Australian Geographic’s Top 50 Apps for Wilderness and Travel


The link below is to an article that looks at 50 great wilderness and travels apps, as chosen by Australian Geographic.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/top-50-apps-australian-geographic.htm

Photo Gallery: Tasmania – The Tarkine


The link below is to a photo gallery of the Tarkine wilderness in Tasmania, Australia.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/gallery-exploring-the-tarkine-rainforest.htm

Australia: Tasmania – The Tarkine


The link below is to an article that considers the state of the Tarkine wilderness region in Tasmania.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/outdoor/taste-of-tasmanias-tarkine.htm

Australia: Tasmania – Tarkine Wilderness


The link below is to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald on the Tarkine Wilderness in Tasmania. It’s well worth a read.

For more visit:
http://www.smh.com.au/travel/activity/great-outdoors/old-growth-new-life-20120223-1tq17.html

Chile – Patagonia: Wilderness Threatened by Massive Dam


The Patagonian wilderness is truly an amazing place. I have never been there, but have been fascinated by it for years. It captures my imagination and wonder anytime I see pictures or footage of it. Now I have discovered that this wilderness is under threat.

The article below reports on plans to construct a massive dam that has the potential to cause massive destruction of the Patagonian wilderness. It would seem that the planned dam is incredibly foolish and will destroy a large section of one of the world’s last remaining wild places.

For more visit:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/chile-favors-7-billion-hydroelectric-dams-on-remote-patagonian-rivers-despite-opposition/2011/05/09/AFcA2aaG_story.html

 

News Report on Aboriginal Population Growth Prior to European Occupation of Australia


I have come across an interesting news article on the Aboriginal population prior to European occupation of Australia. Though not exactly wilderness or environmental news, the article does shed some light (or at least sparks interest) on the Australian situation prior to European colonisation of our country. Of particular interest is the suggested impact on the Tasmanian Tiger on mainland Australia.

For more visit:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/11/3214132.htm

 

Check In: Day 3 of Holiday


Today was spent chiefly at Dorrigo National Park, where I spent nearly 5 hours on a bushwalk through the wilderness surrounding the Never Never Picnic Area. This is a spectacular area within the Dorrigo National Park. I could quite easily have spent far more time there trekking up both Sassafras Creek and Rosewood Creek. These are some wild streams that cut there way through the heart of the national park. Given all of the recent rain in the region, they were truly at their best today.

The new camera got a work out today, but I am not completely sold on it – though as a camera for panoramic photos it is fantastic and well worth buying for that function alone. The photo I have included with this post is of Rosewood Creek directly above Coachwood Falls. It is a brilliant place and very wild indeed.

I did pick up several leeches throughout the day, with one attaching itself to me just below the left knee. It wasn’t found for some time and had a good feed and I a good bleed after it was removed. Several more were found in my socks but they weren’t able to force their way through.

I’ll be working on the various photos and videos over the next week or so and putting together various packages for the website, Flickr, YouTube, the Blog, etc. There are some really terrific photos and videos among them. Hopefully today’s shot will whet the appetite for the rest of them.

 

Blind Indus Dolphin Population May Be Increasing


I love good news stories concerning the environment, wilderness and the like. We hear plenty about negative subjects – oil pollution, climate change, etc. So good news stories are always good to hear. So today I have another.

It is possible that the blind Indus Dolphin population may be increasing. The following link is to an article on the subject, which is very interesting.

For more visit:
http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/20/blind-indus-dolphins-population-increasing.html

 

Destination: Back Packing Holiday


I have pretty much determined that my holiday is going to be a back packing trip through the wilderness along the ‘Tops to Myall’s Heritage Trail.’ Now I need to decide on just what part of the trail I’ll do, if indeed not all of it.

One of the determining factors for the trip will be the availability of transport. I would need to get to the Barrington Guesthouse in order to start the walk if doing the whole walk, or either get home from the Gloucester area or to the Gloucester area to start the walk. The start from near Gloucester wouldn’t be an issue – that would be fairly easy to solve with Countrylink and family I think (combo). I’m not sure about the Guesthouse option just yet, but looking into it a little. I could easily walk from where I live to the Gloucester area (and for that matter do a return walk if necessary – though I’d prefer to not do so). I also think that Countrylink could easily drop me off near the start of the walk up that way (along the Buckets Way) should that be necessary.

The most likely outcome is that I’ll travel to Gloucester with Countrylink and then get a lift to the walk starting point from my family the next day. I could try getting a lift to the guesthouse with the family also, but that is unlikely to be an option I would think.