers of the Sea
Surf Live Saving Australia reported in 2013 that an average of 21 people die in rips every year on Australian beaches. What's being done to prevent this?
Go, Dog, Go!
Are these the happiest hounds in Australia?
Serious sea swimming
Those who swim laps are dedicated, but those who swim in the open ocean show no fear. At least, not externally.
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