Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Two in the Top End

John Doyle and Tim Flannery team up once again as they make an eclectic journey across the top of Australia investigating the future of our last frontier.
In their first episode, which has just aired on ABC 1, they drove from Cooktown to Undara National Park, along roads I know well. It made me want to head back north. Right now. Bugger tomorrow's lecture. If I leave in the next couple of minutes, I could reach the Murray River before 1 a.m. And then it's only another four days to the Cape. Easy!

Failing that, I could just watch the first episode again on streaming video. The Two visited Cooktown, Black Mountain, the wind farm near Ravenshoe and Undara National Park. Unfortunately, they didn't linger long enough to get a good look at the sites — but there was some nice vision from the lava tubes, including shots of brown tree snakes (Boiga irregularis) picking off flying bats.

I spent time in Undara in May. Here are links to my posts from the region:
If I don't leave tonight, I'll have to wait until next year.


Next year it is, then.


Boobook said...

Can I come too? Two weeks in that area this wasn't anywhere near long enough.

Snail said...

Why not!

I love that part of the country. There's just so much to see.

Seabrooke said...

Tim Flannery's one of my favourite authors. I got to see him talk in person a couple years ago after The Weather Makers came out, and he was really good. This sounds like it'd be a really neat series to watch. Boooo for being on dial-up and not being able to stream video.

Snail said...

Tim Flannery and John Doyle are an entertaining and affable pair. In an earlier series they travelled down the Murray River in a tinnie and looked at the problems resulting from drought, irrigation and general mismanagement. The combination of Flannery's knowledge and earnestness and Doyle's interest and wit was a winner, I reckon.