On the Southern Ramparts

Twenty-four Hours Atop Tasmania’s Forgotten Offshore Island Photography by Jon Frank, Story by Jock Serong Tasman Island stands sentinel over the southeast coast of…


Creating on the Coast – Manly

There’s a great deal of science and technique that goes into the design of speaking panels. Somewhere in the background behind Tony Jones, there…

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Alcoa, Anglesea and Air Action

A background story on the recent mine closure. A couple of weeks ago, Alcoa announced the closure of its coal-fired power plant and open-cut mine at…


East Coast Encore

The soundtrack to coastal icons and bohemian enclaves that one American couple discovered on a summer road trip from Sydney to the Woodford Folk…

Dupain House by Bruce Usher

The Dupain House

I’m not sure when I first heard about the Newport weekender. A Dutch family lived there for eleven and a half years: the family was…


Cape to Cape

Western Australia’s Margaret River region has developed such a reputation for wineries, surfing and gourmet produce that, imagining the place from afar, it’s possible to overlook the very thing that lies at the heart of all these pleasures: the coastal landscape.


Bass Strait Islands

Australian artist Fred Williams OBE (1927–82) was one of the greatest landscape painters of his generation and changed the way Australians viewed the landscape….


A Culture Adrift

The Bajau Laut people, also known as the “sea gypsies”, or “nomads of the sea”, live their entire lives on the ocean. This traditional community, living between the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, has adapted to life at sea as no other people in the world. However, poverty is forcing many families to abandon some of their traditional lifestyle and jump into modernity.


An Eye in the Sea

  I’ve been seduced by icebergs, and over the past few seasons I’ve been working on them at every opportunity. They’re a perfect metaphor…


Leanne Tennant: Bearing The Crown

Soon Leanne is seated on the timber porch, picking out sparse notes on her guitar, the sound disappearing into the thickened air, a space already occupied by rainbow lorikeets in the canopy above. A raucous chorus of birds and a heat like a lead weight, not entirely the elements of paradise most readily invoked in mid-winter daydreams.

Then it happens…

Photo: Phillip Hoare

The Diminishing Feast of Eden

Philip Hoare’s reflections on the Anthropocene, in the next Great Ocean Quarterly Volume 2:2 ~ Then, as suddenly as we sailed into the mist, the…


High Seas Drifter

  Did you know that you know a left-handed jellyfish? In Volume 2:2 of Great Ocean Quarterly Jennifer Ennion comes to grips (carefully) with the many mysteries of…

A Tall Ship on a Healing Mission

The SV Rhona H is a working ketch, even to the untrained eye. Sails and ropes and emergency gear, communications tech and busy crew scatter over her decks.

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Signs of Modern Humanity Found Near Cape Otway

These humans are volunteers with Museum Victoria, working on one of the continent’€™s most important paleontological sites. Known as Eric the Red West, this place was first explored in 2005 and has yielded fossils of mammals, plesiosaurs and fish from the Lower Cretaceous period, about 105-120 million years ago.

The Life of Shelly Beach By Daniel Parsa

There are several Shelly Beaches around the country, but this one is near Manly in New South Wales. The best way to get there is to walk from Manly along the Marine Parade. It’€™s a beautiful twenty-minute walk along the Cabbage Tree Bay.

The Number You Have Dialled Has Been Disconnected

Many years ago, in fact. But this telephone stands on a shattered timber platform dug into the side of a towering dolorite cliff, on an island at the juncture of the Southern Ocean and the Tasman Sea. There’€™s few more remote phone booths on the face of the earth.

Solo, but Never Alone: Digby Ayton’s French Sojourn

If you’€™ve ever been tempted to despair of the ‘€œKids these days’ variety, despair no longer. In our current issue, we bring you the story of an eighteen-year-old Tasmanian photographer, Digby Ayton, who came up with a personal vision of ‘€œschoolies’€ that makes supervised mobbing on council beaches look dull.

Marlon Williams: Silent Passage

Silent Passage is the rarest of songs: a ballad that makes you yearn for something you can’€™t quite place. What was Carpenter’€™s sailor yearning for? Home? Family? An end to his wanderings? Perhaps the writer foresaw his own future torments when he wrote this lyric.