December’s edition of Reader’s Digest – out now – includes my feature article on snorkelling with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef – click the link for an online version at the Reader’s Digest website.

Ningaloo Reef is not only one of the planet’s most spectacular coral reef systems, it’s one of the few places where these huge, highly unusual sharks can be reliably encountered.

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Whale shark filter feeling just below the surface, Ningaloo Reef, WA. Photo by David Levell.

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Two features I have in magazines out right now – grab ’em!

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READER’S DIGEST (Aug 2016): Travel deep into Australia’s prehistoric past with the Australian Age of Dinosaurs team as they dig for dinosaurs, way out in the Queensland outback.

AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER (Aug-Sep 2016): Like three separately bound volumes of a Georgian gothic thriller, Tasmania’s trio of historic convict-built bridges – three of the four oldest bridges in Australia – are rich in atmosphere, character and stories.

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Elaborately decorative Ross Bridge (1836) in Tasmania’s Midlands

The Australian War Memorial in Canberra has recently overhauled its World War One Galleries, using innovative technology to enhance the experience without sacrificing heritage or succumbing to gimmickry. It’s a remarkable achievement: read all about it here, or on the Travel Insider website.

 

A link to my story on LIZARD ISLAND RESEARCH STATION, one of only four marine biology outposts on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Crown-of-thorns starfish at Lizard Island Research Station. This natural reef predator is favoured by manmade changes to water chemistry

Crown-of-thorns starfish at Lizard Island Research Station. This natural reef predator is favoured by manmade changes to water chemistry. Photograph: David Levell

 

 

 

My interview with Russell Crowe (click the name!) concerning his directorial debut The Water Diviner.

Russell discusses influences on his directing style and what drew him to this emotionally powerful tale of an Australian father who journeys to Gallipoli just after WW1, hoping to learn the fate of his soldier sons.

The interview appears in this month’s Qantas The Australian Way inflight magazine, which is also available as a free download via https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/qantas-magazine/id501279725?mt=8

Dinosaur hunting in outback western Queensland with the Australian Age of Dinosaurs team – click this link for my Dinosaur Dig story

Dig site 60km beyond Winton

Dig site 60km beyond Winton

Australovenator - love is his middle name

Australovenator – love is his middle name

Palaeontologist Scott Hocknull examines a newly unearthed femur

Palaeontologist Scott Hocknull examines a newly unearthed femur

Far from bone idle

Far from bone idle

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (ALL PHOTOGRAPHY COPYRIGHT DAVID LEVELL)

This month in Port Macquarie, NSW, the National Koala Conference will address many an issue concerning the shaky future of the iconic, laconic marsupial.

It’s a fitting location given that Port Macquarie’s famous Koala Hospital – Port’s leading tourist attraction –  is smack bang in the midst of one of Australia’s largest genetically viable wild koala populations.

Follow this link to my recently published koalas port macquarie feature story

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

A koala's hospital bed

A koala’s hospital bed

A check-up for Joanne

A check-up for Joanne

Cheyne Flanagan and volunteer treat a patient

Cheyne Flanagan and volunteer treat a patient

Westhaven Barry chugs di-vetalact

Westhaven Barry chugs di-vetalact