The Great Lizard Trek

September 2018
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    10th September 2018
  • ISBN 9781486308828
  • Language English
  • Pages 32 pp.
  • Size 10" x 8.625"
  • Images Color paintings throughout

Rocky, an ornate dragon, lives on the granite rocks in the southwest of Australia. His ancestors have lived in this hot environment for around 10 million years, and for more than 60,000 years, they have lived alongside Indigenous Australians. Rocky's habitat is under threat, and his desert relatives in the north are facing challenges due to rising temperatures. So Rocky sets out on a trip.

Along with Western science, Rocky uses his knowledge of Indigenous culture and language to engage with all that he encounters on his journey. The Great Lizard Trek accompanies Rocky to see what the future may bring.

Written by Felicity Bradshaw, a retired Research Officer at University of Western Australia, and illustrated by Norma MacDonald, an Aboriginal Yamatji artist, this book will delight, entertain and inform primary school aged children.


• A timely introduction for children to some of the potential effects of climate change on Australia’s animals
• Beautiful illustrations by Norma MacDonald, renowned Aboriginal Yamatji artist
• Interweaves Indigenous language and culture with Western science.

Felicity Bradshaw

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Norma MacDonald

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