Welcome to Ausemade… coming to you from the ‘heart of Australia’.

Now passed the midway point of 2021… and international flights still a dream, many of us have continued the exploration of our own backyard, despite the border lockdowns. For those who can’t explore, many of us share what we can through social media and our own websites, as we look into the future to a changed and changing world…

Our website continues with the revamp and its new look with more images, as we continue with expanding our content and bring some of our personal touches.

Our blogs section have a great selection of articles, with blogger DaQua, who took us on a journey, both physically and mentally in her 7 part blog Alice to Auburn – the Audacity of Adventure. From her heart, she now sends us a poem from across the ditch in New Zealand, Autumn Passion.

We also have our blogger JeLa D with photos by Dorothy L., who gave us a great story with CBC… Fostering and the sequel A Home Like Alice. There is our flashback to 2010 with the Night of a Thousand Croaks and Camp Dogs and Beanies by Andrew Turner, that took us to the popular Alice Springs Beanie Festival and our Bird Watching at the Beanie Festival. From blogger Koh Lin we have our beautiful The Art of Birds.

We hope you enjoy our blogs, where we will be bringing our thoughts, our musings, our experiences… through articles and blog style quirky ramblings.

  • New Zealand has a Castle?
    Author DaQua ◦ As a woman who hails from Wales, a land of myths and castles, my curiosity was piqued when I learnt that across the harbour from Dunedin, on the Otago Peninsula, stood New Zealand’s only castle. Wales, is a country sometimes referred to the as “the castle capital of the world,” due to…
  • Bird Watching at the Beanie Festival
    Alice Springs Beanie Festival Author Koh Lin ◦ Alice Springs is renowned destination for bird watching. It is also known as the Beanie Centre of the world, with its iconic festival event that brings all sorts of beanies from around Australia and also from overseas. So who would have guessed that this unique festival event…
  • Leaving Alice on Jet Plane – Over the Ditch with Da Qua
    Tales of Travel in the Trans-Tasman Bubble Author DaQua ◦ Farewell’s bade and hugs all-round the excitement of flying again was building – it was time to leave the Covid comfort of the Territory, relative to the rest of the world, and try out the Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble that had taken so much time, patience,…

From our archives, we introduce “art in the park” or as in the case of Alice Springs “Art in the Botanic Garden“. Some of these works are still amazing even after all this time and look forward for the next event. Central Australia is a vibrant artistic centre, with amazing works from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists. Check out our content Snapshots: Art of Alice Springs (the page and section Snapshots will continue to grow and evolve).

Meeting Place, artist Vicki Skoss - (stone, corrugated iron, wood, wire)
Meeting Place, artist Vicki Skoss – (stone, corrugated iron, wood, wire)

Street Art is huge around the world, with Central Australia the backdrop for some amazing Alice Springs Street Art. New works appearing on the street from June 2021

Life Cycle of the Yeperenye Caterpillar - artist Jimmy DVATE
Life Cycle of the Yeperenye Caterpillar – artist Jimmy DVATE / assisting artist Mark Twohig, Jesse Bell / steel sculpture artist Janine Stanton / Scientist Fiona Walsh

As we are based in the heart of the continent, we will show you much more content from Central Australia. Like the region’s local Western Bowerbirds, we will be bringing nuggets of treasures, of places we have been to, things we have seen, and other items that catch our interest.

Don’t worry, we will be retaining some of our popular content, including many of the photos and images, fauna, flora and Aboriginal art and culture… all the things that make Australia home…

Common Eggfly Butterfly (Hypolimnas bolina)
Common Eggfly Butterfly (Hypolimnas bolina nerina)

Take a stroll through our site, as we ‘showcase Australia’… See the places we have been, share our interest in flora and fauna, festivals and events that we have experienced, and learn about Australia from the coasts to ‘the living heart’…

Flora and fauna is one of our favourite subjects at Ausemade… indeed what a poorer world we would live in if there was not the beautiful diversity. In Australia there is an amazing array of life from the smallest of insects to the huge whales that swim up and down our coastline.

White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus)
White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus)

There is the rare Waddy-wood (Acacia peuce), and if you can travel, you can see the waddy at the Mac Clarke Conservation Reserve. Even in our own backyards, we can be surprised and delighted by what grows and lives there. New addition includes the Channel-billed Cuckoo, Painted Finch (Emblema pictum), White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus), Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris radula),

New content has been added to Alice Springs, including listing of accommodation, attractions and places to eat in Alice Springs. There are also topical stuff that reveals the not so arid heart as we talk about Water in Central Australia.

We look forward to up-coming events and look back at those that have been and gone including the Parrtjima Festival and Alice Springs Beanie Festival, as well as attractions that have remained open such as the Alice Springs Desert Park and of course the many scenic locations in Central Australia.

Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2019
Alice Springs Beanie Festival

Throughout the site we source information, listing them in our Footnotes & References and on our publication page, we list books and other resources we enjoy here at Ausemade.

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Helicopter tour - aerial view over West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, NT
Helicopter tour – aerial view over West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, NT