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Update! Photos have now been added to the dictionary. Read more.

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6. Soak (mp3)

7. Swamp (mp3)

8. Forest (mp3)

9. Donga (mp3)

10. Tank and dam (mp3)

11. Gully (mp3)

12. Plains (mp3)

13. Paddock (mp3)

14. Mangrove (mp3)

15: Mallee (mp3)

16. Ridges and ranges (mp3)

17. Black stump (mp3)




OzPic was a joint project between ABC Local Radio and Macquarie Dictionary which aimed to uncover some of hundreds of environmental words and to supplement their definitions with a photograph – not just one picture but one from each region of Australia so that we can see how billabongs vary across the country, how the sandstone cliffs of the Blue Mountains differ from the granite rocks of the Tasmanian Tiers, and uncover other hidden gems along the way. 

To read more, download the PDF.

We want your photos and words

Help us create a picture of Australia by uploading a photo that depicts an aspect of the environment around you. We'll also pick our favourites to share on Instagram and some will make it into the Macquarie Dictionary Online.

Submit a photo

Need some ideas on what to start snapping? Download the word list or just browse our entries for inspiration.

We are also looking for any new words or meanings relating to the Australian environment that are used in your locality but are not yet in the Macquarie Dictionary. Or perhaps the word is in the dictionary, but it's used differently in your neck of the woods. You can send us any new words or meanings via the Suggest a word page.

Make sure to check out the latest photo submissions on our Instagram.

ABC radio program and weekly podcast

ABC Local Radio

Our media partner, ABC Local Radio featured a weekly program hosted by Macquarie Dictionary Editor, Susan Butler. Each week she focused on a particular feature of the environment, talking about the origin of the words associated with that environment, and changes in their meanings.

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