Outdoors

Hike in quality

Tasmania’s investment in architect-designed, environmentally sensitive walkers’ huts – that stay naturally warm and dry year-round – is paying dividends for wilderness tourism and hiker comfort.

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Treat your site right

Too often gardens are trampled and destroyed during a building project but if you protect, rather than neglect, your soil and vegetation you’ll reap the rewards in your new garden, writes landscape designer Michael Tanner.

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Purr-fect design

Cats wipe out a million native animals a day in Australia, leading some local governments to consider 24/7 cat confinement orders, in line with laws governing dogs. With change afoot, what design solutions are out there for keeping roaming moggies at home? Veterinarian Joanna Griffith investigates.

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Sustainable stays

Make your next getaway a stay in an eco home and pick up valuable ideas for your own green renovation or build.

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Gardening with stormwater

Don’t let all the water go down the drain: use clever landscape design to keep your garden thriving with stormwater.

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Natural pools in depth

Natural pools are designed to minimise the environmental impact of backyard bathing, and are aesthetically beautiful too. With hundreds of these systems now installed in Australia, we find out how they work.

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Reducing your lawn area is the best way to save water as lawns can account for up to 90 per cent of water used in gardens.