November 26, 2020

Resilient Kangaroo Island still top tourism destination despite bushfires

From late December 2019 through to mid-January 2020, South Australia’s Kangaroo Island experienced the most severe bushfires in its recorded history. The first wave of fires was almost under control when lightning strikes on the 30th December brought a second wave. The deteriorating conditions that followed saw a total of over 200,000 hectares - almost half of the island - affected by fire.
November 17, 2020

Run the raw prawn

Seafood. Australians love it. And why not! We are surrounded by the sea, with a variety of glorious river systems weaving paths across the sunburnt land, carving their way out to the ocean. The food sources derived from water are abundant and astoundingly varied, with over 2000 species of fish alone.
November 5, 2020
Meet the ambulance halfway

First aid: don’t be the dummy

Recently my workplace asked me to do a first-aid course. This was partly so our office could have an extra First Aid Officer and so that I could write this story. As fate would have it, in the time between registering to take part in my first-aid course and the actual course, I was on my lunch break when a young man collapsed on the side of the road.
October 29, 2020

Hunting for the table strikes a positive environmental blow

A generation or two ago the humble rabbit was a cheap, accessible source of protein that became part of many family dinners. Rabbits were plentiful across agricultural lands and they were harvested on mass by both commercial and non-commercial hunters.
August 24, 2020

The Conservation and Wildlife Research Trust gets to work

The Conservation and Wildlife Research Trust is passionate about protecting Australia’s wildlife and natural surroundings. The Trust was set up in 2010 and raises money via its Public Fund to develop and support environmental projects.
August 12, 2020

Aussies keen for backyard getaway

This year has been difficult for so many people, businesses and industries and the tourism sector is no exception. It started off with the devastating summer bushfires which ravaged much of Australia before a global pandemic shut down travel and brought the tourism industry to a halt.
August 11, 2020

Air is free – Tyre safety not an over-inflated issue

An often-overlooked safety measure before hitting the road is checking tyre pressure, in both your car and caravan. A road trip in Australia will provide the opportunity or even necessity to traverse an array of surfaces, from bitumen through to mud and perhaps even snow.
July 28, 2020

Captain Baudin’s boars of Kangaroo Island

The boat grounded with a hiss on the fine white sand and two seamen jumped overboard to secure the vessel before the next wave washed under the keel and slewed the craft sideways. The others in the boat struggled with two squirming, kicking animals, tied down in the stern.
July 6, 2020

The value of vacuum-sealed food

In recent years vacuum food sealers have become common, useful household appliances. The special bags used in vacuum sealers provide a superior barrier to conventional plastic bags. This refrigeration of food within an impervious and robust bag has worthwhile benefits, significantly extending storage life.
June 25, 2020

Catching jetty squid

One of the common activities for people visiting coastal towns is a spot of fishing. Many such municipalities are situated in sheltered locations that have jetties or piers. These quays provide an opportunity to spend a few relaxing hours enjoying the therapeutic background sound of water lapping against pylons, watching the changes in colour of the sea and sky as day turns into night, and quite possibly obtaining a decent feed of wild seafood.

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