The Australian Christmas Tree
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by Quolling Around - Australian Wildlife and Bushwalking
3M ago
Growing up in the Northern Hemisphere, a Xmas tree was a dull green pine tree adorned with man-made decorations. In the Southwest of Western Australia a different Xmas tree is found in the baking hot Southern Summer. Known as Moodjar by the indigenous people of the Southwest, the white settlers of the area referred to it as the Xmas tree on account of the peak flowering period being the month of December (Noongar season of birak.) This tree needs no decorations, itself a brilliant blaze of orange flowers at this time of the year. It is a worrying omen when this tree flowers early as it has in ..read more
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The Numbat Log – Perup Nature Reserve.
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by Quolling Around - Australian Wildlife and Bushwalking
8M ago
Kaniyang Country I was contacted by Cheryl in 2022 explaining a group would be visiting Western Australia interested in seeing local wildlife. I had advised staying at Perup Nature’s Guesthouse at Tone-Perup Nature Reserve but this sadly closed prior to their arrival. The group remained dedicated to visiting Perup and last minute accommodation changes were made accordingly. I was asked whether I would be able to join the group at Perup and so I secured a couple of days off work that worked with their schedule. Perup is one of my favourite places in Australia and I need no excuse to visit! Cher ..read more
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South Australia Part 4 of 4 – Adelaide, Brookfield, The Gawler Ranges.
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by Quolling Around - Australian Wildlife and Bushwalking
9M ago
Kaurna, Meru, Banggarla, Nawu, Wirangu, Mirning Country. Adelaide The journey from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide is a relatively short one and so we arrived in the South Australian state capital early on a Friday afternoon. I had been on the road for exactly two weeks at this point, and it was great to have the food halls, restaurants and shopping of a large city available. Saturday morning, I visited Botanic Park between Adelaide Zoo and Botanic Gardens. This site adjacent to the River Torrens is home to relatively new addition to the city, a Grey-headed Flying Fox camp. Established in 2010 the ..read more
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South Australia Part 2 of 4 – The Ikara-Flinders Ranges
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by Quolling Around - Australian Wildlife and Bushwalking
10M ago
Nukunu, Banggarla, Andyamathanha Country Flinders Ranges Way winds up from Port Augusta on the coastal plain, through the foot hills of the Southern Ikara-Flinders Ranges to the historic township of Quorn. The visitor centre at Quorn is located within the picturesque railway station that houses the historic Pichi Richi Railway. Here helpful staff can assist with last minute campgound bookings for both the Ikara-Flinders Ranges and nearby council-run Warren Gorge. The Ikara-Flinders Ranges contain an impressive array of large macropods of which the Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby is undoubtedly the ..read more
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South Australia Part 1 of 4 – Crossing the Nullarbor.
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by Quolling Around - Australian Wildlife and Bushwalking
10M ago
Drving the vast West Australian Wheatbelt in late afternoon Spring sunshine, there was plenty of time to contemplate what lay ahead. A road trip promises release from the monotonous drudgery of daily routine, where almost any hour is predictable. On the road are instant decisions to be made at any number of crossroads, where each outcome can lead to a vastly different scenario. Sometimes better, sometimes worse…. The destination for day one was the town of Norseman, eight hours East of Perth. The town is situated at the Western end of the Eyre Highway, a 1664km (1034 mile) highway linking the ..read more
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Northern Australia Part 4 – Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland
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by Quolling Around - Australian Wildlife and Bushwalking
11M ago
The majority of the Northern Australia Trip thus far had been spent in the savannah country of the Northern Territory and Queensland. This last part of the trip was spent in the wetter coastal strip of North Queensland with it’s associated change in both scenery and climate. Continued from Northern Australia Part 3 – Wildlife of Outback Queensland Lorenz flew in from Brisbane and with the luggage collected we made tracks for Townsville’s Breakawater Harbour, the departure point for Magnetic Island. Townsville Shuttle Servives provide excellent regular transport between the airport and Magnetic ..read more
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Northern Australia Part 3 – Wildlife of Outback Queensland
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by Quolling Around - Australian Wildlife and Bushwalking
1y ago
Gugu-Badhun, Yirandali, Kalkadoon, Waanyi, and Mayi-Thakurti Country After an early flight from Darwin I landed at Townsville Airport, Queensland mid-morning on Thursday 11th August. Townsville was noticeably cooler than the NT and for this I was grateful. Continued from Northern Australia Part 2 – The Jatbula Trail The plan for the Outback Queensland leg of the trip was to overnight in Charters Towers and look for Rock Wallabies, then head further West to spend three nights camping and exploring Porcupine Gorge, which is reputed to be good for Spectacled Hare Wallabies and Rufous Bettong ..read more
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Northern Australia Part 1- Wildlife Around Darwin
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by Quolling Around - Australian Wildlife and Bushwalking
1y ago
As the late afternoon flight descended into Darwin, a collective smoke haze from an abundance of dry season fires, dotted across the landscape below painted the sun a deep red. It had been 20 years since the last visit to Australia’s “Top End” and it was exciting to be back. The principal reason for the visit to the Northern Territory, was to walk the Jatbula Trail scheduled for later that week, but first there were four days in the Northern Territory’s capital Darwin. These would be used to both prepare for the walk and of course to search for wildlife. The journey from Perth had consumed a f ..read more
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Marsupial Magic at Perup.
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by Quolling Around - Australian Wildlife and Bushwalking
2y ago
Wildlife watching over the last 2 years has been almost exclusively within my home state, a result of interstate border closures. This time has been used to explore Western Australia, and more recently to revisit the fabulous Marsupial Magic at Perup. The vast Jarrah-Marri forest at Tone-Perup Reserve is a wild place and contains an intriguing array of rare marsupials. A few years have elapsed since the last visits to Perup and this account is of wildlife seen over the searingly hot Summer of 2021-2022, when the nearby state capital Perth experienced 11 days over 40C, an unenviable record, and ..read more
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Marsupial Magic at Perup.
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by Quolling Around - Australian Wildlife and Bushwalking
2y ago
Wildlife watching over the last 2 years has been almost exclusively within my home state, a result of interstate border closures. This time has been used to explore Western Australia, and more recently to revisit the fabulous Marsupial Magic at Perup. The vast Jarrah-Marri forest at Tone-Perup Reserve is a wild place and contains an intriguing array of rare marsupials. A few years have elapsed since the last visits to Perup and this account is of wildlife seen over the searingly hot Summer of 2021-2022, when the nearby state capital Perth experienced 11 days over 40C, an unenviable record, and ..read more
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