New online project honours Australia, its rugged landscape and its evolving culture

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Websites on Wednesday 2 September 2015

The lovechild of Australian Geographic and MONA, The Territories is a multi-platform publication and curatorial project that explores the physical and psychological geographies of Australia through art, science, history, and everything in between. 

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WTF? Kangaroo waits patiently to cross the road in Australia

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Wednesday 19 August 2015

You’d think being on the national emblem would secure you an escorted red carpet crossing in Australia, but not in Mt. Buller, Victoria. 

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Skateboarding just got customizable with Penny Skateboards

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Wednesday 19 August 2015

Ben Mackay has been obsessed with skateboarding since he was five years old. But it wasn’t until he quit his job to build skateboards full-time that his passion became his life. 

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This is not art but strikingly blue salt fields of Australia

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 6 July 2015

When flying cross-country, you can see a number of spectacular sights. Fly over Arizona and you’ll see the Grand Canyon. Make it to northern Italy and you’ll see the towering Alps. But if you head on over to Australia, don’t expect to see just barren red land. Aussie photographer Simon Butterworth shows us that the outback is just as colourful as any place on Earth.

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Here’s the funniest crowdfunding video you’ll ever watch

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Monday 22 June 2015

There’s a little known town in country Victoria called Tatura, and the residents need your help. You see, Tatura has a grand old pub but over the years she’s fell into disrepair, so the residents have come up with a quirky way of getting their well-deserved pub makeover with Indiegogo.

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The incredible skies over Australia will leave you breathless

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 4 June 2015

Australia isn’t just a country with a zillion cute animals… and deadly ones. It’s also home to some of the planet’s most extraordinary skies. Simon Crerar put together an impressive list of Aussie skies that will leave everyone placing Downunder number one on their bucket list.

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These beefed up kangaroos will make you feel all sorts of awkward

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Saturday 23 May 2015

Digg Senior Editor Veronica de Souza says it all when she makes the comment, ‘Are they kind of hot? What am I feeling right now?’ about a bunch of meathead kangaroos. There’s nothing more awkward than looking at these ‘roos and wishing your better half had as much upper body muscle as these giant marsupials.

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A short film that looks into the lives of Trauma Cleaners

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By Dani Leever in New Film on Wednesday 20 May 2015

An independent documentary company from Australia, PLGRM, has made a short piece looking into the lives of Trauma Cleaners – people who have to clean up the absolute naaastiest of messes.

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A drone captured Dolphins surfing in Australia and it’s pretty magical to watch

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 15 May 2015

Aussie beaches are pretty spectacular, but what makes them even more spectacular? A pod of, say, 100 dolphins surfing! Dave Riggs captured this footage of playful dolphins off the coast of Western Australia. It was filmed with a quadcopter and as the video continues on, you get to see just how many bottlenose dolphins came to the surfing party – so many!

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Aussie farmer could face charges over his naughty hay sculptures

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Monday 27 April 2015

Well this is udderly ridiculous! A Victorian farmer, Bruce Cook, has been told to pull down his hay sculpture or be charged with publishing ‘graphic’ images. Mr. Cook, also known as Cooky, erected his rather funny hay sculpture on Good Friday.

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At age 109, Australia’s oldest man is still knitting tiny sweaters for oil-drenched penguins

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By Kenny Ong in News on Saturday 14 February 2015

Alfred Date took up knitting way back in the 1930s and after knitting many items for his family – he is a dad to 7 and a grandparent to 20 after all – he has since moved on to knitting sweaters for injured penguins drenched in oil caused by oil pollution of the seas.

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It finally happened! Aussies put vegemite inside their pizza crust, and the rest of the world are gagging!

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By Nicole Hughes in New Food and Packaging on Friday 23 January 2015

Pizza Hut went where not many companies would go. They advertised how much their customers hate their products. Well, one of them anyway. And it only makes us want to try it more! Just in time for Australia Day, Pizza Hut is launching a new pizza with a Vegemite-filled crust. Yep, that Vegemite, the typically Australian yeast paste, an acquired taste and one that (most) foreigners are definitely not used to (cue gag reflexes)

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Weird requests from travelling Aussies will make you shake your head in disappointment

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 12 December 2014

You’re an Aussie travelling through Europe and about to embark on a week-long trek through the Siberian wilderness, and suddenly your passport’s nowhere to be found. You’ve looked everywhere for it, too. The first thing you’d probably do (after cursing) is call an Australian consulate.

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One very curious koala takes in the serenity of the Australian shoreline

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Tuesday 2 December 2014

We’re used to seeing koalas out in the Australian wilderness, perched high in gum trees, maybe out on the road while crawling from tree to tree. But a koala enjoying the beach? Yup. Over on Queensland’s Magnetic Island, it’s quite common to see koalas enjoying an ocean view on the sand while tourists look on […]

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Fact: The Ice Age happened in Australia, too

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel, New Eco on Tuesday 25 November 2014

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Think ‘ice age’, and you’d probably think about Antarctica. Maybe we napped our way through geography classes when we were young enough to be in school… still, who knew that there’s rather compelling geographical evidence to show that Hallett Cove Conservation Park has seen the ice age 280 million or so years ago?

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