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Island hopping in a tropical paradise

The Whitsunday Islands, a collection of continental islands close to the mainland, were created when sea levels rose and flooded the valleys. These tropical Queensland islands are a haven for many plant, bird and reptile species. Take a tour of the Whitsundays and the surrounding Great Barrier Reef and see the different landforms.

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An island where warm waters meet cool

Lord Howe Island lies off the east coast of Australia where warm, tropical seas meet cool currents from the south. Here, a mix of fish suited to warmer waters live together with fish suited to the cooler southern waters. Lord Howe Island has many reasons to be protected, such as being home to the world's most southern coral ...

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Birds of Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island in the Pacific Ocean is home to some amazing plants and animals, including many different types of birds. Watch this clip to find out about the terns, Masked Boobys and flightless Lord Howe Island Woodhens that call this island home. Discover how people are involved in researching and protecting these important ...

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Island life: needs and wants

Get ready for life on a tropical island. Pack things to take to the island. Think about the importance of items such as food, water and shelter. Look at the consequences of your choices. Notice that a shortage of essential items may lead to sickness, rubbish build-up or crumbling buildings. Recognise that some of the choices ...

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Island life: smart choices

Get ready for life on a tropical island. Pack things to take to the island. Think about the importance of items such as tools, clothing and a first aid kit. Look at the consequences of your choices. Notice that a shortage of essential items may lead to sickness, rubbish build-up or crumbling buildings. Recognise that some ...

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Island life: life choices

Get ready for life on a tropical island. Pack things to take to the island. Think about the importance of items such as a fishing rod, seeds and a spade. Look at the consequences of your choices. Notice that a shortage of essential items may lead to sickness, rubbish build-up or crumbling buildings. Recognise that some ...

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Saibai Island canoe

Take a traditional Torres Strait Island ocean-going canoe on a fishing trip and discover the importance of the sea to the local people. Explore a map of the Torres Strait Islands showing the main island groups. Examine a traditional outrigger canoe from Saibai Island. Look at the origins and construction of the hull, sails, ...

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Paradise Island

Explore arguments for and against building a tourist resort on a tropical island. Examine a development proposal and comments from locals and the media. Notice that the comments contain emotive language and are not always based on fact. Prepare a case representing the point of view of a group such as the indigenous population, ...

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Radical hunt: island hunt [Chinese]

Search an island for clues to find a rare bird. Find Chinese characters hidden near the things they represent. Notice they are compound characters that share a common radical. Discover the related meanings of each set of characters. Sort all of the characters according to their common radicals. Identify the general pattern ...

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National parks: Lord Howe

This is a colour clip showing the landforms, coral reef lagoons, birds and fish of Lord Howe Island. It begins by describing how the topography of the region was created by submarine volcanic activity and subsequent erosion. Sequences introduced by naturalist Ian Hutton reveal the behaviour of breeding sea birds, including ...

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National parks: Whitsunday Islands and the Low Isles

This is a colour clip showing the landscapes, flora and fauna of the Whitsunday Islands National Park and the Low Isles marine reserves. The clip explains that the Whitsundays, formerly mountain peaks on continental Australia, were created by the rising of the sea 8,000 years ago. It shows the characteristic tree of the ...

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Crossing to Granite Island - asset 1

This is an excerpt from a silent 6-minute documentary made in 1925 about the coast of South Australia entitled 'Victor Harbour and Port Elliot'. It depicts a tramline route via a causeway from near Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula to Granite Island. There is some footage of the South Australian coastline as the tram ...

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Sydney Harbour from Government House, 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co. The view was taken looking east towards Sydney Harbour from the grounds of Government House on Bennelong Point. Features visible on the Harbour are Farm Cove, Mrs Macquarie's Point, Garden ...

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'Follow the sun', 1938 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white documentary with soundtrack entitled 'Follow the sun'. It was made on the Great Barrier Reef, off Queensland, by Australian filmmaker Frank Hurley in 1938. The clip opens with the film title followed by a scene of people in a living room during winter. The soundtrack contrasts this ...

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'Follow the sun', 1938 - asset 6

This is an excerpt that concludes a black-and-white documentary with soundtrack entitled 'Follow the sun'. It was made on the Great Barrier Reef, off Queensland, by Australian filmmaker Frank Hurley in 1938. The sequence begins with men and women in swimming costumes walking down the beach to where a yacht has moored. Fishermen ...

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'Outside world comes to keeper of the light', 1933 - asset 1

This is a clip taken from the beginning of an item featured in the weekly episode of the black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review released to cinemas on 13 April 1933. The item as a whole is about the visit of the supply ship 'Cape York' to lighthouses along the coast of Tasmania. After the title screen, the clip opens ...

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'Outside world comes to keeper of the light', 1933 - asset 2

This is a clip taken from the first half of an item featured in the weekly episode of the black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review released to cinemas on 13 April 1933. The item as a whole is about the visit of the supply ship 'Cape York' to lighthouses along the coast of Tasmania. This clip features Tasman Island and ...

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'Outside world comes to keeper of the light', 1933 - asset 3

This is a clip taken from the second half of an item featured in the weekly episode of the black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review released to cinemas on 13 April 1933. The item as a whole is about the visit of the supply ship 'Cape York' to lighthouses along the coast of Tasmania. The clip features Maatsuyker Island ...

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'Outside world comes to keeper of the light', 1933 - asset 4

This is a clip taken from the end of an item featured in the weekly episode of the black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review released to cinemas on 13 April 1933. The item as a whole is about the visit of the supply ship 'Cape York' to lighthouses along the coast of Tasmania. The clip opens with the family of a lighthouse ...

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The Ship That Shouldn't Have, 1984: Heard Island

This clip shows the barren landscape and glaciers of uninhabited Heard Island, which is situated 4,100 km south-west of Western Australia, in 1984. People are shown exploring the terrain and a voice-over describes the harsh climate, the ruggedness of the terrain and the fates of two previous visitors. The camera shows their ...