Ben Boyd National Park on NSW’s Far South Coast is a place of beauty and wildness. But now the park is being threatened by development along its Light to Light Walk, with large lodges planned for pristine sections of the coastline. Development is planned to commence in May; stopping it is a race against time, writes Mick Ripon.
Just how was it that a Polish resistance hero gave his name to Australia’s highest peak? Who accompanied Count Strzelecki almost to the summit when he made the first recorded ascent of Mt Kosciuszko in March 1840? How did the expedition come about? And how, may anyone who has been there ask, did they find their way up Hannels Spur, that 1700m climb on the west face of the Main Range? The answer to these and other questions can be found in a new book James Macarthur—The Untold Story of Naming Kosciuszko.
In Wild Issue #176, Winter 2020, we featured the work of Alex Hotchin, a mapmaker who gave us ‘Larapinta Dreaming’, her unique take on central Australia’s iconic trail. After growing up in the outback and attending School of the Air, Alex is now based in Melbourne, from where she creates stunningly beautiful maps for clients around the world. She has also been exhibited in Istanbul, New York, Morocco, Japan, and, of course, Melbourne. Alex recently took the time out to answer some questions from Wild’s editor, James McCormack about her background, her work, and mapmaking itself.
I regularly pee in the woods. I’m not particularly proud of this, however this is where I am at with my life. I am not a gym junkie or church going. I am well past the school-gate mums group. I am not a joiner. But I have joined a women’s only hiking group. Within this Read More
Through an unplanned quirk of habitat management, the grounds at Rippon Lea Estate have become an unlikely refuge for many of south-east Australia’s disappearing bird species.
The adventurer behind Discover Interesting’s ‘Path of the Sky’, Valentin Rapp shares the insights gained from highlining some of Tasmania’s most breathtaking coastline.
A new article reveals the story of a Beijing-based environmental photographer on a nine-day expedition to promote conservation and in Sichuan, China.
In a prelude to his upcoming speaking tour, disabilities advocate Paul Pritchard is frank about the challenges he’s faced since sustaining a severe brain injury while climbing in Tasmania.
Ever wondered what goes through the minds of outdoor educators while they’re herding group after group of children through the wilderness? Michael Besley provides his insights from a trip to Wilsons Prom.