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.
Kookaburras calling. Free media from www.environment.nsw.gov.au
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!