Wombat teeth don’t stop growing, which has posed a problem for this captive wombat who’s been skipping her healthy foods.
Eight native birds have been released into the wild after being bred at two zoos under a program to bolster the endangered species’ declining population.
With a luxurious coat of fur that resembles the colour of fresh hot chocolate, the chocolate wattled bat is one cute critter.
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With mangroves to the north, fringing coral reefs and a secluded campsite that accommodates just 12 people a night, Hook Island’s Crayfish Beach is a golden spot for camping.
Delicate corals, exposed in one of the lowest tides in years, provide vital habitat for marine life in the waters surrounding Planton Island.
Although Whitsunday Island is one of the region’s most popular spots, it has hidden treasures including Nari’s Beach, which has a limit of six campers per night.
Boats such as Scamper ferry visitors between islands.
The author takes a break on one of South Molle’s walking tracks to soak up the view of Planton Island and beyond it, Cid and Whitsunday islands.
Nari’s Beach is an island idyll.
French visitors (from left) Christophe Brenner, and siblings Vincent and Natalie Pertue at Crayfish Beach. “You can’t do this in France,” Natalie says.
The luminescent sands and kaleidoscopic blues of Hill Inlet, at the northern tip of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, are an undeniable drawcard for day-trippers. Stay overnight, however, and there will be time to venture beyond the lapping waters to sites important to the Whitsundays’ traditional custodians, the Ngaro – a rock shelter with paintings and artefacts, and open middens.
Don a snorkel and goggles in Butterfly Bay, Hook Island, or dip your paddle into the gin-clear water of Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Island.
Kayaker Marcelle Balt returned to her Whitehaven Beach campsite, 7 km to the south of Hill, on dusk to revel in splendid isolation: she was the only camper at one of Australia’s most famous, picture-postcard beaches.
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