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Michaela’s Map: Australia’s Wine & Wildlife

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Watch as the Michaela’s Map crew explores several of the sixty winemaking regions down under, from the acclaimed Barossa Valley to the up-and-coming Mudgee region.

The country’s geographic size and diversity mean almost every time of soil and climate can be found here, ideal for winemaking.

Australia has over 2,000 wineries, a third of which are family-owned, with 50% of the wine being produced in South Australia, with its cool weather and light varietals ideal for pairing with local cheeses. The region is known for chardonnay, pinot noir and its abundance of native animals.

The Barossa Valley may be best known for its Shiraz, a full-bodied red with notes of chocolate and spice, but we met local winemakers who create everything from Cabernet Sauvignon to crisp whites named after the Great White sharks just off the shores of the Eyre Peninsula- no drinking and shark diving please! And in Victoria, the cooler climate is ideal for pinot noir, pinot gris and fruity chardonnay.

Along with the varietals, Australia as a variety of wildlife. Where else in the world can you sip a glass of wine at sunset in a field of kangaroos? See more at:

Michaela’s Map: Australia’s Wine & Wildlife - Recipes

Whether you’re embarking on an epic South Australian road trip or dreaming about a day trip from Adelaide – you’ll definitely want to include the Barossa as a destination!

Perfect for the self-drive adventurer, your travels will lead you through the Barossa’s gorgeous landscapes, historic towns and villages and renowned wine and culinary experiences.

Choose a wine and food trail, take a day trip tip from a local, go your own way or rest your head during an epic road trip - and discover the beauty of the Barossa for yourself.

Start your Barossa journey here…

Epic South Australian Road Trips

South Australia has the perfect recipe for road tripping, with its lush rolling wine country, staggering outback views, amazing wildlife and picture-perfect coastlines. Choose from one of these epic SA road trips, and plan to break your trip in the Barossa!

A superb array of wines and spectacular scenery come together along The Epicurean Way, which seamlessly links the Barossa with three other SA wine regions.

Start this road trip with a stay in the Barossa before exploring the sandy playground of the Yorke Peninsula, with its pristine beaches, secluded hideaways and sprawling national parks.

*Salt Lake, Isaac Foreman, Serio

Rest your head in the Barossa for a few nights on your way to the magnificent Flinders’ Ranges and beyond, where vast open space and abundant wildlife await.

*Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park, Harry Vick

Day Trips from Adelaide

There's an ease in taking a day trip to the Barossa – the region is closer than you think! You’ll be in the Barossa in less than one hour’s drive from Adelaide city or Adelaide airport, perfect for a spontaneous adventure when you discover some precious free time. Whether its for brunch, lunch or dinner, a day out with the kids, time connecting with nature, or discovering a new favourite winemaker or two – a daytrip to the Barossa makes for a wonderful escape. We asked some Barossa locals to share their ideal Barossa Day Trips for your inspiration. You can explore them all or preview some highlights below.

Michaela’s Map: Australia’s Wine & Wildlife - Recipes


MICHAELA is an American media executive, entrepreneur, speaker and on-air show host. She is the executive producer for two original award-winning series, Michaela’s Map and OhThePeopleYouMeet . Her recent episode on Sierra Leone is a finalist in theWildlife Conservation Film Festival and World Travel Market Africa’s Under The African Skies Awards, for “Most Compelling Sustainable Story.” Based in New York City, she is also an adjunct professor at New York University School of Professional Studies, where she teaches a course called, “Travel Storytelling: Creating Video Content”. In response to COVID-19, Michaela created a daily LIVE at 5pm IGTV show called on @MichaelaGuzy #InspirationStation which is a viral success.

Recently featured on BravoTV’s Tour Group’s talking head travel series, Michaela is often asked to appear as an industry expert and public speaker, from curating conversations, moderating panels and conducting interactive workshops to giving inspiring keynote presentations for industry partners. Her Michaela’s Map: Australia series has been featured on American Airlines in-flight entertainment.

She appears as a sustainable, transformative travel & authentic human connection expert on morning shows across the United States.


Before buzz words like travel video, travel influencers, sustainability, giving back, community, transformation and mindfulness were a “thing,” Michaela Guzy led a very different life. In her prior corporate life, she served as the VP/Global Travel and Strategic Development at American Express Publishing. First, Michaela became uninspired by the lack of in depth content that inspired her to get out and explore. Second, she couldn’t go back to an advertising partner one more time with an ad buy disguised as an integrated package. In 2012, Michaela departed Corporate America, founded OhThePeopleYouMeet (OTPYM). OTPYM is an editorial content site and video series for socially conscious consumers, thought leaders and responsible travelers seeking authentic local connection everywhere they journey. She packed her bag and took off for sub-saharan Africa by herself for three and a half months. Those first months, Michaela documented stories of interesting people doing inspiring things.

With Michaela at the helm, OTPYM has grown into a collaborative collective of over 110+ content contributors across the globe with an omni channel digital approach to content distribution from broadcast, digital, social, publication and even in-flight entertainment.

Michaela originally hails from St. Louis, MO where she grew up landlocked in the midwest with her parents and three biological sisters, their fake sister from Ecuador, no less than six rescue dogs and two chickens.

