Andrew’s Nature Blog

The Wisdom of Wilderness: Part 1 by Andrew Turbill

Some years ago I was invited to lead a mob of year 12 students on a week-long hike along some 65km of the Guy Fawkes River, west of Dorrigo. It was a schoolies week celebration but swapping out the glamour and inebriation of Gold Coast nightclubs for the introspection and sobriety of a remote natural […]

The Storm

Around midnight last night the insides of my eyelids exploded with electric-purple light, followed almost instantaneously by a tremendous thunderclap that surely put the chooks off the lay for weeks.  After leaping out of bed to madly shut doors and windows like preparing a submarine for its watery descent, I spent the next hour delightfully […]

Dumplings and Doves by Andrew Turbill

I was walking through Chinatown in the big smoke of Sydney last week looking for fresh dumplings when my phone vibrated. It was a message from my friend Matt. He wanted to know if I’d seen any Topknot Pigeons flocking over the valley and if so what the heck are they eating? I looked around […]

The Art of Adventuring by Andrew Turbill

There is a careful art to adventuring. The tricky part of any adventurous experience is ensuring your level of planning detail is not so overbearing as to snuff out any chance for misadventure. Too much misadventure and you likely won’t live long enough to tell the story (see film “Into the Wild”, for example), too […]

Young Naturalist Club Update

With four weekend field outings under their belt, the budding Young Naturalist Club, led by Andrew Turbill and Karina Davilas are beginning to get into a steady rhythm.  The group of 11 – 15 year olds and a scattering of parents have been to various locations across the region, including searching for lyrebirds at Dorrigo […]

Bush Toilet Tips and Other Stories by Andrew Turbill

At some point in your life’s journey the day may arrive when you will be required to solve, perhaps with great urgency, the rather mucky dilemma of how best to make an unscheduled organic deposit (known in the trade as a “bush-poo”) while out roaming the wilds. Chances are you will be without the familiar […]

The Young Naturalists Club Begins

On Mother’s Day Sunday (8th May), the newly minted Young Naturalist Club had its inaugural field outing to Dorrigo National Park. Led by Andrew Turbill and Karina Dàvila (who until recently worked as a tour guide in the Amazon), the outing was attended by 9 awesome young naturalists and a handful of parents. We’d set a […]