The Truth about Eco-Travel

The Truth about Eco-Travel

This story won the 2008 Solas Award bronze for the best “Bad Trip” story. By Laurie McAndish King Jim was hesitant right from the start. “Cape Tribulation? Wilderness Area? No way!” Our travel agent had provided a bright, glossy brochure of the Bunyip Lodge, and I talked my husband into going along to this eco-resort […]

Cooper’s Creek



Prue Hewett’s Cooper Creek Nature Reserve is a World Heritage Area with one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity on the planet. More than 3,000 plant species have been identified here, and more are being discovered each year. It’s also home to some very rare plants, more than 40 of which occur here alone ­ […]

Family Travel in Australia

Family Travel in Australia

Traveling with children? Australia is the perfect destination! From weird and wonderful animals to exciting sports events … excellent beaches to rainforest adventures … pie floaters to “hamburgers with the lot” … you just can’t beat Australia for a fun-filled family vacation. I know, because I’m an American who lived and worked in Australia for […]

Weird and Wonderful Aussie Animals

Weird and Wonderful Aussie Animals

Australia is one of only 12 “megadiverse” countries that together account for 75% of the world’s total biodiversity. It is home to more than 1,000,000 plant and animal species, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. Here are just a few: A platypus has the bill and webbed feet of a duck, a […]

Box Jellyfish

Box Jellyfish

Box Jellyfish are carnivorous sea creatures, transparent (almost invisible in the water), with highly toxic, fast-acting venom. These predators are made all the more dangerous by the fact that they swarm in shallow tropical waters during the hot (swimming) season. The locals are accustomed to watching out for jellyfish; visitors should inform themselves about the […]

Frilled Lizard

Frilled Lizard

The frilled lizard is an arboreal species, boasting a large, loose “frill” which is pushed outward to great effect when the lizard is alarmed. This sign urges visitors to help prevent bush fires, and save the frilled lizard.

Wombat

Wombat

Here’s my son, Austin, holding a wombat. The wombat is a large, heavyset, short-legged, somewhat bear-like marsupial, distantly related to the opposum and koala. It is a burrowing vegetarian, feeding nocturnally on roots, bark, and grasses. Although wombat burrows destroy fields and lawns, Australians seem to be oddly fond of the creature. Don’t miss a […]

Kakadu

Kakadu

Kakadu National Park, about 140 miles east of Darwin in the Northern Territory, is a The park is composed of tidal flats, estuaries, lagoons, mangrove swamps, and grasslands.The park is an excellent place to view wildlife, as well as rock art believed to be at least 20,000 years old, and perhaps the world’s oldest surviving […]

Plants of Australia

Plants of Australia

This plant is commonly referred to as Lawyers’ Cane “because once it has its hooks into you, it never lets go.”

Lizards

Lizards

One of Australia’s many handsome reptiles. We saw this lizard (goanna?) near Ayers Rock.

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