Until 2012, Michaela served as the VP/Global Travel + Strategic Development for American Express Publishing (Travel+Leisure, Food&Wine, Executive Travel and Departures). She grew up in St. Louis, MO. with her parents, younger sisters, rescue dogs and two pet chickens. She graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.


The town is named after the river, which is presumed to be named after Margaret Whicher, cousin of John Garrett Bussell (founder of Busselton) in 1831. The name is first shown on a map of the region published in 1839. Before British settlement the area was inhabited by the Noongar people. [5] The first British settlers arrived as early as 1850, with timber logging commencing in around 1870. By 1910, the town had a hotel which also operated as a post office.

After World War I, an attempt by the Government of Western Australia to attract migrants to Western Australia (known as the Group Settlement Scheme) and establish farms in the region attracted new settlers to the town. In 1922 over 100 settlers moved into the district.

In the early 1920s the Busselton to Margaret River Railway was built and in 1925 the Margaret River to Flinders Bay line opened.

The Margaret River Perimeter Road, a bypass to take traffic, including heavy vehicles, from Bussell Highway, to the east of the town, and also connect to a new access road to the nearby airport, was opened in December 2018 and completed in February 2019. [6] [7] [8] [9]

Margaret River is located 9 kilometres (6 mi) inland from the Indian Ocean at a point about halfway between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia's South West region.

The climate is warm-summer Mediterranean (Csb in the Köppen climate classification), with an average annual rainfall of around 1,130 millimetres (44 in). Most rain falls between May and August, when around two days in three record measurable rainfall and around one in ten over 10 millimetres (0.39 in). On occasions, as in August 1955, the town has had measurable rain on every day of a month in this period. During the summer, the weather is warm, though there are usually sea breezes, and frequently sunny. The dry summers, coupled with strong winds, creates an environment where there is always a high risk of bush fires.

Margaret River is the foremost Geographical Indication wine region in the South West Australia Zone, with nearly 55 square kilometres (21 sq mi) under vine and over 138 wineries as at 2008. The region is made up predominantly of boutique-size wine producers, although winery operations range from the smallest, crushing 3.5 tonnes (3.4 long tons 3.9 short tons) per year, to the largest at around 7,000 tonnes (6,900 long tons 7,700 short tons). [10] [11] The region produces just three percent of total Australian grape production, but commands over 20 percent of the Australian premium wine market.

Stretching some 100 kilometres (60 mi) from north to south and about 27 kilometres (17 mi) wide in parts, the region is bounded to the east by the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, and to the west by the Indian Ocean. A Mediterranean-style climate, lacking extreme summer and winter temperatures, provides ideal growing conditions. The climate is described as similar to that of Bordeaux in a dry vintage. [10] [11]

Humidity levels are ideal during the growing period and the combination of climate, soil and viticulture practices leads to consistently high quality fruit of intense flavour. Consequently, annual vintage results continue to exceed expectations and reinforce Margaret River's reputation as one of the premium wine-producing regions of the world. [12] [13]

The principal grape varieties in the region are fairly evenly split between red and white Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Shiraz, Merlot, Chenin blanc and Verdelho. [10] [14]

Several hundred caves are located near Margaret River, all of them within Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Six of these are open to the public. [15]

One of which being the multi-chambered Mammoth Cave, which lies 21 kilometres (13 mi) south of the town and contains fossils dating back over 35,000 years. [16] The cave was first discovered by European settlers in 1850 and has been open to the public since 1904. The cave can be explored by a self-guided audio tour, and is one of the few caves in Australia offering partial disabled access. [17]

The other five caves open to the public in the area are Jewel Cave, Lake Cave, Ngilgi Cave, Calgardup Cave and Giants Cave. Many other caves can be accessed with a permit by experienced cavers.

The Margaret River area has acquired a range of synonyms for the collection of surf breaks nearby, with some 75 breaks along 130 kilometres (81 mi) of coastline. [18] [19] Usually significant surfing competitions concentrate their locale to Margarets Main Break (aka Surfers Point) which breaks in the vicinity of Prevelly at the mouth of Margaret River. [18]

The actual range of surf breaks range from the eastern side of Cape Naturaliste down to just south of Cape Hamelin, and despite web sites and online sources calling the whole Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin region the Margaret River surfing area, conditions and break types vary along the coast.

The Cowaramup Bombora ("Cow Bombie") big wave surf break 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) offshore produces one of the biggest waves in Australia. [20] [21] [22]

The town contains four primary schools, Margaret River Primary School, Rapids Landing Primary School, Margaret River Montessori School, and St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, and one high school, Margaret River Senior High School.

