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GALLERY: The secret scenes of the Bass Strait

History & Culture

Huddled in the unforgiving Bass Strait is a remote cluster of islands with fewer than 900 residents. The Furneaux Group is a quiet place of ancient rituals, stunning scenery and a violent history. All photos by Cameron Cope. Read more about life on the islands and The Furneaux Group’s history in Sandy Guy’s feature in AG#135, out now.

GALLERY: Discover Dirk Hartog Island

Destinations

On 25 October 1616, Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog landed on a long, narrow island off the Gascoyne coast in Shark Bay. To mark the 400th anniversary of the first Dutch contact with Western Australia, an ecological project aims to restore the island to the wilderness it was in 1616. Enjoy these stunning pics of WA’s biggest isle and read more in the latest issue of Australian Geographic (AG#134).

Heron Island: Queensland’s tropical paradise

Destinations

Heron Island may be small, but it’s 11x5km reef is home to 60 per cent of fish species and 70 per cent of coral species found in the Great Barrier Reef. It’s also a nesting site for green and loggerhead turtles, as well as tens of thousands of sea birds.