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

Now into the last quarter of 2021… and international flights still a dream for many of us, Australians have continued the exploration of our own backyard, despite the border lockdowns. For those who can’t explore, a lot 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 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 sent us a poem from during her visit across the ditch in New Zealand, Autumn Passion and the two part Waitati Wandering.

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 first blog Treasures of our Western Bowerbird. From Camp Dogs and Beanies by Andrew Turner, he also reminiscence in The Camouflaged Pisser and reflects in his Part of the family… Our Bird Watching at the Beanie Festival takes us to The Art of Birds from our blogger Koh Lin, who also writes how he was smitten by the Faces of the Blue Moon.

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

  • Part of the family…
    Robustus – 2009 to 28 September 2019 Author Andrew Turner ◦ It was a shock to see a reminder on Facebook of the memory of the passing of our family member Ro… thinking of her all day and looking through our family album, we recall what it was to be part of our family. She…
  • The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter
    Author Oscarhire Alice Springs ◦ Things have been very rocky for our businesses lately. But thanks to a handful of positive inspirational people we have a variety of new food choices at the Gregory terrace end of the Todd Mall in Alice Springs, NT. It started with Outberry serving a selection of Acia bowls and…
  • The Doctors Have a Point
    Waitati Wandering – Part Two Author DaQua ◦ I relished my off the beaten track wanderings in Waitati, it is such a welcoming ‘village,’ oozing creativity, colour and sense of community. Locals tell of the lore and history of the place with a deep sense of connection. Waitati, or formerly Waitate (meaning ‘bubbling water’), is…

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.

For bird lovers, we are continually growing our content on birds with some wonderful photos from our contributors including Dorothy L. We are now starting to groups some of the bird species into their own collection such as Honeyeaters, Parrots, Raptors, Waders etc.

Recent additions including popular pages include the Channel-billed Cuckoo, Painted Finch (Emblema pictum), White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus), Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris radula), Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), Black Falcon (Falco subniger), and images of the soaring Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) and the beautiful markings of the juvenile Whistling Kite.

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