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Tiger sharks near Ningaloo, WA: My close encounter

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It’s not the death I’d anticipated. Mauled lifeless by a tiger shark while my 10-year-old daughter watched in horror. Forgive me for the cliché, but I really did think I was going to die. We were beach camping on a sublime patch of the Ningaloo Coast and having the time of our lives. I didn’t want it to end, least of all in the jaws of the voracious killer. But suddenly a shark was in my face...

Video of crocodile attack: Salt water croc takes on a drone in the NT

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A cameraman filming for an ABC documentary has captured the moment a saltwater crocodile took a bite out of a drone after it ventured too close to the water line at a wildlife park in Darwin. The salty reaction from the reptile occurred while Dane Hirst was filming the documentary “Crocodile Territory,” the network reported. Video from the mangled drone shows it skimming above a lagoon toward a...

18 luxurious and fun things to do in NSW

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We’ve been in lockdown for too many days to count. Why not treat yourself to a lavish getaway? You deserve it.  Pamper yourself with a spa treatment Luxurious Spa Packages in Sydney We could all do with a good scrub after lockdown. At The Darling Spa, the Li’tya The Dreaming package is an indulgent three-hour signature treatment. You’ll be treated to a full body exfoliation, mud wrap, full body...

Grafton Jacaranda Festival 2021: Everything you need to know

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For a few glorious weeks every spring, the northern New South Wales city of Grafton explodes in a riotous violet haze. Wandering the wide avenues is like stepping into an Impressionist painting. Turf Street becomes a lavender canopy, Pound Street a violet tunnel. Market Square is engulfed in jacarandas. It’s a time for Graftonians to celebrate nature.  See also: 9 of the world’s weirdest gardens...

Video of crocodile attack in Australia

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A terrifying video has emerged which shows one of the most notorious crocodile attacks in Australian history. It was shot at the scene of the terrifying mauling of Andrew Kerr, 34, who was dragged from his tent by the 4.2m salt water crocodile while camping in Queensland. Avid fisherman and ex NRL player Ben Jones shot the footage in the Cape York Peninsula campsite in the early hours back in...

Atlantium is the international country you can visit right now

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If you like a microbrewery or a tiny house, you’re going to love a micronation. Especially this one, which sits 300 kilometers southwest of Sydney and is roughly twice the size of the Vatican but half of that of Monaco. Specifically, it sits in Lachlan River valley, about midway between Crookwell and Cowra. Altantium was founded in 1981 by Emperor George II (nee Cruickshank) and a couple of mates...

Gladys’ regional NSW travel backflip is not OK

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On Monday morning, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian bombarded the citizens of her state with an avalanche of reopening info. It was a lot to take in. She talked about pubs, clubs, funerals and schools. Outdoor settings, indoor settings, picnics, and pools. The unusual phrase “vertical drinking” was welcomed into the vernacular. But one detail slipped by almost unnoticed. The Premier quietly...

What to do in Tasmania’s Central Highlands | Itinerary

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There’s a moment during the ascent to Tasmania’s Central Highlands where the outside world metamorphoses into an other-worldly, liminal space. It’s a grey afternoon, and the mist hangs low, braiding itself through the rainbow-ribboned trunks of Tasmanian snow gums.  Though bursting with Australian native life, the Highlands in the depths of winter feel weighted by its isolation and haunted by the...

AFL Grand Final 2021

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For the first time in history, the biggest day in the AFL calendar is taking place in Perth. Check out this guide to everything you need to know about the stadium you’ll want to return to time and again. Where to stay near Perth’s Optus Stadium If you want to be able to stroll to the stadium – and bear mind in mind it’ll be hosting everything from Guns N’ Roses to the Ashes in the coming...

Interview with Marine biologist Johnny Gaskell

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The marine biologist and master reef guide is completing a personal survey of the Great Barrier Reef. Twenty-five years ago we went on a family trip to the Great Barrier Reef. I was 14 or 15 and we went out to Beaver Reef off Mission Beach. I remember getting in the water and there were so many fish and colored coral everywhere. I was just blown away.  I remember it had a sand cay on it and I...

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