Letter from Istari - Summer 2022-23
The wetland dried up leaving lots of food for the snakes, goannas, water rats and birds.
Welcome to Istari 2023. Istari, the home of australianbushlife.com in the Clarence Valley of New South Wales, Australia. Istari is a Land...
Letter from Istari - December 2022
Spring is gone. The days are heating up, the goannas are out and about. Bells phase Goannas We have noticed two Bells Phase lace...
Crinkle bush (Lomatia silaifolia) flowers in late spring and summer.
Full streams and wet bush
After 85.5mm of rain over the recent rain event all the streams are flowing and the bush is wet. Thankfully no dangerous flooding.
Killing Cats Claw
... and other weeds The Australian bush is under constant threat of invastion from weeds of all types. There are a number on Istari...
Jack, Jill, Joey and winter friends
Winter at Istari with the scrub wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus) and other locals
Autumn ducklings and other regulars
Ducklings hatch and grow up while we isolate in the bush.
Bushfires Heat Koalas and Rain
The summer is almost over and it has rained. The fires have stopped. The days are almost constantly hot but unlike the later part of 2019,
The dry continues - fires, orchids and cockatoos
The dry continues in the Clarence. Although there has been some rain on the coast much of the valley is seeing little rain.
The creek water refuge has now disappeared so we put a container of fresh water in the bush and set a camera.
Letter from Istari - Winter Dry
A few light frosts arrived in June and the grass died off. Then came the real frosts. It dropped below zero several days in a row,...
Land for Wildlife
Have you ever seen these signs - "Land for Wildlife". You'll see them beside country roads, usually in bush areas. We had seen them...
One of our most common trees found growing around the house and surrounds is the narrow-leaved apple (angophora paludosa). It has had a huge
Black She-oak (allocasuarina littoralis) As the autumn moves into winter, along the roadsides and scattered throughout the bush, splashes...
Summer is here ...
Summer has arrived but thankfully the cicadas haven't started to 'sing' yet. The crunchy grass is finally beginning to grow again after...