Glossary

whinge:A complaint. A whinger is someone who constantly complains.
yabbies:Plural of yabby. A yabby is a freshwater crayfish. Yabbies can reach up to 30 cm (12 in) in length but are more commonly 10-20 cm (4-8 in) long.
drongo:A "no-hoper" or fool. Derives from a racehorse of that name in the 1920's that never won a race out of 37 starts.
boofhead:A fool or someone with a large head. Or both.
within cooee:Cooee is an Aboriginal bush call that can be heard over great distances. Being 'within cooee' is being within hearing range when someone calls 'cooee!' (Coo-ee)
bunyip:A mythical creature from Aboriginal folklore. Said to inhabit dark places and billabongs.
goanna:goannaLarge monitor lizard that can grow up to 2.5 m (8.2 ft) in length. Features heavily in Aboriginal folklore.
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wombat:wombatWombats are stout, sturdy, short legged marsupials. Females have a backward facing pouch. They grow to about 1.3 metres (4.45 feet) in length, and can weigh up to 36 kg (80 lbs)
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kookaburra:Blue Winged Kookaburra - Berry Springs - Northern Territory - AustraliaThe kookaburra is the largest member of the kingfisher family. It measures up to 46 cm (17 in) from the tip of its beak to the tip of its tail. Its plumage is shades of whites and browns, which help it to blend easily into its environment. It's laugh is actually a territorial call to warn other kookaburras to stay away.
Laughing kookaburra call courtesy of Nature Sound
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Tasmanian devil:Tasdevil large The Tasmanian devil is the world's largest surviving marsupial carnivore. Devils have a squat build, with a relatively large, broad head and short, thick tail. Body size varies greatly, depending on the diet and habitat. Large males weigh up to 12 kg (25 lb), and stand about 30 cm (12 in) high at the shoulder.
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