Monthly Archives: July 2012

Multimarathon Fun in the Simpson Desert

If you’ve just read the previous post about young Samantha Gash running 397 kms across the Simpson Desert in four days without sleeping, but feel that she took the soft option, I have great news for you! There’s an annual … Continue reading

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Simpson Desert Crossing — by running, non-stop!

The Simpson Desert, occupying parts of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland, is Australia’s fourth largest desert (176,500 sq kms), and contains the world’s longest parallel sand dunes. In news just to hand, Samantha Gash, a 27-year-old Melbourne lawyer, … Continue reading

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Wedge Tailed Eagles

Picture Challenge #16 showed the nest of a wedge tailed eagle or “wedgie”, scientific name aquila audax (“audacious eagle”), one of the world’s largest birds of prey. Wedgies are found throughout Australia and in southern New Guinea, mostly in open … Continue reading

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Picture Challenge #16

No, the question isn’t “Why is the chap on the right looking so dorky?”, but rather “What is going on in this tree, and why are there so many sticks and twigs lying on the ground under the tree?” Please … Continue reading

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A Big, Sparsely Populated Country

When it comes to travelling to distant parts of Australia, even many Aussies are surprised at the distances involved. The width of the mainland, east to west, is 4,000 km as the crow flies, and a deal more by road. … Continue reading

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Picture Challenge #15

It’s not uncommon in the Outback to see these rough bag-like structures hanging in trees, vaguely similar to a silkworm’s cocoon, but much larger, and often irregular in shape. Who can tell us something about what they contain?

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In Love with the Desert

Today (14th June), the Sydney Morning Herald ran a review of The Oldest Song in the World, a novel by Sue Woolfe. The review is written by Linda Morris, and starts as follows: To the untrained eye, the central Australian … Continue reading

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