THE WHO’S WHO OF WILDIARIES EX­PE­RI­ENCE

The Wildiaries Experience Travel Brochure - - Private Journey -

Wildiaries founder Si­mon Mus­toe says cre­at­ing the se­ries, a co-pro­duc­tion with Tourism Aus­tralia, was an ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence de­spite some long hours and large dis­tances (and one over-friendly jel­ly­fish).

“The emo­tional bond to home is a feel­ing we can all un­der­stand. When we travel we seek the com­pany of those who care most about the place they live. It has been an hon­our to meet some amaz­ing peo­ple on our jour­ney,” Si­mon says.

“Na­ture’s power to in­spire comes through strongly when you speak to them. These are peo­ple you prob­a­bly have never heard of but their love, un­der­stand­ing of and con­nec­tion to the place they live is some­thing we can all em­pathise with.”

“Meet­ing the char­ac­ters and learn­ing about Aus­tralia through their eyes has changed my life. Peo­ple’s re­sponse to the se­ries has been won­der­ful.”

“Today many of us live in a very fast world which is cre­at­ing an anx­ious so­ci­ety. Yet dur­ing the time I’ve spent with these peo­ple who live great ’out­door lives’ I’ve re­dis­cov­ered emo­tions and cu­rios­ity I haven’t felt since I was a child.” “And isn’t this what we yearn for when we travel? Isn’t it why more than two thirds of visi­tors to Aus­tralia seek a con­nec­tion with wildlife and na­ture?” “Imagine what Aus­tralia will achieve if ev­ery­one who visits here gets to feel the way we do when we watch these films.”

“And that feel­ing is the heart of Wildiaries and it’s why we are so ex­cited to be part of pro­duc­ing these films,” Si­mon says.

Some of the high­lights the crew en­coun­tered in­cluded a rare in­vi­ta­tion to a Tas­ma­nian Devils’ al­fresco din­ner party, cap­tur­ing the first wild footage of the highly en­dan­gered Moun­tain Pygmy Pos­sum and an ad­ven­ture in the hang­ing swamps of the Blue Moun­tains with a pre-his­toric giant dragon­fly.

In the Aus­tralian Alps, they vis­ited a farmer and sci­en­tist mak­ing great strides in sav­ing the Booroo­long Frog and spent an en­chant­ing af­ter­noon rem­i­nisc­ing with the ven­er­a­ble Peter O’Reilly, scion of a fa­mous fam­ily of North­ern NSW na­ture lovers.

In the Kimberley, a night sleep­ing be­side Lake Ar­gyle with thou­sands of stars re­flected across a vast hori­zon re­minded the crew just how great it is to be alive.

Then Si­mon met the jel­ly­fish. Sport­ing a huge crim­son jel­ly­fish sting on the side of his face af­ter the en­counter, he was philo­soph­i­cal, and sore.

“It was just a slap in the face to re­mind you that the wild is just that - wild and un­pre­dictable and you shouldn’t get in the way of a blue blub­ber,” Si­mon says.

More mys­ter­ies were re­vealed on a film­ing ex­pe­di­tion to Western Aus­tralia’s Time­less North and Vic­to­ria’s Great Ocean Road. “We dis­cov­ered there are sev­eral di­men­sions to this in­cred­i­bly pic­turesque place that you think is just a great sweeping road. Hid­den from that road­side view is an ex­tinct vol­cano, moun­tain lakes, Satin Bower­birds, glow worms and colonies of Koalas,” Si­mon says.

“In the Time­less North, some peo­ple we en­coun­tered are so laid back and wise - they have a to­tally dif­fer­ent way of life and they think hard about what is around them.”

“Sit­ting in front of a 7 foot an­cient Abo­rig­i­nal mu­ral in a cool, serene cave was an ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence. It was so ob­vi­ous why this was a sa­cred site and how universal hu­man­ity’s search for beau­ti­ful places is,” Si­mon says. You can view the Na­tional Land­scapes Na­tureSeries by click­ing the video links next to the prod­ucts in this brochure.

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