Lisa Blair is the first woman to sail solo and unassisted around Antarctica. The dangerous journey took her 184 days to finish and almost killed her when her mast broke in the middle of nowhere in giant seas. The courageous sailor survived the incident to fulfil her dream and tell her incredible story. It made her not only grow as a sailor but as a person. Since then she’s added another record to her belt: the first woman to circumnavigate Australia on her own. And as if all this isn’t enough, plans for a new adventure are already underway.
Here you can find out more about Lisa´s adventures:
This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Liz Ginis (Managing Editor Digital at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).
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Science & Environment
A team of scientists have developed the world’s first acoustic observatory, designed to analyse the health of our ecosystems by listening to the various croaks, wing flaps and splashes, or lack there of.
Young Aussie Lachlan Smart is attempting to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.
From the oldest rainforest to the youngest hot spring, the longest highway to the largest sand island, these unique locations hold the world record in their respective fields and are sure to trigger your wanderlust. We take a look at 7 of these alluring places in an extract from the original book by Samantha Wilson, Ultimate Record Breaking Destinations.
On This Day
On a cold night on 18 June 1993 entrepreneur Dick Smith floated into the history books – making the first non-stop flight across Australia in a hot air balloon.
History & Culture
Australian Geographic’s founder Dick Smith and fellow balloonist John Wallington went down in history on 18 June 1993 – beating odds that seven other attempts failed to overcome – and became the first people to fly a hot air balloon across the Australian continent. The Australian crossing had been tried by many with no luck. In the end, however, their epic adventure was a little over 40 hours.
Heather and Glenn Swann attempt several Australian and world records for BASE jumping.