Tag: Australia

Pushing the limits of photography: Krystle Wright

Talking Australia
Pushing the limits of photography: Krystle Wright
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Regarded as one of the world’s leading female extreme adventure photographers, Krystle Wright is always pushing the limits of her craft. Also a cinematographer and director, she gave up city living to pursue her dream and hasn’t looked back. Her personal desire for adrenaline and passion for paragliding almost cost her her life in a serious accident in Pakistan in 2013. On this episode she talks about the reward of going the extra mile for a great story or image, and she shares how draining her profession and lifestyle can be at times and how she had to readjust to being stuck at home and unable to travel the globe during the pandemic. This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Liz Ginis (Managing Editor Digital at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

The first woman to swim around Lord Howe Island: Lauren Tischendorf

Talking Australia
The first woman to swim around Lord Howe Island: Lauren Tischendorf
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Lauren Tischendorf took on a special challenge and became the first woman to swim around Lord Howe Island. The gruesome 35km ocean swim took her 13 hours, negotiating large swells and shark-studded waters throughout. South African-born Lauren became a regular swimmer at Sydney’s beaches but got sparked on by belittling remarks of fellow, primarily male, swimmers about her ability to keep up. This motivated her to push even harder. Lauren has a penchant for testing her physical and mental resilience; she has participated in ultra-marathon races before eventually eying off Lord Howe. In preparation for her island circumnavigation, the 37 year old swam 35km a week for the past three years. This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Liz Ginis (Managing Editor Digital at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).   You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

South Australia

Eyre Peninsula

The bountiful waters along the windswept coastline of the lower Eyre Peninsula have long offered up both tragedies and a wealth of resources.

Destinations

Magnetic attraction

With an idyllic life of its own between the tourist peaks, Magnetic Island is a unique destination that calls people back time and time again.

Unraveling the secrets of the Echidna: Peggy Rismiller

Talking Australia
Unraveling the secrets of the Echidna: Peggy Rismiller
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Peggy Rismiller made it her calling to slowly unravel the mysteries of the world’s oldest species of mammal – the echidna. In the late 80s she joined the team at the Pelican Lagoon Research and Wildlife Centre on Kangaroo Island and since then her work has earned her international recognition. On this episode she shares some amazing facts about these fascinating animals that we still know so little about. She also talks about the effects of the raging 2019 bushfires on the island and its echidna population. This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).   You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

Protecting our giant Earthworms: Beverley van Praagh

Talking Australia
Protecting our giant Earthworms: Beverley van Praagh
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Reaching up to 3m in length the giant Gippsland earthworm may be the world’s largest of its kind. Often mistaken for a snake due to its size, this creature can only be found in a few locations in Victoria. The worms are under serious pressure by agricultural use of their habitat so, for the last 30 years, ecologist Beverley van Praagh and her team at the Giant Earthworm Project have been working closely with the Victorian government and local farmers to find ways to ensure the survival of this fascinating species. This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).   You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic