New Holland, February 1999. 440 pages, paperback
Aboriginal Myths, Legends & Fables presents a wealth of poetic and imaginative tales from Aboriginal cultural heritage. While retelling the stories simply, this book captures the mystical bonds that exist between Aboriginal people, their environment and the spirit life of the Dreamtime. Each story provides the reader with an insight into the fascinating beliefs of one of the oldest living cultures on Earth.
New Holland, February 1999. 440 pages, paperback
This popular booklet combines the natural and local history of the Daintree. It tells the story of one of Earth’s oldest rainforests, one which has virtually survived intact for about 120 million years. The Daintree rose to prominence in the 1980s following the discovery of one of the greatest concentrations of primitive flowering plants on Earth – plants which occur nowhere else. Readers are taken on a journey which begins with its geological birth and ends with the Daintree as we see it today. Topics range from flora and fauna (includes the cassowary and crocodile), to the fascinating culture of the first human occupants (the Kuku Yalanji aborigines), the battle to save the Daintree from certain oblivion after developers began subdividing the rainforest, and the rapid changes brought about by European settlement.
100 Things To See In The Kimberley, by local guide Scotty Connell, is the culmination of a life spent exploring Australia’s wild and remote north west. Scotty grew up in the Kimberley and has made it his mission to thoroughly explore the region via air, land and sea. In that pursuit, Scotty’s led elite Nepalese Gurkhas on wild, wet season training missions, hiked through the Kimberley’s untamed ranges looking for unnamed waterfalls and hosted celebrities looking for unique Aussie experiences. All because he loves showing intrepid visitors why his backyard is the best backyard on earth. Inside you’ll find 100 of the best things to see and do all across the Kimberley – from stunning waterholes to cool off in, to incredible, natural wonders that are found nowhere else on earth.
This (reissued) much-respected and encyclopaedic guide, first published in 2014, is indispensable to anyone with an interest in the wide variety of fauna and flora to be found in the south west of Australia. The area bounded by the Margaret River region in the far south west of Western Australia, Lancelin to the north of Perth, Esperance on the mid-south coast and the inland township of Southern Cross is home to a surprisingly diverse range of wildlife, both plants and animals.
The expert authors of this book have included a broad selection of the wildlife most likely to be encountered by those living in and travelling though the region. The selection includes many representatives of the animal kingdom from small insects to the largest marsupials, and also an impressive selection of the most beloved wildflowers. Over 1200 photographs provide easy identification and every species is given a brief description together with essential details.
The book also includes a section on how to unobtrusively observe wildlife plus a comprehensive 30-plus page review of the best places to observe wildlife, including all the significant National and Conservation Parks in the region.
With the knowledge from our deserts, Australians can reshape the human story. The desert is teaching us new ways to live, manage slender resources, and cope with lack of water and energy, harsh climate and isolation.
These issues will confront most of the world’s citizens in the 21st Century, as climate change, population growth and resource scarcity impact on society. The deserts also teach us what it is to be Australian, how to dwell within the rhythms and constraints of a vast continent that is three quarters arid. Australians find it hard to decide about the Outback: is it remote and unassailable or at the core of our national identity?
Endlessly we debate whether we should develop the inland or ignore it, because it’s too hard and too costly. Learning how to live well in desert Australia lies at the heart of our destiny as a nation, and at the centre of our response to climate change. It engages the culture, knowledge and skills that will matter most to future Australians as they strive to sustain themselves in world on the edge of sustainability. It is the ultimate test of our resolve to discover a truly Australian way to live on this continent. As the world faces increasing drought in the uncertain climate of the future, it is also a source of knowledge to export to many other places.
This book is a wake-up call to Australia and the world. It explores wellsprings of creativity and innovation from the desert that can deliver solutions to the challenges of living in an uncertain and threatening future. It describes many positive lessons for our nation and humanity in a changing and resource-scarce world.