Louis Nowra burrows beneath the sensationalist Underbelly 'sex and sin' narrative, revealing stories and a cast of characters - some household names others little-known - that not even a writer could conjure up. Kings Cross is a no-holds barred place, where backpackers, prostitutes, strippers, chefs, mad men, poets, beggars, ... read more
"Stay close, take care," quacked Alexander's mother. But Alexander did not stay close and he did not take care. He straggled behind with his head in the air -- and disappeared down a deep dark hole. Can you help Alexander's mother, his brothers and sisters and all the passers-by solve the problem? A delightfully noisy, intera... read more
|Series:||Australian Children's Classics|
'Mulga Bill's Bicycle' was written by Banjo Paterson in 1896. It was written at a time when cycling was a relatively new and popular social activity. Cycles were ridden everywhere, including in the outback by shearers and other workers who needed to travel cheaply. It tells the hilarious story of Mulga Bill, who thinks he's ... read more
Helicopter pilot and photographer Scott Bridle offers a unique view of the vast cattle stations and raw natural beauty of outback Australia. Traversing Queensland, the Northern Territory and South Australia, his aerial shots - often captured one-handed while flying his chopper - reveal anew the vast expanses and beguiling pat... read more
The focus of Saltwater People - Sydney's Southern Beaches is on the shoreline - that high energy intersection between sea and land where waves, whipped-up by wind and storms, sometimes thousands of kilometers out to sea, announce their arrival in a final dramatic explosion, or caress it with a gentle cascade. This constant, h... read more
The creature from Berkeley's Creek thinks he's a bunyip but no one agrees because bunyips simply don't exist.
Edward the Emu was sick of the zoo, there was nowhere to go, there was nothing to do, and compared to the seals that lived right next door, well being an emu was frankly a bore!
Shortlisted, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, 1989
Shortlisted, Kid's Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALA) (NS... read more
Many members of Australia's wildlife live nowhere else on Earth. They are unique, the result of evolution on a continent that has been geographically isolated from the rest of the world for 38 million years. This is an account of how these animals have developed in response to changing climates and habitats.
|Series:||Australian Green Guides|
|Awards:||Winner of Whitley Award for the Best Children's Book in the Zoological Field 1999.|
Information is organized simply, with individual species or group entries describing key characteristics such as where they are found, food requirements and behavioural habits. Each entry is accompanied by a photograph and, where appropriate, distribution maps. A key feature of the text is the "gee whiz" sections, which answe... read more
|Series:||Michelin Green Guides|
The Australian Green Guides have been created for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. The most commonly asked questions are answered with particular emphasis on fascinating behavioural insights into both common and unusual creatures. The pages are alive with entertaining and informative text accompanied by exciting action photography.
Nature photographer Don Haddon has captured over 100 Australian birds in their native habitat - some for the first time. From sea and shore birds to night birds, honeyeaters and finches, striking photographs showcase the birds in intimate and breathtaking environments.
Ideal for the nature-loving traveler, Wildlife of Australia is a handy photographic pocket guide to the most widely seen birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and habitats of Australia. The guide features more than 400 stunning color photographs, and coverage includes 350 birds, 70 mammals, 30 reptiles, and 16 frogs likely to... read more
An authoritative and indispensable guide to Australia's fascinating trees.
For years I had wandered Australia with an aching heart. Everywhere I had ever travelled across the vast expanse of the fabulous country where I was born I had seen devastation, denuded hills, eroded slopes, weeds from all over the world, feral animals, open-cut mines as big as cities, salt rivers, salt earth, abandoned towns... read more
The photographs in this book date back to 1984. They have been taken on cattle stations between Queensland's Cape York Peninsula and Channel Country, across the top of the Northern territory and in Western Australia's Kimberley region.
The 125 year story of one of the worlds greatest urban parks. Centennial Park, in the heart of Sydney, opened in 1888 to mark the centenary of colonisation. It has been the stage for celebration of Federation and many other national milestones.This book begins in the earliest days of settlement, recounting the wild origins of... read more
Fiction (8 to 12 years)
|Awards:||Winner of YABBA Award for Fiction - Older Readers 2000 and Dymocks Children's Choice Awards: Favourite Older Reader 2000. Shortlisted for Book Data/ABA Book of the Year Award 1999.|
Limpy can't understand why humans hate all cane toads so much - they even squash them with their cars. He is determined to save his own family from ending up as flat as place mats. He sets off on a 'mucas-chillingly dangerous and wart-tinglingly daring journey' and risks everything to make humans see that cane toads are really very nice.
The story of Koala Lou, a soft, round and lovable baby koala who strives to gain the affection of her mother by entering the gum-tree climbing event in the Bush Olympics.
Miss Lily's fabulous pink feather boa is the most wonderful thing the Last Potoroo has ever seen. When Miss Lily dances the tango, the Last Potoroo can't take here eyes off it. And when she wraps it around herself, she feels for the first time in her life, that she can do anything-and everything!