Arte-TV produced an episode of Nouveaux paradis about Margaret River. The 2008 documentary shows interviews with (amongst others) tourist officials, surfers, and dolphin watchers. [23] Margaret River was also visited in the 1966 documentary film The Endless Summer. On 25 April 2009, on Sky television's Soccer AM, Hugh Jackman called Margaret River the best place he's ever been to, citing the surf, the beaches, the food, the wine, the people and the air as his reasons for thinking so. In 2013, many locals featured in the film Drift, starring Sam Worthington, as well as many surfing scenes being shot on location at local surf breaks. [24] Surfing locations included popular breaks such as Grunters and Main Break. [25]

Industries need not die on the vine

Agriculture industries such as wine-growing are not the only ones that need fine-scale climate information to manage their climate risk. Forestry, water management, electricity generation, insurance, tourism, emergency management authorities and Defence also need such climate modelling, specific to their operations, to better prepare for the future.

The world has already heated 1C above the pre-industrial average. Global temperatures will continue to rise for decades, even if goals under the Paris climate agreement are met.


Bursting with natural preservatives, like benzoic acid and pectin, lingonberries were invaluable to early Scandinavians. Their special properties allow them to be stored for months at room temperature by simply placing them in a jar of water without the addition of a preservative salt.

The simple concoction of "pickled" berries in jars (called vattlingon) was traditionally saved and served alongside holiday dishes and in winter comfort feasts. Early uses also included stirring the raw berries with a small amount of sugar to make a rårörda lingon, a classic Swedish lingonberry jam—no cooking required.

If you have some fresh ones in your possession and want to use them in the future, they take well to freezing. Place them in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with wax paper and freeze. Then, transfer them to a resealable freezer bag. If stored properly, they'll keep for up to a year.

The most renowned australian wine regions from west to south-east:

- Margaret River (Western Australia) (Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz)

- Barossa (South Australia) (Shiraz)

- Coonawara (South Australia) (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot)

- Adelaide Hills (South Australia)

- McLaren Vale (South Australia) (Shiraz, Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay)

- Clare Valley (South Austrlia) (CHardonnay, Sémillon, Riesling)

- Hunter Valley (New South Wales) (Sémillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet sauvignon)

- Yarra Valley (Victoria) (Chardonnay, Pinot noir)

- Rutherglen (Victoria) (Shiraz, Durif)

- Heathcode (Victoria) (Shiraz, Cabernet sauvignon)

- Mornington Peninsula (Victoria) (Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Chardonnay)

- Tasmania (Riesling, Pinot noir)

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Using US map to examine scale of massive Australia wildfires

The size of the wildfires would cover a large portion of the United States.

Australia fires burn through 15 million acres of land, kill at least 25 people

The raging fires in Australia have burned over 12.35 million acres of land -- with at least 24 people killed and more than 2,000 homes destroyed by the blazes, officials said.

The size of the fires across the country are twice as large as the state of Maryland and bigger than several other states, including Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

A superimposed map of Australia over the United States shows the hot spots around the country as the massive wildfires have spread Down Under.

In New South Wales alone, more than 130 fires are still burning, including almost 70 that are not contained.

An estimated 480 million animals have been killed since the start of the bush fire season in September, according to estimates from ecologists at the University of Sydney.

That figure only includes mammals and does not include insects, bats or frogs, according to a statement on the university's website. "The true loss of animal life is likely to be much higher than 480 million," the statement said.

"Until the fires subside, the full extent of the damage will remain unknown, Dr. Stuart Blanch, senior manager of Land Clearing and Restoration for WWF-Australia told ABC News in a statement.

"This includes the death of thousands of koalas, along with other iconic species such as kangaroos, wallabies, gliders, kookaburras, cockatoos and honeyeaters," Blanch said. "Many forests will take decades to recover and the fires are worsening Australia’s extinction crisis."

Up to 30% of koalas are estimated to have died in fires on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.

The government has committed an additional 2 billion Australian dollars towards the recovery effort, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Monday. The money is in addition to the "government's emergency and disaster payments, and the financial support for volunteer firefighters."

"The fires are still burning. And they'll be burning for months to come," Morrison said. "And so that's why I outlined today that this is an initial, an additional, investment of $2 billion. If more is needed and the cost is higher, then more will be provided."

Local Favourites

Cultural Custodian and local Wadandi man Josh Whiteland spent his childhood growing up on the beaches of Busselton and Dunsborough.

First, rinse all sand from your clams. Place the clams in a large pan or a sink with a stopper. Pour a large volume of boiling water over the clams (about 1 quart for 15 clams). Wait about ten seconds and dump out the water or drain the sink. Immediately place clams in cold tap water and remove meat from shell.

The best way to transport razor clams is dry and in a cool spot. Covering them with cloth soaked in seawater can help. It is also best to clean them as soon as possible and get the meat into the refrigerator.

It is not recommended to transport them in seawater, unless for just a short time. In seawater they continue to respirate and as a metabolic by-product they produce ammonium. In a closed container they begin to suck that back in and that can lead to an off-taste in the clam flesh. In freshwater they die and begin to deteriorate – the same when stored directly on ice

Outline Map of Australia

The above blank map represents Australia - the world's smallest continent and the 6th largest country located between the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean in the Southern hemisphere. The above map can be downloaded, printed and used for geography education purposes like map-pointing and coloring activities.

The above outline map represents Australia - the world's smallest continent and the 6th largest country located between the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean in the Southern hemisphere. It is often referred as the “island continent”.

Watch the video: Australian Wine Morrisons Cellar YouTube (June 2022).


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