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Field Guides

A Field Guide to Assessing Australia's Tropical Riparian Zones
This tool provides a robust field-based method to quickly assess riparian condition at small scales (i.e. sections of creeks and rivers less than 10 km long). [pdf 6.7 Mb]

Score Sheets for TRARC
Here are the TRARC score sheets that can be used in the field to assess riparian condition. [pdf 1.4 Mb]

TRARC data entry spread sheet Ord Region
Excel spreadsheet for data entry for use in tropical rapid appraisal of riparian condition. [xls 835.5 kb]

TRARC general data entry spread sheet
General excel spreadsheet for data entry for tropical rapid appraisal of riparian condition. [xls 840.0 kb]

Casuarina Coastal Reserve Plants
This guide identifies the more common and distinctive plants of the Casuarina Coastal Reserve which is the most frequently visited protected area in the Northern Territory. [pdf 1.4 Mb]


These books are a selected range of titles focusing on issues in northern Australia.



Country of the Heart welcomes us into the country, culture, lives and stories of the MakMak clan:  the white-breasted sea-eagle people (as featured in the Impacts section in Savanna Walkabout).

"My strength. The strength of that land. You can feel it in yourself, you belong there. It's your country, your dust, your place." (MakMak people)

Authors: Deborah Bird Rose with Sharon D'Amico, Nancy Daiyi, Kathy Deveraux, Margaret Daiyi, Linda Ford & April Bright.


Lost from Our Landscape: Threatened Species of the Northern Territory identifies these threatened plants and animals and the problems they face.

"These species are part of our heritage, part of the unique Territory environment; and our society has a responsibility for sharing this land with them" (Woinarski et al. 2007).

Edited by: John Woinarski, Chris Pavey, Raelee Kerrigan, Ian Cowie & Simon Ward  


Native Plants of Northern Australia is a comprehensive guide to plants in the Top End. This book also includes traditional Indigenous plant use.

Author: John Brock

Termite Book

Termites of Northern Australia uncovers the amazing world of termite societies and their role in the ecosystem (see Termite Trails in Savanna Walkabout). It also outlines some of the Aboriginal uses of termites.

In the authors' words, "this book is dedicated to the many thousands of people who visit northern Australia each year and marvel at termites."

Authors: Alan Anderson, Peter Jacklyn, Tracy Dawes-Gromadzki and Ian Morris

Nature of North-web

The Nature of Northern Australia offers a synthesis of the natural values and ecology of northern Australia together with recommendations for actions needed to maintain these values.

" ... the land has important values that many people don’t currently recognise—and that those values shouldn’t be discounted or degraded through making transformations to the landscape. .... there is an important role for Indigenous communities, pastoralists and other land owners and managers across northern Australia. We should be ensuring, on a national scale, that the people that manage landscapes appropriately are appropriately rewarded" (Woinarski et al. 2007).

Authors: John Woinarski, Brendan Mackey, Henry Nix and Barry Traill

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The Bush Book provides a comprehensive range of stories and advice for anyone managing bushland in the north. 

Authors: Maria Kraatz, Dr Peter Jacklyn and Mike Clark


book cover: Walking with the seasons in Kakadu

Walking with the Seasons in Kakadu takes the reader on an enchanting journey of the six seasons in Kakadu through the English and Gundjeihmi languages.

"Each season reveals wind patterns, insects, animals, birds, flowering and fruiting plants and some seasonal indicators that relate to these." (Lucas, 2003)

Author: Diane Lucas 

In the learning modules on this site, other Indigenous calendars are incorporated in Join the Researchers (Savanna Walkabout) and Outback Cinema (Burning Issues).

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Quoll was inspired by the successful Island Ark Program which features in Join the Researchers (Savanna Walkabout). The beautifully illlustrated book centres on a mother quoll and her family's plight with the cane toad invasion.

"In trying to to find out how to protect her family, she receives council from a Thylacine spirit (he is a symbol of extinction which threatens the Quoll) who sends her to the coast where she finds a beautiful leaf boat and rows to safety to an island the toads can't reach" (Kendell, 2008).

Author and illustrator: Sandra Kendell


The Barrumbi triology - The Barrumbi Kids, The Spirit of Barrumbi and Leaving Barrumbi - entwines Indigenous and non-Indigenous characters’ lives. Through the characters’ adventures, environmental issues, cross-cultural education and adolescent relationships are explored.

“'I am interested in the places where cultures and languages meet. Especially how people use language and story to bridge cultural differences or to make statements about their separateness.” (Norrington)

Author: Leonie Norrington