The Latest from Wild Australia

Outback Australia is one of the few remaining places on Earth where nature is vast, wild and abundant, largely untouched by destructive developments.

Australias natural heritage is threatened, however. Many of our outback districts are now empty of people to care for the land, which is becoming increasingly unhealthy due to destructive wildfires and the invasion of feral animals such as pigs and buffalo.

Less than 12% of Australias landscapes are protected in conservation parks, and only 5% of our seas and unique marine life are protected in sanctuaries from over-fishing and mining.

Expert conservation leaders from the Wild Australia Program are working with other Australian organisations to protect our wild places on land and sea. A partnership of the Pew Environment Group-Australia and The Nature Conservancy, Wild Australia works with Aboriginal organisations, conservation groups, industries and government agencies to secure protection and put good management practices in place. This work varies from supporting Indigenous Protected Areas to assisting with property purchases and advocating for the creation of marine sanctuaries.

wt takes a wide range of approaches to protect a whole landscape, and all our work is based on the best conservation science.

Our work will ensure that future generations of Australians, and visitors from around the world, can continue to live in and love these beautiful places.

 

Culture Australia

Since 1788, the primary influence behind Australian culture has been Anglo-Celtic Western culture, with some Indigenous influences. The divergence and evolution that has occurred in the ensuing centuries has resulted in a distinctive Australian culture. Since the mid-20th century, American popular culture has strongly influenced Australia, particularly through television and cinema. Other cultural influences come from neighbouring Asian countries, and through large-scale immigration from non-English-speaking nations.
ARTS

Traditional designs, patterns and stories infuse contemporary Indigenous Australian art, "the last great art movement of the 20th century"; its exponents include Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Early colonial artists, trained in Europe, showed a fascination with the unfamiliar land. The impressionistic works of Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and others associated with the 19th-century Heidelberg School the first "distinctively Australian" movement in Western art gave expression to a burgeoning Australian nationalism in the lead-up to Federation. While the school remained influential into the new century, modernists such as Margaret Preston, and, later, Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd, explored new artistic trends. The landscape remained a central subject matter for Fred Williams, Brett Whiteley and other post-World War II artists whose works, eclectic in style yet uniquely Australian, moved between the figurative and the abstract. The national and state galleries maintain collections of local and international art. Australia has one of the world's highest attendances of art galleries and museums per head of population.
Australian literature grew slowly in the decades following European settlement though Indigenous oral traditions, many of which have since been recorded in writing, are much older. 19th-century writers such as Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson captured the experience of the bush using a distinctive Australian vocabulary. Their works are still popular; Paterson's bush poem "Waltzing Matilda" (1895) is regarded as Australia's unofficial national anthem. Miles Franklin is the namesake of Australia's most prestigious literary prize, awarded annually to the best novel about Australian life. Its first recipient, Patrick White, went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1973. Australian winners of the Booker Prize include Peter Carey, Thomas Keneally and Richard Flanagan. Author David Malouf, playwright David Williamson and poet Les Murray are also renowned literary figures.