Our traveller @arthurchabaud wasn’t disappointed when he got to experience the magnificent Uluru in a sand storm. The magical atmosphere of this place was simply intensified to leave visitors in awe... #nowisthetime
Were scouring the seven continents for Christmas gift ideas! In Australia, we’ve found something whose design is as ancient as this magnificent rock art in West Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. The colours are strikingly similar too. What could it be? 📸 Catherine Marshall of The Travel Collective. www.timetowander.com.au
Congratulations to Dr Verity Normington - Superstar of STEM!
Verity Normington @obsessedgeo, GSA Member and Governing Council Secretary, is the latest Superstar of #STEM . Verity will be part of the program that is smashing stereotypes to empower a diversity of #women in #science and will be an effective role model in science.
Verity is a Project #Geologist with the #NorthernTerritory Geological Survey, currently working in the Amadeus Basin where she uses #sedimentology , #geochronology and other #geoscience disciplines to characterise #rocks over a billion years old. She learnt these skills during her PhD in Geology through the uniofadelaide (2018) where she also attained a Bachelor of Science (Honours). Please click on the link for more details on this exciting news!
Magnificent Mataranka in the Northern Territory is Ready to Connect on the nbn™ access network. But what put it on the map?
Aside from being able to swim in its hot springs all year round, it's also the setting of the classic Australian novel by Jeannie Gunn, 'We of the Never Never'. Find out when we might be heading to your neighbourhood. Link in bio ☝
CONNECTED TO COUNTRY 🖤💛❤️
Melanie - Black by name, it was fate the moment I entered this life. Connected to country, connected to culture and spirit. White to the eye but black to the soul. Country, she runs deep through my veins. Rich red soil feels like home, vast landscapes, eagles soaring, the suns rays warm my heart, all my troubles melt away and my heart is full. Grounded, connected and at one with self and with my ancestors. Serene but with an ere of grief as my heart breaks for what was taken from my family before me. Like a volcano sitting pretty but ready to erupt at any given moment to defend my Aboriginal heritage I was so thankfully gifted. Grateful for this gift of Aboriginal blood but saddened by how much I don’t know. Hopeful that it’s never too late to learn and feed my urge to be closer to culture. ✨
My thoughts for the day 👆🖤🖤🖤 Feeling ready to go on our Annual Road Trip back to Country and reconnect! ✨
JULIA GILLARD - PM
It didn’t happen overnight but on the 24th of June 2010 Oz elected our first female Prime Minister. Born in Wales in 1961 @juliagillard migrated to Oz, Adelaide (Rads) in 1966. She holds a double degree from Melbourne University in Law & Arts and worked in the legal profession before joining politics. Julia was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1998. Since her retirement from politics amongst other things she is on the board of @beyondblueofficial
Calling male Long-footed Frog (Cyclorana longipes) on the outskirts of Darwin a few weeks ago •
Cyclorana are usually the first frogs to breed during the summer rains across northern Australia. They breed explosively in any standing water available with the onset of the first storms, meaning their tadpoles are the first to metamorphose into young frogs, and by the time the monsoons arrive, they are big enough to eat all the other baby frogs which develop after them! Oh yeah, I forgot to mention they are real badasses.
I’ve also found it difficult to track down this species calling as they appear in such quick breeding explosions and vanish within a few days, leaving a once deafening puddle of water eerily silent.
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Good times with @speareshot in the NT! Probably one of the best spots in the world to be camped to watch the Geminid meteor shower! We stopped counting after 20+ shooting stars 🌠😍#northernterritory#filming#desert
Jemima from Trek & Travel in Sydney recently completed the Larapinta Trail. She took with her a range of food to test and blog.
Day 17 - Madigan Line
Not only is the Madigan more interesting in terms of driving, more beautiful landscapes, & feels even more isolated than the Canning, it also doesn’t have anywhere near as many flies as Hay River!
I woke around 7, & we walked up a nearby dune as Jade had spotted that it could be a great image at that time of the morning.
Sure enough, it provided a great view over our campsite, in a shady tree lined area between two deep orange dunes.
We got underway at around 9.30am. It was nice to have Jade see how challenging the dunes I’d been driving the night before really were, he seemed a little stressed by some of them, & it required a lot of concentration. It didn’t take long before we summated a fairly steep one & came to a sharp halt at the crest.
There was a large divot on our left side, the wheel had gone in it, & we were tipping slightly into it. It seemed too risky to continue with the possibility that it could be enough to fully tip over, particularly as our left side is heavier.
We decided to play it safe, reversed slightly & shovelled the sand on the high right side into the hole on the left, equalising the track. I think it ended up taking about 15 minutes.
We drove on without incident, perhaps it would have been fine, but why take the risk?
We got to camp 18, where the dunes started to diminish a bit, & shortly afterwards saw another vehicle coming down the track! We weren’t expecting to see anyone, & hurried to put on some clothes. We were lucky to meet in an open spot where the track widened, it would have been all too easy to meet at the crest of a dune with no idea another vehicle was on the other side.
They were an older couple, who had come from Birdsville & planned to do the full Madigan Line, something they had done before. They told us it was easy going from there, we told them it was a little tricky back the way we’d come.
Sure enough, it was plain sailing. We weren’t sure if we’d reach camp 19 at a reasonable time, but as the track flattened we went up and up in gears, until I decided it was really time to go back to using high range, and slap out the trivial pursuit again.
“The place was perfect, being so close to the beach, the tram and the shopping strip was perfect and all of us would definitely come back and stay there if we are ever in Adelaide again. The hot tub was also a really nice touch too. Although I didn’t meet Craig personally, his hospitality was amazing and from what the other guests (who met him) said, he definitely went out of his way to make sure we had a good holiday. He was really easy going and helpful so I can’t thank him enough. I really do recommend the place to others, one of the best holiday accommodations I’ve had.” Maurice, NOV 2018. 😀 If you enjoyed your stay, we would love to hear from you! 🏠 Tropics at Glenelg
OMG It's December!!!!! Who else is getting all twisted into knots with how fast the year has gone and that Christmas is in LESS THAN 3 WEEKS!!!! Your yoga practice can help work out the kinks...but it doesn't work unless you do 🤷♀ So make time to get on your mat this December, your body, AND your MIND will thank you for it 😊
We have plenty of classes on offer in the lead up to Christmas - and everything is better with friends 😇 grab a couple and come get your yoga on in this stressful time of year.... It's the times that we need it the most that we most often don't make the time xo