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Rottnest Island, Western Australia

After the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Dirk Hartog and Middle Island in the Recherche Archipelago my fourth and final Western Australia island visit was Rottnest. This is all for a forthcoming book from the National Library of Australia to be titled Australia’s Islands. ▲Rottnest was dubbed Rat’s Nest by the early Dutch explorer who mistook the […]

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Middle Island & the Recherche Group, Western Australia

My third Western Australia island excursion for my forthcoming National Library of Australia book Australia’s Islands took me to the town of Esperance and out into the Recherche Archipelago. That very French name came from Bruni D’Entrecasteaux who encountered the islands in 1792 and named the group after his ship Recherche. The town takes its […]

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Dirk Hartog Island

My research travels for my forthcoming book Australia’s Islands took me to the Houtman Abrolhos Islands off the west coast of Australia and then further north to Dirk Hartog Island. This remote sandy island stretches 80km north-south, but often not more than 10km wide and is just west of Shark Bay and that dolphin-friendly tourist […]

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On Travel – from Melbourne University Press

I’ve got a new book – On Travel – just out from Melbourne University Press and selling for all of A$14.99. The ‘on something’ series are a handy little collection of essays on interesting topics ranging from Patriotism (Paul Daley), via Lust & Longing (Blanche d’Alpuget) and Sleep (Nikki Gemmel) to Beauty (Susan Johnson) or […]

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The Houtman Abrolhos Islands – Western Australia

I’m working on Australia’s Islands, a book to be published by the National Library of Australia in late 2019. My island explorations recently took me to the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, about 60km offshore from Geraldton, which in turn is 400km north of Perth. There are more than 100 low-lying islands and they’re clearly a danger […]

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