Australia is an enormous island in the southern hemisphere and is the world’s sixth-largest country by land area. It is famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches and deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, “the bush” and “the outback”. Its wildlife includes kangaroos, koalas and the duck-billed platypus as well as some of the world’s deadliest sharks, snakes, spiders and jellyfish. Australia has the longest straight stretches of road and railway track in the world and also the longest fence in the world. australia
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Fantasies of a Bloodless Revolution
Bhama Daly   Marissa stared into her Narnia wardrobe cramped with clothes the colour of a hundred rainbows and with designer labels: Dolce, Gabba, Vivienne Francine, Dior. No, she had...
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Seekers of the Beauty Myth
Bhama Daly   Marissa Samson strides into the Legend of the Seeker Beauty Salon. Her squared shoulders, detached expression and proud bearing belie the tightness in her chest and the...
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Behana Gorge
Bhama Daly   Behana, Behana, Behana Roaring cascades scream Over boulders, rocks, gnarled roots Behana, Behana Behana. Ambushed in Cadaghi combat green Red fingers of umbrella flowers Dazzle against the...
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Redfern Oval
Alison Miller   I remember sitting on the hill boiling in the late winter sunshine then later freezing as the temperature dropped and the moisture rose. We sat on bits...
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Colours of the 1950s Garden
Alison Miller   My father’s quarter acre garden was a riot of colour: snap dragons, sweet smelling stock and bunches of golden jonquils springing up everywhere. The perfume was exquisite....
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The Hapless Geologist: Rocky Tate River
John Goldhawk Although it was now dark, the slab of rock I was lying on was still warm from the heat of the day. Somehow, being between an Earth rock...
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The Leading Man
Gloria Anderlini   It was not Africa and, on this occasion, even tho' there was a bloke sporting a white safari suit, it was not a safari. No lions, tigers,...
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Solitude
Linda Sutton Nameless country tracks, featureless plains betwixt shifting, undulating sand dunes, division of day from night as sun sets on the horizon; creative of space, room enough to experience...
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Dreamcatcher
Linda Sutton   No city smog to dim the lights of heaven; no polluting emissions to tarnish their bright sparkle in the empty sky of the Inland. No trails of...
King Billy of Ballarat
King Billy of Ballarat
King Billy was given to strolling up and down the streets of Ballarat when that eviscerated city was merely in process of disembowelment, before alluvial mining gave way to quartz-crushing,...