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Somewhere over the rainbow...

Rainbow over Kata-Tjuta Rainbow over Kata Tjuta I took these shots of Kata Tjuta as I patrolled the park one evening. The entire 180 degree arc of the rainbow was clearly visible but unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture it all with my camera! However, I think these shots are pretty special! I’ve never seen a rainbow over Kata Tjuta before so it was a great moment to capture - and the visitors who were there at the time were happily snapping away too.

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Christmas Island ferns on stunning stamps

One of two 60c stamps - asplenium listeri 60c stamp - tectaria devexa The $1.20 stamp - Bolbitis heteroclita $1.20 stamp - pteris tripartita These stamps featuring ferns from Christmas Island could almost persuade us to send our Christmas cards in the New Year! Australia Post will release the stamp edition based on the beautiful ferns next year.

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A beautiful new billabong coming to Bowali

The dugout canoe at Bowali Visitor Centre will boast a water feature and local aquatic plants and animals While the park is a little quiet we’ve been busy spring-cleaning at the Bowali Visitor Centre. We’ve repainted ceilings, sanded and varnished the lovely visitor centre desk and we’re also creating a beautiful new billabong feature with our dugout canoe. The canoe was once used by local Binnij and was transported from the East Alligator region to the Visitor Centre.

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The striking face of Uluru

Welcome to Uluru! | Parks Australia I’m a new staff member joining the team here at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Last night I ventured into the park as the sun was about to set. To my surprise, the buses and vehicles had departed due to rain approaching. I was left with a spectacular demonstration of light in the night sky…what bliss! Angela, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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A tribute to our volunteers

Warwick Wright and Shirley McKeown are honoured for 15 years of volunteer work at the Gardens Volunteers are not an unusual sight in the Australia National Botanic Gardens. They can regularly be seen guiding visitor walks, giving talks in the Theatrette and pushing up their sleeves to a variety of tasks. But International Volunteer Day on 5 December saw a crowd of dedicated Gardens’ volunteers drinking tea and enjoying some well-deserved cake as they attended a ceremony acknowledging their work and contributions.

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Creepy crawly finds on Neds Corner Station

This hairy huntsman was one of the many spider finds during the recent Bush Blitz on Neds Corner Station Terrifying if you’re arachnophobic, but otherwise fascinating were the spider finds on Neds Corner Station during a recent biodiversity discovery Bush Blitz. New species of wishbone, wolf and ant mimicking spiders were among the discoveries in this arid north-west corner of Victoria. The mygalomorph wishbone spiders take their name from their Y-shaped silk-lined burrow.

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On this day...

Uluru sunset viewing area On this day in 1993 Uluru became the first Australian icon to receive a dual Aboriginal/English name. The following year Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park became the second property in the world to be listed as a cultural landscape making it one of the few properties in the world listed as a World Heritage site for both its natural and cultural properties. The listing of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park as such a unique World Heritage Property represents years of work by Anangu to assert their role as custodians of their traditional lands.

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Red crabs on the march...

Christmas Island road closures for the red crab migration. Photo: Candace McBride Red crab migration was in full swing when I arrived on Christmas Island. During the drive from the airport, Christmas Island National Park manager Mike Misso explained island life at this time of the year and my duties as a passenger in any car on the island — to don a fluorescent vest and grab a rake from the back of the car when crab numbers became so great that they needed to be raked off the road so we didn’t run over them.

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Carols in the Gardens

perform at the gardens Joining the Australian National University Choral Society for an evening of well-known carols was the perfect way for us to get into the Christmas spirit. The society treated crowds at the Australian National Botanic Gardens to favourites like Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer for the third year in a row. Special guests, the choir of the Federal University of Cearáin Brazil, performed a segment of traditional Brazilian music, whetting our appetite for our famous Summer Sounds concert series which begins in January!

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Summer holidays are easy at Booderee

School holidays are easy at Booderee National Park Summer is a fabulous time at Booderee. Our summer school holiday program runs for six weeks, so there is plenty to keep the kids entertained! Our friendly and informative park staff will take the kids on guided walks, show them traditional tools, bush tucker and medicine, go birdwatching and tell some amazing yarns around the campfire. The jam-packed adventure kicks off on Wednesday 21 December with an evening screening of Booderee’s sights and sounds at the Green Patch amphitheatre.

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