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Recognise signs of dehydration

When temperatures soar there is a risk of serious heat-related incidents. These tips should help you get the most out of your holiday even if the mercury is rising. When it’s very hot it’s important to walk only in the cooler parts of the day - in summer we strongly recommend you walk only in the early morning, before 11.00 am. Before you head off to the beach, or set out to walk, familiarise yourself with the symptoms of dehydration and heat stress.


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Surveying one of the world’s rarest birds: Part one

The Norfolk Island morepork owl has a lot on its plate right now (and I’m not talking about insects). This owl has overcome serious threats to its existence, and isn’t out of the woods yet. It’s listed as an endangered species under the EPBC Act, and while it shares this label with a number of other plant and animal species on the island, few hold the same place in the hearts of Norfolk Islanders.


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Surveying one of the world’s rarest birds: Part two

Over the first week we were treated with some spectacular sightings, lots of calls and an exciting discovery, which filled us with optimism for the species and the survey project as a whole. In saying that, owls are notoriously elusive so we quickly became acquainted with the challenges of owl surveying. boobook2 One of our roles as surveyors is to record observations of owl calls. When a team member hears an owl call, they note down the estimated location and by triangulating the owl calls, we can make a few assumptions.


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Sunrise to sunset at Uluru

Whether you are a professional, amateur or opportunistic photographer, no-one comes away from the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park without at least one obligatory photograph of sunrise or sunset. Many come away with both which of course is ideal in this unique landscape! Guest bloggers Corinne Le Gall and Maree Clout went in search of the perfect photograph From the lookouts dotted inside the Ayers Rock Resort to the designated spots throughout the park proper, there are plenty of options to choose from to get a great image of Uluru.


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20km of barriers, 31 underpasses and 1 bridge: getting ready for the great crab migration

This blog first appeared on the Christmas Island Tourism Association blog. It is reproduced with their kind permission. It’s that time of year, when we await the pitter patter of little feet. About 400 million little feet in fact, as our resident population of 50 million red crabs start their annual migration to the sea to spawn. There’s a lot of work to do to help them on their way safely, to divert them from traffic, which Parks Australia has already commenced.


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Reaching new heights

Sunrises and sunsets at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are something to behold. But going one step further and taking a helicopter ride over the amazing landscape provides a different perspective – whizzing across a sky that is blazing colour. We opted for a sunset flight with the very accommodating Professional Helicopter Services. Our very friendly pilot Ash was keen we had ‘the best shot at getting the best shots’, and after our safety checks and advice we were soon moving closer to Uluru and Kata Tjuta, cameras at the ready!



Walking on sunshine at Uluru

Just a big rock? Guest bloggers and photographers, Corinne Le Gall and Maree Clout take the 10.6 km base walk around Uluru Photographically, Uluru is a visual delight. The scenery changes constantly, as does the mood of the landscape. Some parts are dry and sandy, just like you’d expect in a desert environment, while other parts are surprisingly vegetated and lush. The moment you first set eyes upon Uluru on the distant horizon, you get an idea of how much it dominates the surrounding landscape.


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From adorable to awesome - 10 Kakadu birds

Kakadu’s birdlife will blow you away. From colourful finches to majestic birds of prey, Kakadu is home to a third of Australia’s bird species. Of the roughly 280 bird species that call Kakadu home we’ve selected 10 favourites. 1. Rainbow pitta Pitta Iris KNP-TracksandPhotographyTours-RainbowPitta-CreditLaurieRoss The exotic-looking rainbow pitta lives in rainforest, mangrove and eucalyptus forest. Look out for it on the forest floor during the wetter months.


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How to become a birder just in time for Kakadu’s Bird Week

I like the idea of bird watching. When I think about the cockatoos and rainbow lorikeets that make my neighbourhood home, I love how they fly and shred eucalypts in community, I think their plumage is magnificent, and they have so much character in their eyes. But how do I make the most of this? I know I need binoculars … With Australia being home to close to 800 bird species, getting on my way to becoming a bird expert was a little daunting.


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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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