Author Octavo, paperback, colour photographs.
A great guide for nature lovers visiting the region.
Author Octavo, paperback, colour photographs.
Country is a panoramic book about a scientist and a continent. In this, his most thrilling and personal book yet, Tim Flannery writes a love letter to our great land, drawing on three decades of extensive travel, research and field work to reveal its unique nature.
As he describes his own passionate encounters with the land and its people, Flannery pays particular attention to the evolution of Australia’s most distinctive animal, the kangaroo. He shows us how the destiny of this extraordinary creature is inseparable from the environment which created it. The kangaroo may seem as familiar to us as the eucalypt or the desert, a symbol on a road sign or the tail of a passenger plane, but readers of Country will never see our national emblem in the same way again.
Tim Flannery’s Country teaches us how this vast continent is not at all ‘a ghastly blank’, but a land of subtlety and complexity that becomes comprehensible to those who take the time to learn its hidden and ancient languages.
This book combines artistic, scientific and Indigenous views of a striking region of north-western Australia. Paruku is the place that white people call Lake Gregory. It is Walmajarri land, and its people live on their Country in the communities of Mulan and Billiluna. This is a story of water. When Sturt Creek flows from the north, it creates a massive inland Lake among the sandy deserts. Not only is Paruku of national significance for waterbirds, but it is has also helped uncover the past climatic and human history of Australia. Paruku’s cultural and environmental values inspire Indigenous and other artists, they define the place as an enduring home, and have led to its declaration as an Indigenous Protected Area. The Walmajarri people of Paruku understand themselves in relation to Country, a coherent whole linking the environment, the people and the Law that governs their lives. These understandings are encompassed by the Waljirri or Dreaming and expressed through the songs, imagery and narratives of enduring traditions. Desert Lake is embedded in this broader vision of Country and provides a rich visual and cross-cultural portrait of an extraordinary part of Australia.
Steve Morton, is a scientific editor and ecologist who has undertaken most of his work in the Australian deserts. He is Honorary Fellow, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences.
Mandy Martin is an internationally-renowned artist and this is her third major collaborative project in the Australian deserts incorporating art, science and story. She is an Artist and Adjunct Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University.
Kim Mahood is a writer and artist and has worked as Liaison Officer for the Paruku Indigenous Protected Area.
John Cartys expertise in anthropology and Aboriginal art has arisen from years of work in the Western Desert, Pilbara and Kimberley. He is a Doctoral Candidate, Research School of Humanities, Australian National University.
Australia’s tropical rainforests contain more plants and animals than any other area in the country – many of which live nowhere else. People from all over the world, and within Australia, visit this natural wonderland to glimpse its secretive animals. As a result, Dr Martin Cohen and Julia Cooper – experts in the region’s wildlife – have written Rainforest Animals, an informative book about Australia’s tropics. Featuring their stunning photography, this book presents fascinating information on many of the rainforest’s rare, threatened and significant animals.
Rainforest Animals introduces you to Australia’s magnificent and ancient tropical rainforests – recognised as one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. The history and importance of Australia’s tropical rainforest, as well as the huge plant and animal diversity, is outlined in the introduction. The book also provides some basic ecological information about many of the secretive animals that inhabit this world such as the Southern Cassowary, the Musky Rat Kangaroo, Tree Kangaroos and Tiger Quolls. Many of the animals featured in the book are rare or threatened or are considered significant to Australia’s tropical rainforests.
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.