• Life is Never Boring – Extreme Weather

    March 28, 2018
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    It never ceases to amaze me the amount of time and support long term locals give up to help their community across Outback Queensland.  The owners and staff of BOOBOOK (Ecological Consulting) are another great example of this, even if I do say so myself. Two years ago, I and some fellow like-minded people, started… Read more »

  • Life is Never Boring – Roma Tourism

    March 22, 2018
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    Hi, I’m Meryl and I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to help review the Roma Big Rig Oil Patch display along with other people from within the region.  A few years back the Maranoa Regional Council produced The Big Rig Master Plan, which identifies a lot of great actions.  Unfortunately funding availability has restricted… Read more »

  • Life is Never Boring – Part One

    March 8, 2018
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     Hi, I’m Meryl.  I live on the outskirts of a country town called Roma in Outback Queensland.  Between my family, the farm, running an ecological consulting business, ecotour business, and community interests, life is never boring.  This is the beginning of my Blog, as I aim to share with you weekly some of the day… Read more »

  • Hot Temps bring Reptiles to Life in Roma

    February 22, 2018
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    The last few weeks have been very busy with reptile relocations for our team here at Boobook. This was due to the dry and very hot (over 40 degrees Celsius) conditions we were experiencing in the Roma Region. Here’s a few tidbits from our jobs: The little fellow above is an Eastern Bearded Dragon and… Read more »

  • Introducing our Botanist, Rose

    January 18, 2018
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    What does being a botanist mean? If you check the dictionary the broad definition it gives is a person who studies all plant life – from grasses to tall trees. However there’s more to it for me. Being a botanist is not just learning the names of plants, it’s also about being passionate for plants,… Read more »

  • Toad or Frog – How to Tell the Difference

    January 4, 2018
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    The Cane Toad Rhinella marina continues its’ march across Australia, spreading from its original introduction sites on the tropical north Queensland coast. It’s now seen regularly in southern inland Queensland towns like Roma, Injune and Miles.  Cane toads are often confused with some of our larger kinds of native frogs. This sometimes leads people to… Read more »

  • Christmas Time in the Bush

    December 21, 2017
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    It may seem a little odd putting up snowflake and icicle decorations at Christmas time during the Australian summer. Though Australians are lucky to celebrate Christmas this time of year when we can enjoy delicious cold food, seasonal fruit and fresh seafood. It’s also a great time to explore the bush because many of our… Read more »

  • Duncan Armstrong gives Wallaroo Outback Retreat the Thumbs Up

    November 9, 2017
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    Story by Pauline MacDonnell. “Wallaroo is the perfect way to experience our incredible Aussie landscape with all the comfort and luxury of being in a five star hotel. I’ve travelled a great deal with my swimming career and work life, but rarely have I seen a better set-up than Wallaroo. I’ll be recommending Wallaroo to… Read more »

  • What are those Little Red Flying Foxes?

    October 19, 2017
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    By Scott Akins-Sellar, Senior Fauna Spotter Catcher, BOOBOOK.  Many people travelling through Roma and Outback Queensland during Spring may notice the presence of fruit bats not present at other times of the year. These are Little Red Flying Foxes (Pteropus scapulatus), and are a bit different from the species of flying foxes on the coast… Read more »

  • When Magpies Attack – What To Do

    October 5, 2017
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    Why do Magpies swoop? They’re normally very territorial birds. They’ll protect their territory from other birds throughout the year. They become very protective during their breeding season because they are protecting their eggs and young. How long does the swooping last for? The breeding season lasts from July to November throughout Australia. Their defensive behaviour lasts for… Read more »

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