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Minibeasts in the forest treetops

The Daintree tropical rainforest in Far North Queensland is home to many different insects and spiders. Take a trip into the treetops to see some of the minibeasts that live there, such as Rhinoceros Beetles, Green Tree Ants and spiders.

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NSW ecosystems on show

This resource highlights fifteen natural ecosystems found in New South Wales. Each resource has been designed for students investigating ecosystem types in NSW, providing a greater understanding of their location, function, how they are impacted by human activity and how schools and communities can work to protect them. ...

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'Blackbutt Forest, North Coast', 1884-1917

This full plate glass negative was taken at some stage between 1884 and 1917. It depicts a man on a horse amidst very tall, thick trees in a forest. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the reverse of the negative.

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'Lodore Fall, Blue Mountains', 1880-1900

This full plate glass negative of the Lodore Fall waterfall in the Blue Mountains was taken at some stage between 1880 and 1900. The image shows water flowing in a natural channel down a steep slope over rocks. A tree and ferns can be seen in the foreground. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the ...

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Forest secrets

This website presents information about Victoria's tall timber forests, home of the mighty mountain ash, 'Eucalyptus regnans'.

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Palm oil

Palm oil is an ingredient in many everyday items, from ice-cream to shampoo. See how two friends created a social media campaign calling for palm oil to be sourced only from sustainable plantations. This clip from 2012 outlines some of the impacts of using uncertified palm oil and shows how average people can make a difference ...

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Making a difference in the Daintree

Thousands of visitors flock to Queensland's Daintree rainforest region each year. See how a new ecotourism venture is not only improving the tourist experience, but also benefits the local Aboriginal community.

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Why are they called the Blue Mountains?

The Blue Mountains are home to many different species of eucalypt trees. See how a bushfire in the Blue Mountains is part of the cycle of life. Bushfire changes the landscape but also stimulates new growth and regeneration of the forest. Watch this clip to see the eucalypt forest before and after a fire.

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At the peak of the Kakadu monsoon

The monsoonal rains of Kakadu are the lifeblood of the landscape, creating the floodplains and paperbark swamps that animals rely on for food and shelter. Kakadu National Park is a special place where a dramatic cycle of life and death is played out. Explore one of Australia's national treasures, Kakadu, at the peak of ...

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The Daintree, where rainforest and reef meet

Queensland's Daintree National Park is one of the few remaining large areas of tropical rainforest in the world. Come tour the rainforest and see why it is part of a World Heritage area. Find out why it is thought to be one of the oldest rainforests on the planet. See some of the plants, reptiles, birds, insects and amphibian ...

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Discover the Daintree's secrets

The Daintree in Tropical North Queensland is a place of high rainfall that feeds clear creeks that flow through the rainforest. Explore the Daintree's waterways by canoe and discover just some of the many plants and animals that live there. Rise above the lush, tree-top canopy in a giant crane to view this tropical rainforest ...

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Don't get into a flap about elephant ears

It is now known that three species of elephants live across Africa and Asia: two in Africa and one in Asia. In this clip we look at how elephants from different climates have slightly different features and differ in size. Find out which elephants have the biggest ears and the wrinkliest skin - and why!

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News story [includes spoken instructions]

Explore where newspapers come from and go to. Follow the production cycle of a newspaper: forest plantation, paper mill, printing press, newsagents, readers, waste paper and recycling. Look at how planting trees and recycling paper help the environment.

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News story [no spoken instructions]

Explore where newspapers come from and go to. Follow the production cycle of a newspaper: forest plantation, paper mill, printing press, newsagents, readers, waste paper and recycling. Look at how planting trees and recycling paper help the environment.

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Monsoon vine forest

The image shows a view from the ground looking up through the forest canopy of monsoon vines at Berry Springs Nature Park, Northern Territory, Australia.

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Antarctic beech forest

This is a colour photograph of an Antarctic beech ('Nothofagus moorei') forest in Queensland's Lamington National Park, shrouded in fog. The large tree in the foreground has a hole at its base and is covered in epiphytes. The path through the forest is carpeted with dead leaves and lined with ferns and saplings. The light ...

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Felling giant karri in Western Australia in 1929

This is an excerpt from the silent black-and-white documentary 'The golden west' filmed in Western Australia in 1929. A highly decorated intertitle, 'Down among the big timbers the giants of the forest are fashioned into many things for many lands. "Come to the West - 1929"' is followed by scenes showing the felling of ...

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'Crossing the Teremakau River', 1876

This is a watercolour on paper created by Nicholas Chevalier (1828-1902) in 1876. It shows four horses, three with riders and one without, crossing a riverbed in a forest. The riders appear to be following a trail, which leads off into the distance. The artist's signature and the date are visible in the bottom right-hand ...

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Digging drainage trenches in Canberra, 1929

This is a black-and-white photograph of men digging drainage trenches along a power line in Forrest, a Canberra suburb, in 1929. In the foreground three men are digging in a trench. In the distant background, partly hidden by trees, is the Kingston Power House.

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'Sheep station in the forest, Challicum, 1843'

This is a watercolour by Duncan Cooper that shows a sheep out-station in the forest at Challicum, a sheep run west of Ballarat in western Victoria. It depicts a slab hut set among red gums ('Eucalyptus camaldulensis'). A watchman is standing in front of the hut, and on the left of the painting is a sheepfold (enclosure) ...