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Lord Howe Island's many faces

Lord Howe Island is the remains of an extinct volcano located off Australia's east coast. It has mountainous peaks, dense rainforests, sandy beaches and lagoons complete with coral reefs. See some of the many different animals and plants that can be found on Lord Howe Island. You'll see why it's protected by World Heritage ...

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Tackling the crown-of-thorns starfish

Did you know the crown-of-thorns starfish is a natural predator that is having a huge impact on the Great Barrier Reef? Watch this clip to find out about the damage it's causing and what scientists are doing to try to protect the reef. Find out the role that people play both in causing and in managing this environmental issue.

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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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Trek into Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair

Tasmania's Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair are part of the Tasmanian World Heritage area. Come and see jagged peaks and pristine lakes that were formed thousands of years ago during the last ice age. Find out why the Aboriginal people of this area, the Larmairremener, called Australia's deepest lake 'Leeawuleena'.

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Kingdom of the crocodile

Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage site in the tropical north of Australia. Bursting with a rich collection of plant, bird, mammal and reptile species, Kakadu is a special place where the Saltwater Crocodile sits at the top of the food chain. Watch this clip to find out about the landscape, climate and life found in Kakadu.

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The world's largest living organism

The Great Barrier Reef is a collection of large coral reefs that stretch for more than 2,000 km along the Queensland coast. The Reef is home to a huge number of plants and animals, and it has many islands and coral cays. Watch nesting turtles and go underwater to see spectacular footage of reef creatures. Discover more ...

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Great Barrier Reef, a world heritage area

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world and has been world heritage listed by UNESCO. Find out about the World Heritage Convention and the responsibilities of the countries who signed up to maintain heritage listed areas. How has the challenges of maintaining a balance between human activity and ...

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Heritage sites in Australia

This is a collection of digital curriculum resources focusing on 26 places on the National Heritage List in Australia. Some have been listed for natural values, others for historical values and still others for cultural values. Ten of the sites shown have also been inscribed on the World Heritage List for both natural and ...

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World Heritage sites from the ancient world

This is a collection of 15 digital curriculum resources that either show or refer to World Heritage sites of the ancient past. The resources are grouped into four categories - ancient sites in Africa; Asia; Australia and Europe. The collection is composed almost entirely of colour photographs.

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The 1864 eight-hour day demonstration

This is a black-and-white print that shows the eight-hour day demonstration entering the Zoological Gardens (now the Royal Melbourne Zoo) in Melbourne, Victoria. The large procession of people, some carrying banners and flags, can be seen in the background, while in the foreground, several spectators including a few policemen ...

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Vietnamese banner, 1999

This is a banner designed by Tran Quoc Hung and made by the Cynthia Dowler Gallery in 1999. The banner is a montage of colourful images, each of which represents some aspect of the Vietnamese migration experience. The banner measures 1.51 m x 0.72 m.

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Jewish banner, 1986

This is a banner that was designed and made by the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation. In shades of green, red, blue and gold, it shows Jerusalem, the Star of David over Adelaide on a map of Australia, a ram's horn and scrolls from the Torah. The banner measures 77 cm x 173 cm.

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Premier Gray and supporters of the Franklin Dam scheme, 1982

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in November 1982 that shows a group of supporters of the Tasmanian Government's decision to dam the Franklin River. The then premier of Tasmania, Robin Gray, is pictured at the left of the photograph in front of a large banner. Two placards held by members of the group are clearly ...

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Anti-dam rally, 1982

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken from above on 13 October 1982, of a rally opposing the Franklin River dam scheme. Many of the large crowd hold signs, such as 'Don't / Dam / Wild / Rivers', 'No / More / Dams' and 'Save a / wilderness / for our / children'. The rally has blockaded the road.

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Bob Brown and Lorraine Bayly at a 'No Dams' rally, 1982

This is a black-and-white photograph that shows Bob Brown, then Director of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society, and Lorraine Bayly, a popular actress, leading a protest march against the damming of the Franklin River. They are pictured walking in front of a large banner. Other protesters can be seen in the background, many ...

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Ellison Reef: has it been saved?

Ellison Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef, is located off the coast of Mission Beach in North Queensland. In 1981, after years of court battles, the entire Great Barrier Reef became a protected World Heritage Site. But, after three decades of protection, the reef is still dying. What action is required to save one of ...