Exciting Botanicals- Updated with Exciting News!

Do you love Australian native plants? Do you love gin? Good news! Botanicals are the essential ingredients of gin, and Australian distillers are capturing our imagination with the use of native Australian botanicals. And more news just to hand- Brookie’s Gin, created by Cape Byron Distillery (about which you can read more, below) has won…

Summer’s end in an Australian forest

The Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve in the central west of New South Wales is a magnet for bird watchers and bushwalkers. I walked there last Sunday with my friends from Mudgee Bushwalking Club. The day began with a treat- an excellent sighting of a male Superb Lyrebird.  With his long, gracefully curved tail feathers, he…

Good soil- who needs it?

Do you love brilliant wildflowers? Right now, you’ll find them thriving in the sandy, nutrient-poor soils derived from the Hawkesbury Sandstone, the bedrock on which Sydney is built. It’s the infertility of the soil that’s responsible for striking and unique plant forms which are quintessentially Australian. Thousands of visitors flock to the National Parks north…