World-beating winemaker Michael Fragos sees his South Australian vineyards as the perfect spot to grow grapes. The only problem is the lack of water in one of the country's driest states, a hurdle that he and other McLaren Vale vignerons have overcome by using treated waste water to irrigate the deep green vines.
Extreme drought, ferocious bushfires and urban development are killing Australia's koalas and could push the species towards extinction within a decade, environmentalists are warning. Alarms about the demise of the iconic and peculiar animal, which sleeps about 20 hours per day and eats only the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, have been raised before.
At 22, Sam Brett is one of Australia's most widely read writers. But it's not her insights into politics, the economy or even sport that have her readers hooked. The pithy columns on Brett's blog are far more personal, delving instead into the intricacies of sex and relationships in the cyber-age. One day's talking point will be why men cheat; another's whether office relationships always end badly.
Anderson Dua likes the way his collection of World War II aircraft lies exposed to the elements, kept almost exactly as they were when downed or abandoned in the battle of Guadalcanal. Pounded by the blazing tropical sun on the jungle's edge outside Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, the planes have been pierced with bullet holes. Dua doesn't believe in repairing them. "It's not interesting," he says.