Monthly Archives: June 2016

Ben Cropp’s – Wild Australia

ViewLorium has a wide range of documentaries and some of the most popular are those in the Ben Cropp – Wild Australia series. Two of the most popular Ben Cropp documentaries currently screening on ViewLorium are –

Wonders of a Billabong

The billabong has become one of Australia’s icons, thanks to it being made *famous* by the poems of Banjo Patterson. A billabong is basically a river that has been cut off, when a river changes its course it often leaves a banana shaped stretch of water, over time this area becomes land locked and transforms itself into a tranquil lagoon – a billabong.

In Wonders of a Billabong Ben chooses to show viewers one of the best billabongs he has ever seen this one is located outside Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory. This stunning billabong is literally teaming with life and Ben (who is filming in High Definition) captures all of the amazing wildlife and the beautiful scenery. Watching the wildlife we learn how the daily predator VS prey of the animal kingdom is played out – a daily upheaval that takes place in an otherwise tranquil and pristine billabong.

In this apparently calm lagoon you’ll see the water full of crocodiles – both the harmless fresh water and the dangerous salt water varieties, learn how they prey on the turtles, barramundi, cat-fish and file snakes that call this billabong home. There are other lizards living there too including the water dragons that also feed on smaller prey.

There is a range of birdlife flying over head including darters, cormorants, pelicans and osprey eagles – all who are capable of diving and capturing the fish that live in the billabong. Ben captures crocodiles stalking and catching a wild pig and a wallaby! This amazing 52 minute documentary captures the beauty of this uniquely Australian icon both above and below the water.

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This Rugged Coast – The Coral Labyrinth

The area at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef – Swains Reef remains largely still uncharted which presents a huge challenge for even the most experienced sailors. It is also an area teaming with the world’s largest collection of venomous sea snakes, watch as Ben encounter these dangers as he takes you an another adventure through this wild and dangerous area off Australia’s coast.

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Travel OZ – Movie Review

Travel Oz is a brilliant TV show/documentary that screens on ViewLorium; this is a 10 part series starring Greg Grainger. We join him on his many travels around Australia – including along the Murray River.

This epic 2520km journey begins at the rivers source at Cowombat Flat to the sea – near Goolwa in South Australia. The Murray River divides the borders of New South Wales and Victoria. Just 40 kilometres from Mt Kosciusko – Australia’s highest peak the snow is falling as Greg discovers the headwaters of the Murray River, moving through *the Man from Snowy River* country to the upper Murray and Lake Hume. You’ll see Australia’s diverse *food bowl*, local communities, orchards, wineries, Murray Cod nurseries and much more.

In Echuca see the largest paddle steamer fleet and experience the peace and tranquillity of house boating on the Murray River. In Mildura you’ll meet legendary chef Stefano de Pieri and explore the Perry Sandhills with local Paakantji Aboriginal guide Graham Clarke from Harry Nanya, and kayak through the stunning biosphere near Renmark Paringa in South Australia.

As the Murray River heads south from the great nor’ west bend at Morgan, Greg shows you Lock No 1 with it unique fish ladder and in Big Bend, the stunning golden ancient limestone cliffs. Greg encounters some local seals as he completes his Murray River journey by paddling out to the Southern Ocean and Encounter Bay.

Why not take the time to join with Greg for this wonderful and uniquely Australian river experience along the Murray River.

Some of the highlights of just this one episode include

  • A forest of dead red gums on the Hume Weir that is both beautiful and eerie
  • A cattle roundup with a horse riding family in the Upper Murray
  • Exploring the tunnels and watching the release of water at the Hume Weir
  • Travelling on paddle steamers and seeing them being restored
  • Kayaking the Biosphere near Renmark Paringa
  • Seeing many of the amazing *Characters* Greg meets along the way
  • Cooking with master chef Stefani de Pieri
  • The farmers who raise everything from oranges and mandarins to sheep and Murray Cod
  • The locks, the lock masters and the fish ladders

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