The mission: To conquer the Southern Alps on an Epic Drive over six days and a thousand kilometres.
The Challenge: A vehicle that can absorb all the luggage that we can persuade Virgin Business Class to carry, that can keep us safe and comfortable for 400km days, can keep ahead of the B-Doubles up the hills, and occasionally pass a team of stoners in a dodgy VW Kombi.
The Winner: A Toyota Yaris Automatic. A Small Car for a Big World.
It’s the season for baby birds. We’ve spotted several nests in the trees at the Botanic Gardens. This male Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) is tending to two newly-hatched chicks in their nest.