Lang Heads Down Under

At long last I am visiting Australia, where I will record nature soundscapes and help my friend Carl Gerhardt with his research on frogs. Our trip will last about seven weeks. We fly to Brisbane (pronounced “Brisbon”) on Sept 19 and then quickly fly up to Cairns (pronounced “Cans”) in Queensland, where we will explore rainforest habitats … including Daintree National Park, Kuranda State Forest, the Atherton Tablelands, and more. From there we head south into New South Wales, visiting Lamington National Park and the famous O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat along the way.

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map of australia

The bulk of our trip will be spent in New South Wales, exploring a number of inland natural areas in the Great Dividing Range, to the north, west, and south of Sydney. If we get bored, we may jump a flight to Perth on the southwest coast or else zip north to Darwin where we would explore the nearby Kakadu National Park.

I will be blogging regularly during my trip, hopefully once every few days to a week (dependent, of course, on internet access). I will be sharing photographs and soundscape recordings and describing what it’s like to be immersed in natural soundscapes quite unlike those I am used to here in North America.

This is so very exciting for me. I’ve always wanted to visit Australia and spend some time in the bush. And now that time has come! Wish me luck!

map of Australia


  1. David Marsh says:


  2. David Marsh says:

    Hello Lang. What a great opportunity for you. I look forward to hearing about your adventure on your blog posts. I enjoyed seeing you at Hog Island and have meant to find out if you took Route 2 home through Massachusetts as we had discussed. Wishing you a safe and bountiful trip.

    • David: I indeed did take Rt.2 and very much enjoyed the trip. I also stopped in to see Don Kroodsma, a little north of Amherst. Hog Island was a lot of fun. I won’t be back next year (going to be out West in June), but I plan to return in 2014, if I’m still kickin’.

  3. Lang, I can’t wait to read about what you experience down there in your fantastic way of writing, it always makes me feel like I’m experiencing what you’re writing about. And of course I can’t wait for the soundscapes! 🙂

    That must be so exciting. Good luck!

  4. Good luck Lang!!! Please, keep us informed and post about your journey..

  5. Zack Frieben says:


  6. Good on ya, mate! Have a great time.

  7. bob mcguire bob mcguire says:

    Here’s “luck to you, mate”. Keep your GPS on and stay safe. Return home with a bag full of great recordings.

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