• 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 »

  • 5 Species of Migratory Birds You’ll Find in the Roma Region

    September 4, 2017
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    BOOBOOK Ecologists, like Craig Eddie and Richard Johnson, get excited as spring approaches.  Not only does this time of year bring the reptiles back out of their winter hiding places, it is also usually brings an increase in birds and their songs throughout the Roma region.   Some of the birds we see in our part… Read more »

  • Spring has Sprung: Watch out for Wildflowers

    August 24, 2017
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    What do wildflowers look like? Wildflowers can be any native flowering plant, including tree, shrubs and herbage. Usually associated to form carpets of colours, such as those famous in Western Australia. Gum trees can turn snowy white, and drip with nectar, blue blur of bluebells growing on the edges of roads, golden blaze of wattles,… Read more »

  • Bigger than Ben-Hur – A Party in the Outback

    August 17, 2017
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    By Pauline MacDonnell If you lived in the middle of Brisbane, few would ever consider hosting their own 40th birthday party in their home or backyard.   The idea of throwing a 21st birthday or better yet their own wedding at home is just not a thought worth entertaining.   It would be so much easier to… Read more »

  • Reptiles on the Move

    August 10, 2017
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    Meryl Eddie here from BOOBOOK Ecotours, Roma, Outback Queensland. Even though we’ve had a relatively warm winter in Outback Queensland, the winter months have been cool enough to encourage most of our Australian reptiles to stay tucked away for a while longer.   Although not as long as I expected: It’s early August and our last… Read more »

  • Sturt’s Desert Rose: A rare find in Outback Queensland

    August 2, 2017
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    Guests on BOOBOOK Ecotours most recent Wheat, Wells and Wildlife Day Tour in Outback Queensland have been treated to views of one of the Roma region’s most spectacular wildflowers – Sturt’s Desert Rose, known scientifically as Gossypium sturtianum. It was a surprise for many guests to see this plant which is more often spotted within… Read more »

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