2017s

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World Ranger Day

Meet Kaylene McLeod, one of our newest ranger recruits! From reintroducing species that have been locally extinct for almost a century to battling the scourge of bitou bush along our coastlines and welcoming tourists from around the globe, there is never a dull moment as a Booderee National Park ranger. Becoming a ranger in January 2017, Kaylene is a local from the Wreck Bay Community. Her family has been integral in caring for Booderee National Park since its establishment in 1995.

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The Dream Trip - arriving at Uluru

Guest bloggers Maree Clout and Corinne le Gall begin a photographic trip through Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Imagine picking up an autobiography, opening it up and reading “I was born, I lived, I died”. That would be interesting enough in both wittiness and uniqueness, but the reader would want to read more about the life of the author. The same applies to writing about Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It would be easy to just say that there is one big rock and nearby there is a conglomeration of them.

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Five favourite photos from Booderee

Booderee is one of the most photogenic places in Australia - and that’s up against some stiff competition! What do you think? Which is your favourite? Brown antechinus This slightly adorable brown antechinus was a very popular contender in an online #cuteoff to find the cutest animal species in Australia. It’s not hard to see why. Kittys Beach Tell us there’s a sight more wonderful than a deserted shoreline and pristine ocean!

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Birds of Booderee

The Booderee Botanic Gardens is home to a huge variety of birdlife - and they are unfazed by human presence! The fairy-wrens happily hop up to visitors, posing for a photograph before continuing on their journey. The Casuarina Lawn is a wonderful place to see all manner of birds finding some lunch. Keep an eye out for kookaburras perching in the branches, surveilling the lawns for lizards, worms and other tasty morsels.

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Threatened lizards on their way back

We’ve reached another huge milestone in our captive breeding program for blue-tailed skinks, releasing 139 of them into a ‘soft-release’ site. The site, an enclosed area of forest in a rehabilitated mine field, was cleared of wolf snakes and rats. It will allow us to see how they fare in a predator-free version of the ‘real world’, and is a significant step toward releasing them into the wild. The island’s captive breeding program began with 66 individuals in 2010, when we joined forces with Taronga Zoo.

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Experience the songlines of Uluru with Street View and Story Spheres

In the heart of Australia’s Red Centre lies the dual UNESCO World Heritage site, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It is home to the Anangu people, 21 species of mammals, 73 reptiles, 178 birds – and the monolith, Uluru. Starting today, people across the world will be able to visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park on Google Street View, walk on the desert sand and take in the vibrant hues of Uluru – from ochre to rust, wild plum and charcoal.

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Do I need a 4WD?

Part of Kakadu’s charm is its remote nature and wilderness environment – but that means there are several types of unsealed roads. Major unsealed (or gravel) roads can get corrugated and bumpy at times, they can develop deep ruts and patches with very soft sand. The smaller 4WD tracks in Kakadu can lead you through all kinds of rough terrain, a 4WD with high clearance and even a snorkel may be required to tackle rocky tracks and water crossings.

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No 4WD? No problem!

You can get to plenty of fantastic Kakadu sites with a 2WD, so there’s no need to miss out Nourlangie This popular region is well known for its World Heritage rock art, easy-to-access walks and lookouts, and colourful birdlife. For the fit and active there are extended walks through stone and monsoon forest landscapes. Nourlangie rock art site is a must-stop on your journey through Kakadu. Take a stroll back in time through the shaded rock shelters discovering the way life used to be for Bininj.

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Pandanus collecting in Kakadu

Bag being woven I have been fascinated by what goes into making Kakadu’s beautiful woven items, like bags, baskets and bracelets, for years, and now thanks to Taste of Kakadu, I’ve found out. A tremendous amount of skill. And as I experienced first-hand today - a lot of hard work. We started our day by stocking up on water for our journey. The object of the day: to collect pandanus leaves to demonstrate weaving throughout Taste of Kakadu.

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First green parrots moved to Phillip Island

The green parrot translocation is LIVE! Seven Norfolk Island Green parrots, four females and three males were transported by boat over to Phillip Island on Friday. In conditions that would normally have stopped a trip to Phillip – rain and rough seas – over they went, leaving Norfolk about 6.30 am. In an ideal world we’d have waited for better weather, but if we had delayed it even a day, some of the birds may have fledged the nest.

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